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Utilities Expect More Environmental Regulations

Some 77 percent of energy and utility professionals expect an increase in environmental regulations during President Obama’s second term, according to a survey by environmental software provider Enviance. Despite this expectation, many utilities lack environmental reporting systems – some of which are already mandatory – and plans to deal with … Read more »

Case Set to Challenge EPA’s GHG Regs

Case Set to Challenge EPA’s GHG Regs

Oral arguments will begin February 28 in a case challenging a “weak link” in the EPA’s regulatory process for greenhouse gas emissions, according to Greg Gasperecz, VP of environmental, health and safety at Enviance. Gasperecz was speaking to participants in Environmental Leader’s latest webinar, GHG and the Crystal Ball: The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: UN Conference, Chevy Volt Fire Risk, Electric Bills to Rise

The United Nations Climate Change Conference kicks off in Durban today, presenting the last chance for countries to come to an agreement on extending the Kyoto protocol, Reuters reports. The news service reports that there is a chance countries may agree a stop-gap measure to prolong the protocol, and that developed … Read more »

EPA Resists Calls to Strengthen CO Standard

The EPA has declined to change the national air quality standards for carbon monoxide, but will require more focused monitoring in densely populated areas. The agency yesterday said its review of the science showed that air quality standards set in 1971, at nine parts per million over eight hours and … Read more »

EPA to Regulate Aircraft NOx; GHGs Could Be Next

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed nitrogen oxide standards for engines used primarily in large commercial aircraft, including 737s, 747s and 767s, just days after a court decided that the EPA has responsibility to regulate carbon emissions from aviation. The EPA has published a proposed rulemaking to adopt the NOx … Read more »

EPA to Limit Drifting Smog

The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized widely anticipated Clean Air Act regulations on pollution that crosses state lines. In an announcement shortly before noon Eastern, the EPA said the Clean Air Transport Rule will cut hundreds of thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions that … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Boiler Rule Delay, Obama’s 56 mpg Plans, Asbestos Exports

The Environmental Protection Agency has further delayed issuing its final air toxics standards for boilers and certain solid waste incinerators, until April of next year. The EPA released the final Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators in February. At the time, the agency said it would “reconsider” certain … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Mercury, Renewable Fuels, MACT Boiler Rules

The EPA is making yet another extension to a public comment period, this time on proposed mercury and air toxics standards for coal plants. But the agency said the 30 day extension to the timeline for public input will not delay the issuing of final standards, scheduled for November. Last month … Read more »

Utilities, EPA Both Winners in Supreme Court GHG Ruling

The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously against the states in AEP v. Connecticut, ruling that they can’t invoke federal law to force utilities to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, Bloomberg reports. The six states –  California, Connecticut, Iowa, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont – along with New York City and three … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Ethanol Flip-Flop, EPA Rules ‘Won’t Cut Carbon’

The Senate Thursday made an abrupt reversal on ethanol subsidies, voting 73-27 to remove a major tax break for the industry. The measure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) ends a 45 cent per gallon credit for ethanol that fuel blenders mix into gasoline, the Hill says. The amendment also ends … Read more »

EPA Delays Power Plant GHG Limits

The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed, by two months, a deadline for when it must propose draft rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. In a statement, the EPA said it is moving the deadline for proposing the GHG performance standard, from July 26 to September 30. The schedule … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Obama’s Cree Visit, Renewable Funding Cuts

President Obama is scheduled to meet today with his Jobs and Competitiveness Council, composed mostly of business executives, at the Durham, N.C., headquarters of LED manufacturer Cree. The council will deliver recommendations on speeding up growth in sectors including clean energy, manufacturing, construction and health care. According to the (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) … Read more »