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States, Industry Ask Supreme Court to Block Clean Power Plan

In another attempt to block the Clean Power Plan, 29 states and state agencies are urging the US Supreme Court to stop the carbon emissions rule for power plants from taking effect. The have been joined by 16 trade associations including the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association … Read more »

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Clean Power Plan Becomes Law, 24 States Sue to Block Carbon Rule

The EPA published the Clean Power Plan in the federal register today, making existing power plants in the US legally responsible to limit carbon pollution for the first time. Under the new carbon law, existing coal-burning power plants must cut carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 … Read more »

Report: Methane Mitigation Could Stimulate US Economy

Increased use of technologies and services that capture methane emissions from oil and gas systems could save the industry over $1 billion in lost product, reduce air pollution and create new jobs, according to an economic analysis by Datu Research and the Environmental Defense Fund. The report identifies 76 companies … Read more »

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Expect CNG Price Hike as Tax Credit Expires

Compressed natural gas (CNG) prices at the pump for cars and trucks will increase 30 percent at some stations because of a federal tax credit set to expire Jan. 31, FuelFix reports. Most stations use the incentive — a 50-cent tax credit on each gasoline gallon-equivalent of natural gas sold … Read more »

Honeywell Plans $300M Climate-Friendly Coolant Plant

Honeywell Plans $300M Climate-Friendly Coolant Plant

Honeywell plans to invest about $300 million to increase production capacity for HFO-1234yf, a low-global-warming refrigerant for cars, including building a commercial manufacturing plant in Louisiana for the air conditioning refrigerant. HFO-1234yf has a global-warming potential (GWP) of less than 1. This GWP is 99.9 percent lower than that of … Read more »

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BP Releases $627 Million Plan for Oil Spill Restoration

Toxic chemicals associated with the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill may be linked to continued problems growing oysters in Louisiana waters as well as the deaths of hundreds of bottlenosed dolphins and thousands of sea turtles and migratory waterfowl, according to an environmental assessment released Friday. The assessment also says … Read more »

Cabot Pays $84M in Clean Air Act Settlement

Cabot Corporation, the second largest carbon black manufacturer in the US, has agreed to pay a $975,000 civil penalty and spend an estimated $84 million on technology to control air pollution, resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations at its three facilities in the towns of Franklin and Ville Platte, La. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Renewable Fuel Standard, Japan Slashes GHG Target

The EPA is likely to reveal the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard mandates today, Reuters reports. Agency officials have told industry representatives that the EPA may raise quotas above the level contained in a draft plan in August, Bloomberg reports. Japan has dramatically cut its 2020 emissions reduction target, from 25 percent … Read more »

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Shell Picks Site for $12.5bn Gas-to-Liquids Plant

Shell has selected Ascension Parish, near Sorrento, La., as the site for its planned $12.5 billion gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility, according to company officials and Gov. Bobby Jindal. The oil and gas company will finalize its decision to build the project after site evaluation and preliminary engineering studies are completed. Construction … Read more »

Louisiana Doesn’t Get Energy Efficiency Incentives, After All

The Louisiana Public Service Commission has nixed plans for a statewide energy efficiency program. In December it looked as if the commission would back the idea. But since then, a member of the commission – Jimmy Field – retired and was replaced by new member Scott Angelle, who cast the … Read more »