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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Rule Goes to White House, Ryan Budget Attacks ‘War on Coal’

The White House has received the EPA’s draft regulations on carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to Office of Management and Budget records cited by The Hill. President Obama set a June deadline for the proposal, a cornerstone of his climate change plan. An EPA finding from earlier this … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Standards, Duke Energy Order, Alpha Fine, Efficiency Bill

The EPA has extended the public comment period on its carbon standards for new power plants, and on the February 26, 2014, notice of data availability soliciting comment on Energy Act provisions, by 60 days to May 9. Judge Paul Ridgeway of Wake County Superior Court in North Carolina ordered Duke … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil by Rail, Free Trade Deal, Arctic Drilling

The US National Transportation Safety Board and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada yesterday issued recommendations for crude oil transportation by rail. They proposed that rail carriers develop spill-response plans and avoid highly populated areas. Such transportation has come under increasing pressure after a series of derailments and fires. Last week … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chevron ‘Failure,’ BP Claims ‘Fraud, States Petition EPA

The EPA accused Chevron of 62 violations of federal environmental law, related to an August 2012 fire at a Richmond, Calif., refinery that released a huge gas cloud and sent thousands of people to the hospital. The agency called risk management at the facility “a pervasive failure,” saying the company failed to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Ontario Ditches Coal, Wind Farm Guilty in Bird Deaths

Ontario’s last coal-burning power plant is due to close in the next year, and premier Kathleen Wynne plans this week to introduce a bill, the Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, to ban coal in the province entirely. Wynne hosted Al Gore at a public event to celebrate the ahead-of-schedule closure of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Diesel Engines, NRC ‘Intimidation’

The EPA has made $2 million in rebates available, under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act, to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel construction engines. The agency will accept applications until January 15, and expects to award the rebates in February. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairman of the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Cooling Water, Mercury, SCOTUS Air Pollution Case

The Environmental Protection Agency said it will delay publication of its final cooling water intake rule for power plants and industrial facilities until Nov. 20, citing the government shutdown in October, Bloomberg BNA said. The agency was required by a 2010 legal agreement with environmental group Riverkeeper to issue the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Sunflower Defeat, EU CO2 Standards

Germany has convinced Britain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to try to delay a vote on cutting CO2 to 95 g/km for all new EU cars from 2020, a target agreed by the EU in June, anonymous EU sources told Reuters. Germany is trying to protect major carmakers Daimler and BMW, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Drug Disposal, HFCs, Climate Hearing

The King County, Wash., board of health passed a law requiring that pharmaceutical companies pay for the disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medicines – only the second such municipal ordinance in the country. Alameda County, Calif., passed drug disposal regulations in July 2012, Waste & Recycling News reports. The USDA is considering … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FERC Fight, Ecotality Suit, Post Holdings

The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow to consider the nominations of Ronald Binz for commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Elizabeth Robinson for under-secretary of energy, and Michael Connor for deputy secretary of interior. Binz’s nomination looks contentious due to opposition from the coal industry, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Sherwin-Williams, Duke Energy, Beijing Pollution

Sherwin-Williams has agreed to pay $1.35 million to reimburse the US for costs incurred to combat releases of hazardous substances at the Eagle Zinc Superfund Site in Montgomery County, Ill. In a consent decree filed with the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the US agreed not to sue … Read more »