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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: ExxonMobil, Goodrich, E-Waste Prison Sentence

The Department of Transportation has fined ExxonMobil $1.7 million for alleged pipeline safety violations relating to the company’s Silvertip pipeline, which leaked about 1,500 barrels of oil into the Yellowstone River in 2011. The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration said the spill would have been about two-thirds smaller if the … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Solar Finance, Freedom Foods, ICC Global Services

Solar industry companies including Distributed Sun and DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions have established the truSolar Working Group, a consortium that aims to develop uniform financial standards for solar projects. Less than 5 percent of US lending institutions are actively involved in financing solar projects due to concerns about industry risks, and … Read more »

Coal-Fired Carbon Capture Tops 238 MW

Coal-Fired Carbon Capture Tops 238 MW

The total installed capacity of global coal-fired carbon capture and storage (CCS) was 238 MW at the end of 2011, according to a new report by Global Information, Inc. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) for Coal-Fired Plants – Opportunity Assessment and Key Country Analysis to 2025 says the 238 MW … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Roquette $4m Fine, Climate Tax, Wind PTC

Roquette America Inc. has agreed to pay a $4.1 million civil penalty to settle more than 1,000 alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit at its grain processing facility in Keokuk, Iowa, the EPA and the DOJ said. In addition to paying the penalty, Roquette will complete … Read more »

Nike, Campbell Soup, Chevron Among ‘Best Corporate Citizens’

Nike, Campbell Soup and Chevron are among the best corporate citizens, according to the second annual Top 10 rankings by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. CR Magazine ranked the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens by industry in 10 sectors — consumer items; consumer staples; energy; financial, insurance and real estate; healthcare; information … Read more »

Lighting Science Group and National Park Service Open ‘First of Its Kind’ Net-Zero Visitor Center

LED company Lighting Science Group and the National Park Service have opened a net-zero visitor center (pictured) in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the first of its kind in the nearly 400 parks that make up the national parks system. Named for the congressman who introduced legislation to create … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Calif. Carbon Market, Biofuel 2013 Targets, No More Solyndras Act

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Calif. Carbon Market, Biofuel 2013 Targets, No More Solyndras Act

The American Carbon Registry anticipates a 29 percent shortage of compliance offsets in the California carbon market as compared to total potential demand for compliance offsets in all compliance periods if no additional protocols beyond the existing four are adopted by the California ARB. The report also show that with … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Cape Wind, GAO Backs EPA Rules, Chromium Lawsuit

The Federal Aviation Administration ruled that the planned 130-turbine Cape Wind offshore project will have no effect on the safety of area aeronautical operations, repeating a finding that was overturned by the US Court of Appeals last year. This is believed to be the final federal regulatory clearance for the 11-year … Read more »

Evergreen, Maersk Among First to Join Port of Los Angeles Clean Ship Incentive Program

Major shipping carriers Evergreen, Hamburg Sud North America, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming are the inaugural participants in the Port of Los Angeles’ Environmental Ship Index, an international clean air incentives program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to port. The shipping carriers … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Asia Pulp & Paper, Bonsucro, LEED ND

Asia Pulp & Paper Group announced that three of its mills have earned SVLK certification, and are the first pulp and paper mills in Indonesia to achieve certification under the country’s new wood legality verification system. The SVLK system creates a chain of custody process designed to ensure that mills … Read more »

Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt Among 23 Hotels Launching Carbon Measurement Standard

Fairmont, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental and 19 other international hotel companies have agreed on a standard to calculate the carbon footprint of hotel stays and meetings. The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) formed the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative Working Group in early 2011 to … Read more »

Enlighted Launches Virtuo Series Lighting Control System

Lighting control system company Enlighted Inc. has unveiled the Enlighted Virtuo Series, a lighting control system featuring the industry’s first autonomous, adaptive sensor. This “thinking” sensor aims to maximize occupant comfort and minimize energy cost by measuring ambient light, occupancy and temperature at each fixture and tailoring light levels to … Read more »