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Companies Pay $7 Billion in EPA Enforcement Actions

EPA enforcement actions in 2015 cost companies more than $7 billion, requiring them to invest in equipment to control pollution and clean up contaminated sites, according to the agency’s annual enforcement results. In fiscal year 2015, the EPA secured record-setting hazardous waste, Clean Air Act, and Superfund settlements. It also … Read more »

Statoil to Field Test Methane Detection Technology

Statoil has joined the Environmental Defense Fund’s Methane Detectors Challenge — a collaboration between oil and natural gas companies, technology developers, environmental groups and government and academic advisors that aims to identify and bring to market new technologies that will help reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. EDF says … Read more »

Methane Detectors Challenge Finalists Chosen

Five proposals have been chosen as finalists by the Environmental Defense Fund in the Methane Detectors Challenge, an initiative to identify next-generation technologies that will help better monitor and ultimately help reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. The challenge is being sponsored by EDF and seven partner … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: SCOTUS Hearing, Oil Train Safety, GHG Reporting Rule

The Obama administration’s climate agenda faces its first Supreme Court test today, Reuters reports. The court will consider whether the EPA’s regulation of vehicle greenhouse gas emissions automatically triggers a requirement that large stationary sources such as power plants also control their emissions, Dorsey & Whitney partner and former Department of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Duke Investigation, Cooling Towers, Chemical Studies

The federal government has launched a criminal investigation into Duke Energy’s February 2 coal ash spill in North Carolina’s Dan River. The US Attorney’s Office in Raleigh issued subpoenas seeking records from from Duke and the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the AP reports. The EPA has extended the comment … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Water Act, RFS Suit Looms, Kauai GMO Bill

The House will take up the Water Resources Reform and Development Act next week, according to a statement by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The Senate passed the act in May. The American Petroleum Institute plans to sue if the EPA does not finalize the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by the … Read more »

Apple, Colgate Among Companies Agreeing to 44 Shareholder Resolutions

Apple, Intel, Colgate, Smucker’s, Crocs, and Garmin are among the companies whose investors successfully used shareholder resolutions to spur corporate action on climate change, hydraulic fracturing, supply chain and water availability risks, among other sustainability issues, during the 2012 proxy voting season. Advocacy group Ceres says of the some 110 … Read more »