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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Standards Inquiry, Water Rights Act, Duke Coal Ash

The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced an investigation into the EPA’s carbon limits on new coal-fired power plants. Republicans on the committee asked Gina McCarthy for information, particularly on how the agency approached the issue of carbon capture technology, The Hill reports. The Waterkeeper Alliance says it has photos showing that Duke … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Soot Ruling, Chemical Hearing, Quake Stops Fracking

The US Court of Appeals in Washington ruled in favor of the EPA yesterday, finding that the agency didn’t violate rule-making procedures when it set standards for particulate matter emissions from new steam-generating power plants. The state of Texas and power company body the Utilities Air Regulatory Group had challenged the … Read more »

Carbon Capture ‘Would Send Electricity Prices Soaring’

Carbon Capture ‘Would Send Electricity Prices Soaring’

Wholesale electricity prices would soar from 70 percent and 80 percent with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) at coal-fired power plants, according to the Energy Department. According to Bloomberg News, Julio Friedmann, deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the Energy Department, told the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Compliance Results, Coal Ash, Microgird Research

The EPA released its annual enforcement and compliance results demonstrating a focus on violations that have the most impact on public health. Highlights for fiscal year 2013 include $4.5 billion in combined fines, restitution and court-ordered environmental projects, more than $1.1 billion in civil penalties. North Carolina’s environmental agency says it … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Toxics Release Inventory, Climate Hubs, WV Chemical Spill, Keystone XL Pipeline

Total releases of toxic chemicals decreased 12 percent from 2011-2012, according to the EPA’s annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. The decrease includes an eight percent decline in total toxic air releases, primarily due to reductions in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions. The 2012 data show that 3.63 billion pounds of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: WV Spill Hearings, Pump Efficiency, Monsanto and SCOTUS

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said the Senate will hold hearings on the West Virginia chemical spill that left 300,000 residents unable to drink their tap water. She said a hearing in early February will address the spill itself, and this will be followed by work on chemical safety reforms, The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Electricity Act, GMO Suit, Pinelands Pipe Decision

The energy and power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a markup and vote today and tomorrow on HR 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act. The bill, which committee chair Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced on Thursday, would require that EPA carbon … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: AZ Solar Ruling, GMO Veto Override, China’s ‘Red Lines’

The Arizona Corporation Commission has agreed, 3-2, to preserve the state’s net metering system for distributed solar power but to levy a 70 cents per kW charge to help compensate utilities. That is between one-eight and one-tenth of the charge the utilities had sought. Regulators also told the utilities to … Read more »