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Ebola Waste Permits Granted to Five Companies

Veolia and Advanced Environmental Options are among five companies that have received “non-site-specific” special permits for handling Ebola waste, according to Reuters. The other special permits have been issued to Stericycle, Triumvirate Environmental and Smith Systems Transportation, according to a spokeswoman for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Under … Read more »

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 »

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Record Railroad-Related Crude-Oil Spills in 2013

Thirty percent more crude was spilled from US rail cars in 2013 than in the nearly four previous decades combined, according to US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration data. An analysis of the data by the Washington Post found railroads spilled 800,000 gallons of crude oil between 1975 and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil Safety Alert, BNSF Suit, GSA Seeks Industry Input

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a safety alert in response to last week’s oil train derailment and fire near Casselton, N.D., warning that crude oil from the state’s Bakken formation may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude, The Hill reported. The region’s light sweet crude oil has a burning point … 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 »

Pipeline Detection Systems Flawed, Study Says

The general public and emergency responders identified oil and gas spills far more often than computerized detection systems used by pipeline companies, according to a draft report commissioned by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The leak detection study, which is in draft form and set to be completed … Read more »