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GM, Dow, Others Launch Zero-Waste Initiative

General Motors, Dow Materials and Marathon Petroleum are among the companies working on an initiative to develop zero-waste partnerships in Detroit. The Reuse Opportunity Collaboratory Detroit held its launch event at the General Motors Renaissance Center, bringing together companies, academic institutions, nonprofits and government agencies interested in creating environmental and … Read more »

Petroleum Refineries’ Capacity Increases

Petroleum Refineries’ Capacity Increases

The capacity of US petroleum refineries increased by 101,000 barrels per calendar day between 2013 and 2014, according to a report by the US Energy Information Administration. There are currently 139 operating refineries and three idle refineries with total atmospheric crude oil distillation capacity of 17.9 million bbl/cd in the … Read more »

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Arctic Blast Could Cost US Economy $5 Billion

The record freeze that blanketed the eastern half of the US this week cancelled or delayed thousands of flights, halted road and rail travel, and drove energy prices higher, Reuters reports. At least nine people have died from frigid temperatures, expected to be 25 degrees to 35 degrees Fahrenheit below … Read more »

Koch’s Coke Clouds Show Potential Regulatory Gaps

It was hard to imagine Koch Industries could lose much more public trust. But last week, residents of Windsor, Ontario were given one more reason to dislike the diversified private company, when a huge black cloud of petroleum coke swept into town. It had travelled across the river from Detroit, where … Read more »

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Industry Tells EPA ‘Withdraw Sulfur Rules’

The American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers have called upon the EPA to withdraw its proposed Tier 3 rule, which would require lower sulfur content in gasoline. API says Tier 3 is a “reckless” and “unnecessary” regulation that won’t do much to improve air quality and will … Read more »

Tailpipe Pollution Standards Cut Sulfur Levels More than 60%

The EPA today proposed stricter rules on gasoline and vehicle emissions that it says will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks. The long-awaited Tier 3 pollution standards will require refiners to reduce gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60 percent — down to 10 parts per … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EU Aviation Tax, Transportation Deal, Exxon $1bn Penalty Reversal

EU lawmakers backed a Commission plan to suspend for a year a law that would make all airlines using EU airports pay for their carbon emissions. The committee said that the suspension could be prolonged beyond a year, but only if clear and sufficient progress were made at the International … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP Gross Negligence Alleged, Democratic Platform, Petroleum Loan

The Justice Department has outlined in new court papers examples of gross negligence and willful misconduct on the part of BP for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf. Gross negligence is the most prominent issue in the filing, with the case scheduled for trial in New Orleans in January 2013. … Read more »