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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil Safety Alert, BNSF Suit, GSA Seeks Industry Input

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a safety alert in response to last week’s oil train derailment and fire near Casselton, N.D., warning that crude oil from the state’s Bakken formation may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude, The Hill reported. The region’s light sweet crude oil has a burning point … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Renewable Fuel Standard, Japan Slashes GHG Target

The EPA is likely to reveal the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard mandates today, Reuters reports. Agency officials have told industry representatives that the EPA may raise quotas above the level contained in a draft plan in August, Bloomberg reports. Japan has dramatically cut its 2020 emissions reduction target, from 25 percent … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Molasses Spill Probe, Bechtel Faulted

An investigation into a molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, which was likely Hawaii’s worst-ever marine environmental disaster, has been set back by the federal government shutdown. Officials overseeing the probe at the EPA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been sent home, though state environmental regulators continue investigating whether … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Wheat Bans, Plastic Bag Bill, Nile Dam

South Korea and Japan halted some US wheat imports and the European Union advised member states to test certain shipments, the Washington Post reported, following the discovery of a test strain of Monsanto genetically modified wheat on an Oregon farm. South Korea later said it did not detect GMO wheat in … Read more »

California Cuts Farmers’ Water Supply

Some farmers and contractors in California will see their water supply cut this year because of an unusually dry winter. Following a wet start to the water year in November and December 2012, the January to March period is tracking to be California’s driest on record, according to the US … Read more »