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States, Industry Ask Supreme Court to Block Clean Power Plan

In another attempt to block the Clean Power Plan, 29 states and state agencies are urging the US Supreme Court to stop the carbon emissions rule for power plants from taking effect. The have been joined by 16 trade associations including the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association … Read more »

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Clean Power Plan Becomes Law, 24 States Sue to Block Carbon Rule

The EPA published the Clean Power Plan in the federal register today, making existing power plants in the US legally responsible to limit carbon pollution for the first time. Under the new carbon law, existing coal-burning power plants must cut carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 … Read more »

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EPA Can Enforce Clean Water Rule in States That Didn’t Sue, Judge Says

A judge’s ruling that blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect late last month only applies to the 13 states that sued to stop the rule — not nationwide. A federal judge in North Dakota clarified the injunction he issued at the request of North Dakota and 12 other … Read more »

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Judge Blocks Clean Water Rule

A federal judge in North Dakota blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect Friday in 13 states. The rule, authored by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers expands the reach of the Clean Water Act to protect US streams and wetlands from pollution. While the EPA says … Read more »

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Nebraska Power Plant to Use Hydrogen Fuel, Slash CO2 Emissions

Nebraska Public Power District, the state’s largest electric utility, plans to replace an existing coal-fired boiler at its Sheldon Station plant in Hallam with one that uses clean-burning hydrogen fuel — a move the utility expects to reduce CO2 emissions at the plant by 1.1 million tons per year. Monolith … Read more »

Bioplastic Piping Cuts Landfill Gas Project’s Installation, Maintenance Costs

A thermoplastic resin piping system connecting landfill gas to the local gas distribution system will save operators money with reduced installation cost and minimal maintenance cost compared to steel, says chemicals producer Arkema, which manufactured the plastic piping. Arkema, Georg Fischer Central Plastics, and BioResource Development (BRD) teamed up to … Read more »

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High Plains Aquifer Under Threat, Report Warns

The High Plains Aquifer, a critical water source for US farmers and ranchers, is diminishing at an accelerated rate and nearly 70 percent of it will be pumped out within the next 50 years if existing trends don’t change, according to a report published in the Proceedings of the National … Read more »

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Contract Wins: Mercedes-Benz, Plug Power, Fiat, AeroVironment

Plug Power has received an order from Mercedes-Benz for 123 additional hydrogen-based GenDrive fuel cell units to power new forklifts at a logistics hub under construction in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Last July, Mercedes purchased 72 GenDrive fuel cells for the lift truck fleet at its Tuscaloosa vehicle assembly plant. Plug Power … Read more »

Corn-Producing States Face High Water-Shortage Risk

Corn-Producing States Face High Water-Shortage Risk

Washington, DC, New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego are among the cities most at risk for drought-induced water shortages, according to a report from the Columbia University Water Center, in conjunction with Veolia Water and Growing Blue, a collaboration of NGOs, water companies and industry groups. Joining the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Approval, SCOTUS Backs EPA, Fracking Rules

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Approval, SCOTUS Backs EPA, Fracking Rules

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved a revised route for the Keystone XL pipeline through the state, which leaves final approval of the pipeline project in the hands of the Obama administration. The State Department must review the 1,700-mile pipeline because it crosses an international border, but an earlier impact statement … Read more »