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Supreme Court Strikes Down Mercury Pollution Rule

The US Supreme Court struck down the EPA’s first-ever national standards for mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the agency failed to take into account the costs the rule would impose on utilities. Industry groups said the pollution regulation would costs $9.6 billion annually. The National Mining Association, which, … Read more »

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Secure Supply Chain Key to Sustainable Manufacturing

A reliable, secure supply chain for minerals and metals is vital to keeping US manufacturing competitive and sustainable, write the National Mining Association’s Hal Quinn and the Reshoring Initiative’s Harry Moser in an article on Material Handling & Logistics. The authors cite a survey of manufacturing executives, commissioned by the NMA, … Read more »

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Industry Warns Carbon Rules ‘Not Workable’

Industry groups have sent a letter to EPA chief Gina McCarthy warning that the carbon rules for existing power plants are “not workable,” The Hill reports. The Partnership for a Better Energy Future, which represents 140 organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, National Mining Association, American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel … Read more »

Carbon Pollution Rule Draws Praise, Criticism

Unilever, VF Corporation, Mars and 125 other companies have sent letters supporting the EPA’s proposed carbon pollution rule for existing power plants to the Obama Administration and to Senate and House majority and minority leaders. Sustainability advocacy nonprofit Ceres coordinated the letters, which were also signed by 49 investors managing … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: NY Gas Reserve, Tesla Fire, Coal Protest

New York plans to create a gasoline reserve holding three million gallons of fuel, in an effort to avoid long lines at gas stations such as those seen after Hurricane Sandy, the New York Times reports. The $10 million pilot program would be the first state-owned gasoline reserve in the … Read more »

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Unilever, Levi’s to EPA: Finalize Power Plant Rules

Unilever, Levi Strauss, Symantec and Patagonia are among the 22 companies that have signed a letter supporting the new carbon pollution standards for power plants proposed last week by the EPA. The business group, along with some 50 investors — including the country’s largest public pension fund, CalPERS — with … Read more »

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Power Plant Carbon Emissions Limits Proposed

New large gas-fired power plants would be limited to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour and new small gas-fired turbines to 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour under the EPA’s proposed Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution proposed today. New coal-fired units would need … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Exxon Charged, NY Green Bank, EIA Data ‘Flawed’

Exxon Mobil unit XTO Energy has been charged with five counts under the Clean Streams Law and three counts under the Solid Waste Management Act, related to the alleged illegal dumping of over 50,000 gallons of wastewater from shale drilling in Pennsylvania in 2010. State inspectors found a plug removed from a … Read more »

Coal Industry Attacks Climate Plan

President Barack Obama’s climate plan drew praise from renewable energy companies and criticism from the coal industry, which says the new rules to cut carbon pollution at new and existing power plants will hurt the economy and increase electricity prices. The National Mining Association president and CEO Hal Quinn warned … 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 »