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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: Molasses Spill Probe, Bechtel Faulted

An investigation into a molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, which was likely Hawaii’s worst-ever marine environmental disaster, has been set back by the federal government shutdown. Officials overseeing the probe at the EPA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been sent home, though state environmental regulators continue investigating whether … Read more »

Google’s Support for Inhofe May Backfire

At first glance, Google’s decision to hold a fundraiser for climate-denying senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) appears bizarre. And on closer examination, the picture doesn’t get much clearer. The company has built a fairly strong reputation for its environmental efforts, which it says include a $1 billion investment in renewable energy. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Romney Wind Credit Stance, Enbridge Line 14, Airline Bill Passed

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would allow the wind energy tax credit to expire. President Obama is in favor of extending the credit, which is estimated to cost the federal government $1.6 billion this year. This costs less than the combined tax subsidies for oil, coal and natural gas by … Read more »