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Trump Presidential Victory: What Industry Leaders Are Saying

Industry leaders say they are committed to working with the president-elect Donald Trump come Jan. 1. And they’re also committed advancing the low-carbon economy.

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Chemical Safety Rules Pass Congress. What’s Next for Manufacturers?

Now that the new chemical safety rules have passed both the US House and Senate, what can companies expect?

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Supreme Court Blocks Clean Power Plan

The US Supreme Court yesterday delivered a major blow to President Obama’s climate change policy by temporarily halting the implementation of the Clean Power Plan while an appeals court considers a legal challenge to the rule that aims to regulate coal-burning power plant emissions. The Clean Power Plan requires existing … Read more »

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Obama’s State of the Union Pushes Clean Energy, Calls for Coal-Lease Reform

President Obama took on big oil in last night’s State of the Union, emphasizing the US’ transition to clean energy. “Rather than subsidize the past,” he said, “we should invest in the future — especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels. That’s why I’m going to push to change … Read more »

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EPA Tightens Smog Standards

The EPA issued tighter smog standards yesterday, limiting ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion from 75 ppb. The agency says the updated National Ambient Air Quality Standards will reduce the public’s exposure to ozone pollution and says the public health benefits of the updated standards, estimated at $2.9 to … Read more »

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Clean Power Plan Mandates Steeper Carbon Cuts

The Obama administration released the final version of the Clean Power Plan today and it sets even stricter emissions regulations than the proposal announced last year. The regulation, which aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants, cuts emissions 32 percent by 2030 from levels recorded in 2005. The draft … Read more »

NERA Study Predicts High Costs For Proposed Ozone Regulations

A study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers states that the more stringent ozone standards proposed by the Obama Administration could reduce GDP by $270 billion per year and carry a compliance price tag of $2.2 trillion from 2017 to 2040. The NAM estimates the new standards would be … Read more »

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Industry Warns Carbon Rules ‘Not Workable’

Industry groups have sent a letter to EPA chief Gina McCarthy warning that the carbon rules for existing power plants are “not workable,” The Hill reports. The Partnership for a Better Energy Future, which represents 140 organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, National Mining Association, American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel … Read more »

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EPA GHG Emissions Rules Will Get Supreme Court Review

The Supreme Court has agreed to review whether the EPA can require greenhouse gas emissions permits for stationary sources such as refineries. In its Oct. 15 order the court said it would limit its review to “whether EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor … Read more »

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Power Plant Carbon Emissions Limits Proposed

New large gas-fired power plants would be limited to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour and new small gas-fired turbines to 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour under the EPA’s proposed Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution proposed today. New coal-fired units would need … Read more »

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EPA Won’t Regulate Coal Mine Emissions

The EPA will not set methane emissions rules for coal mines, according to a document published in the Federal Register today. EarthJustice had petitioned the EPA to add coal mines to the Clean Air Act list of stationary sources and use the law to regulate their greenhouse gas emissions, similar … Read more »