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Factories Shuttered Due to Smog in Beijing

Heavy smog enshrouded eastern China for the second time this month, pushing the air quality index to severe levels and prompting Beijing officials to temporarily shut down factories. Beijing’s city government ordered 103 heavily polluting factories to suspend production through Thursday, reported the Associated Press. Officials also told government departments … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: EPA PM Advance, Natl Green Bldg Standard, ISO 14001

The EPA has launched a new voluntary clean air program, PM Advance, to help communities meet soot pollution standards, raise air quality and improve public health. PM Advance will help communities develop strategies for reducing harmful fine particle emissions. Participants will commit to taking specific steps to reduce soot, such as … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Autumn Statement, China PM2.5, Toxic Train Wreck

UK Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement to parliament said that the UK will consider tax breaks for shale-gas exploration, as the ban on fracking is set to soon expire. The chancellor wants to give priority to gas because it’s cheaper than renewables and less harmful than coal. Osborne … Read more »