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White House to Federal Agencies: Consider Climate Change Impacts of Your Actions

Federal agencies must disclose how their actions will impact climate change, according to White House guidance issued today. The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) final guidance updates the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their actions prior to making … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GHG Reporting, Russian Pipeline, Chemical List

The EPA is proposing revisions and confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category and the general provisions of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. In particular, the EPA is proposing to revise or clarify certain definitions, calculation methods and data reporting requirements, and correct certain technical and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama Climate Order, DuPont Penalty, Hurricane Sandy Deception

President Obama is due to sign an executive order today that would help states and cities to include climate resilience considerations when they spend federal money on roads, bridges, flood control and other infrastructure projects, the New York Times reported. The White House is also setting up a task force … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Gas Tank Standards, Train Rules, Chevron Fines

The EPA issued updates on Monday to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks. The updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with higher-emitting tanks first. Storage tanks emitting 6 or more tons of VOCs a year must reduce emissions by 95 percent, with deadlines of April … Read more »

Manufacturers ‘Freaked Out’ about Climate Guidelines

Manufacturers are “very freaked out” by new climate change standards that President Obama will reportedly issue in the coming weeks, Bloomberg reports. According to the news agency, Obama will set guidelines that requires all federal agencies to consider the effects of major projects on air, water and soil pollution. Lobbyists … Read more »