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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Railroad Shipments, Tank Removal, Committee Hearings

Lawmakers are calling for a review of rules that that apply to rail shipments of crude oil  after several recent rail accidents. Safety regulators have warned that inaction could lead to a “major loss of life.” Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) are calling for the Department of Transportation … Read more »

Industry Associations Launch Conflict Minerals Compliance Center

Major industry associations including the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) have teamed up to address conflict minerals compliance questions. AAFA, NEMA, the Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Retail Federation, the Toy Industry Association and … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Water Treatment, Smart Grid, LEED

Three Water Quality Association standards will be promoted and advanced for recognition as consensus American National Standards by ANSI: WQA/ASPE 1201: Electrochemical Drinking Water Treatment Systems; WQA/ASPE S802: Product Sustainability for Activated Carbon; and WQA/ASPE S803: Product Sustainability for Activated Carbon Water Filtration Systems. The American Society of Plumbing Engineers is sponsoring … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Social Cost of Carbon, Car CO2 Rules, FERC Chair

The White House is releasing a technical support document that shows the data behind the increase in the social cost of carbon, The Hill reports. The document, once published in the Federal Register, will be open for public comment for 60 days. The world’s second-biggest carbon market will start next … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: PG&E, Barclays Center, Smart Grid Guidelines

Pacific Gas and Electric has achieved LEED Platinum certification for the remodelling of its 145,000 sq ft San Francisco Service Center Garage, which was built in 1929. The retrofit includes seismic reinforcements that required 65 percent less material than in a traditional design, the company says. The building also includes solar panels … Read more »