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Will EPA Drop New Coal Carbon Capture Requirement?

The EPA may be backing off its carbon capture requirements, according to InsideEPA. The agency’s original draft of the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for carbon dioxide would require all new coal-fired power plants to meet a standard of 1,100 pounds of CO2 per MWh of power produced, which can … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Soot Ruling, Chemical Hearing, Quake Stops Fracking

The US Court of Appeals in Washington ruled in favor of the EPA yesterday, finding that the agency didn’t violate rule-making procedures when it set standards for particulate matter emissions from new steam-generating power plants. The state of Texas and power company body the Utilities Air Regulatory Group had challenged the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Drops Study, Groups Sue Over Smog

The EPA yesterday dropped plans to further study the effect of natural gas drilling on a Wyoming aquifer. A draft agency report in late 2011 found that hydraulic fracturing fluid had likely contaminated groundwater, a finding that prompted an industry backlash. Following several delays, the EPA now says it will … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Shell Lawsuit, Bayer Settlement, ‘No More Solyndras’ Act

Environmental groups – including Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Audubon Society – have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Anchorage to challenge the Interior Department’s approval of Shell’s Arctic spill response plans. The suit comes as Shell continues with plans to drill in the Beaufort … Read more »