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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chemicals Act, Efficiency Bill, Luminant Wins Against Sierra Club

House Energy and Commerce environment and the economy subcommittee chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) unveiled the Chemicals in Commerce Act, legislation aimed at modernizing chemical regulation through updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act. But ranking committee member Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) said the bill would weaken chemical rules and “endanger public health,” The Hill … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: SCOTUS Hearing, Oil Train Safety, GHG Reporting Rule

The Obama administration’s climate agenda faces its first Supreme Court test today, Reuters reports. The court will consider whether the EPA’s regulation of vehicle greenhouse gas emissions automatically triggers a requirement that large stationary sources such as power plants also control their emissions, Dorsey & Whitney partner and former Department of … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ISO 50001, 14001; LEED; NSF/ANSI

Dalkia says it is the first energy services company in France to receive ISO 50001 certification for energy management. The award of this standard covers more than 27,000 installations managed by Dalkia in France. Zuari Cement’s grinding centre near Chennai, India has been certified under ISO 14001 for environmental management. The … Read more »

Coal Plants Drag Heels on Emissions Cuts

Coal Plants Drag Heels on Emissions Cuts

Emissions increased or showed little change at seven of the 10 worst mercury-emitting coal-fired power plants in 2011, compared to 2010, according to a report by the Environmental Integrity Project. The seven plants are owned by Luminant Generation, Southern Company, Great River Energy, Grand River Dam Authority and DTE Energy. But … 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 »