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White House Expected to Propose Slashing Funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

White House Expected to Propose Slashing Funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The White House plans to propose cutting energy efficiency and renewable energy programs at the Department of Energy by 72%, pitting fossil fuels against wind and solar. Businesses are expected to weigh in.

EPA Seeks to Peel Back Regs Overseeing ‘Major Polluters’

EPA Seeks to Peel Back Regs Overseeing ‘Major Polluters’

As part of the Trump administration’s to peel back environmental regulations that it has deemed overly burdensome, it is now going after the “once in, always in” policy that is part of the Clean Air Act and that deals with mercury, arsenic and lead.

EPA Formally Ask Stakeholders How to Change the Clean Power Plan

EPA Formally Ask Stakeholders How to Change the Clean Power Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a formal proposal on Monday asking stakeholders how they would change the Clean Power Plan that would require industry to reduce CO2 emissions by 32% by 2030.

EPA to Publish Proposed Guidelines Clarifying Waters of the United States Rule

EPA to Publish Proposed Guidelines Clarifying Waters of the United States Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is about to publish its proposed guidelines to clarify the Waters of the United States rule so that it mirrors the language used before 2015, which is when the Obama administration broadened the scope of the law.

New Energy Efficiency Standards Out for Manufacturers Expected to Cut Pollution Levels

New Energy Efficiency Standards Out for Manufacturers Expected to Cut Pollution Levels

Some new standards are out to to keep electronics running when the power flickers out. They are the first ever energy efficiency standards by the US Department of Energy that the administration says will not just collectively save billions but also cut down on energy use and emissions.

Bankruptcies in Coal Country put Self-Bonding in Spotlight

Bankruptcies in Coal Country put Self-Bonding in Spotlight

Wyoming regulators previously reached a deal with Arch Coal to accept up to $75 million in place of the company’s $486 million in bonding obligations while the company goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As discussed in an earlier post, coal companies are typically required to post a bond to ensure … Read more »

Federal Regulator Urges States to Deny Coal Development Permits Without Real Insurance

Federal Regulator Urges States to Deny Coal Development Permits Without Real Insurance

The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement asked the states to deny coal companies’ ability to explore if they self-bond, which is to basically self-insure.

Maryland Flood Highlights Need for Climate Change Planning

Maryland Flood Highlights Need for Climate Change Planning

In late July, a historic flash-flooding event killed two people and caused massive destruction in Ellicott City, Maryland. The town received more than 6 inches of rain over the span of two hours. According to the National Weather Service, an event like this should statistically happen only once every 1,000 … Read more »

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Major NYC Businesses Cut Waste 50% — But Can They Achieve Zero Waste by 2030?

Dozens of major companies including ABC Disney, Whole Foods and Anheuser-Busch with offices in New York City have diverted at least half of their waste from landfills and incineration, responding to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s zero waste by 2030 challenge. The 31 business participants collectively diverted 36,910 tons of waste … Read more »

Arctic oil drilling

Obama Administration Tightens Arctic Oil Drilling Rules

The Obama administration has issued final rules on exploratory oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, requiring oil companies to take additional safety and environmental mitigation measures compared do drilling operations in other waters. The regulations, issued by the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) … Read more »

Three Amigos Work to Cut Carbon while California’s Amigos Work to Cut Carbon-Free Nuclear

Three Amigos Work to Cut Carbon while California’s Amigos Work to Cut Carbon-Free Nuclear

While the “Three Amigos” are meeting in Ottawa to discuss ways to limit their carbon emissions, a different group of friends — or shall we say ‘adversaries’ — are meeting in California to ditch its remaining nuclear plant — that provides 8 percent of the state’s electricity and that is also carbon free.

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