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W.Va Spill Sparks Calls for TSCA Reform

The lack of toxicity data on chemicals spilled into West Virginia drinking water last month demonstrates the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, congressmen have argued – and the chemical industry is also pushing for changes. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA – pictured, in a file photo), ranking member … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Better Buildings Act, Chinese Investments, California Drought, Monsanto

The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved The Better Buildings Act (HR 2126), a bipartisan energy efficiency bill authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. David McKinley (R-WV).  As part of the bill, energy efficiency best practices will be established for tenants in commercial building spaces and awarded … 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: Chevron ‘Failure,’ BP Claims ‘Fraud, States Petition EPA

The EPA accused Chevron of 62 violations of federal environmental law, related to an August 2012 fire at a Richmond, Calif., refinery that released a huge gas cloud and sent thousands of people to the hospital. The agency called risk management at the facility “a pervasive failure,” saying the company failed to … 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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US Chamber Urges Congress Block EPA’s Power Plant Rules

The US Chamber of Commerce is backing legislation that would diminish the EPA’s proposed carbon pollution rules for new power plants and block emissions limits for existing power plants. In a letter to Congress, the Chamber, which represents more than 3 million businesses, says the Clean Air Act is “not … Read more »