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EPA Raises Renewable Fuel Requirements, But Can It Survive Trump?

The EPA has raised the amount of renewable fuel that must be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply, drawing an immediate attack from the oil industry. The final Renewable Fuel Standards, announced last week, raise the levels from 18.11 billion gallons this year to 19.28 billion gallons in 2017. This … Read more »

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And the Green Power Leadership Award Goes To…

Intel, SC Johnson, Cisco Systems and Apple are among the leading renewable energy users in the US, according to the EPA, which recognized these and a dozen other companies with Green Power Leadership Awards.

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Finalized. Will Power Sector Legal Challenges Follow?

In a move to reduce nitrogen (NOx) emissions from power plants that contribute to ozone pollution in the eastern US, the EPA has finalized updates to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.

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Airplane Emissions Rules Ready for Takeoff

US climate rules targeting airplane emissions will hurt the nation’s airline industry as well as companies like Boeing and General Electric that make planes and their parts, the industry’s trade group says.

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EPA Delays Carbon Emissions Rules

The EPA will delay its carbon emissions rules for power plants until mid-summer, the agency announced on Wednesday. The rule for new power plants was originally slated to be finalized yesterday, while the final rule for existing power plants was expected June 2. The agency now says it will finalize … Read more »

Carbon Pollution Rules Comment Period Extended

The EPA has extended the comment period for the proposed Clean Power Plan to Dec. 1. The comment period for the carbon emissions rules was originally scheduled to end Oct. 16. The extension comes a week after 53 senators sent a letter to EPA chief Gina McCarthy last week calling … Read more »

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States’ Carbon Plans ‘Need More Time’

States will likely need more time to submit their plans for meeting the new carbon rules for existing power plants, Janet McCabe, acting head of the EPA’s air office, said last week. According to Bloomberg, McCabe told a breakfast hosted by ICF International on July 17 that the EPA recognized … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: IPCC Errors, Ethanol Promises, EPA at Hearings, Green No. 3

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has raised certain estimates of past greenhouse gas emissions, and lowered others, in revisions to its September report. But the IPCC said the errors did not make a significant difference to its overall findings. The IPCC now says 515 billion tons of carbon have been emitted … Read more »

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Obama to Pick Clean-Air Regulator

Janet McCabe, a deputy administrator at the EPA’s clean-air office, is expected to be nominated to head the division, a position that would put her at the center of President Obama’s controversial climate change plan, the National Journal reports. As head of the Office of Air and Radiation, McCabe would … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: RGGI Emissions Limits, Pesticide Ban

Preliminary findings of a federal study into fracking show no evidence that chemicals from a western Pennsylvania drilling operation contaminated drinking water aquifers. The AP describes this as the first independent study into whether the chemicals from normal drilling operations pose a threat to people. Federal judge Carl Barbier dismissed … Read more »