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industrial plant emissions

Urban Air Toxics Down Across US

Coal-fired power plants and other manmade sources have reduced toxic mercury emissions about 60 percent since 1990, according to the EPA’s Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress. The report is the final of two reports required under the Clean Air Act to inform Congress of progress in reducing … Read more »

Don’t Blame Diesel Trucks for PM Emissions

Don’t Blame Diesel Trucks for PM Emissions

Diesel road vehicles emit only a small percentage of particulate matter compared to commercial, institutional and household sectors, says a paper issued by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Eighty three percent of particulate matters emissions in European Union countries and 97 percent in the US and Canada … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: US Climate Fund, Drought Help, Cap-and-Trade Fines

President Obama on Friday unveiled proposals for a $1 billion fund to help communities prepare for the effects of climate change. Money would go to research, “breakthrough technologies” and infrastructure. But the fund – which Obama will formally outline in his 2015 budget in March – requires Congressional approval, Reuters … Read more »

$4M Funding Available to Improve Port Air Quality

The EPA has made available $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports. Most of the country’s busiest ports are located near large metropolitan areas and, as a result, people in nearby communities can be exposed to high … Read more »

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$2M Funding Available to Reduce Diesel Engine Pollution

The EPA has made available $2 million in funding for rebates to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel construction engines. Rebates will be offered as part of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) and are intended to reduce air pollution. Older diesel engines emit … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: IPCC Errors, Ethanol Promises, EPA at Hearings, Green No. 3

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has raised certain estimates of past greenhouse gas emissions, and lowered others, in revisions to its September report. But the IPCC said the errors did not make a significant difference to its overall findings. The IPCC now says 515 billion tons of carbon have been emitted … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: ExxonMobil, Goodrich, E-Waste Prison Sentence

The Department of Transportation has fined ExxonMobil $1.7 million for alleged pipeline safety violations relating to the company’s Silvertip pipeline, which leaked about 1,500 barrels of oil into the Yellowstone River in 2011. The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration said the spill would have been about two-thirds smaller if the … Read more »