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Industry Gets Reprieve on ‘Burdensome’ RMP Amendment

Industry Gets Reprieve on ‘Burdensome’ RMP Amendment

Chemical facilities and other industries were given a reprieve last month on complying with the amendment to the Obama-era federal Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements requiring additional public notice, reporting, accident prevention and emergency response planning obligations for facilities that use or store certain high-risk substances. The 20-month extension means … Read more »

EPA Roadmap: Rules on Ship Discharges, Drug Disposal, Landfill Emissions

The Obama administration seems to be picking up the pace on environmental rule-making – much of which has suffered from repeated delays. This week the administration unveiled a spring regulatory roadmap, the Hill reports. Priorities outlined in the document include: Regulating military ships’ pollution discharges, including deck runoff, fire-fighting foam … Read more »

Under Fire, EPA Withdraws Cadmium Rule

The EPA has withdrawn a controversial rule governing the reporting of cadmium and cadmium compounds, admitting the regulation had caused serious confusion and uncertainty. In an email dated December 14, the agency withdrew the rule it issued under section 8(d) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, saying, “There is significant … Read more »

EPA Proposes Carbon Regulations for New Power Plants

The EPA has released its first proposed Clean Air Act standard for carbon pollution from new power plants. Under the Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants, new fossil-fuel-fired power plants must emit no more than 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour. The proposed rule does not apply to existing … Read more »

Pollution Control Market to Top $9bn by 2017, Report Says

The global air pollution control equipment market should grow significantly once utility, oil and gas companies comply with increasingly stringent environmental regulations such as the EPA’s Maximum Achievable Control Technology rules, according to research by business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Analysis of the Global Air Pollution Control Equipment in … Read more »

Judge Blocks Low-Carbon Fuel Rules

A federal judge has blocked California from enforcing regulations on carbon output from vehicle fuels, according to news reports. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence O’Neill said the standards favor biofuels produced in California, in violation of constitutional commerce laws, the Washington Post reported. The California Air Resources Board said it … Read more »

What Delay? New Light Bulbs Hitting Shelves in 2012

We’ve been covering the impending 2012 light bulb regulations since they were first voted into law. Earlier this month, however, Congress passed a last-minute budget deal that included a block on enforcement of the standards until October – leaving some to wonder what’s changed. The short answer is “not much.” … Read more »

EPA to Finalize Power Plant Mercury Rules This Week

The EPA finished writing mercury-control rules for utilities on Friday, according to the Washington Post. Several sources told the paper that the White House and EPA have wrapped up last-minute talks on the rules, which the agency is planning to announce this week. Friday was the deadline for the EPA … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Clean Water, Clean Air Act, Cross-State Air Pollution

Federal prosecutors said BP broke pledges to improve operations after Alaska’s North Slope pipeline spill five years ago, and are seeking to revoke the criminal probation imposed in a 2007 settlement agreement, Reuters said. In 2007, BP pleaded guilty to a Clean Water Act charge stemming from its 2006 spill … Read more »

GHG and the Crystal Ball: EPA’s Not-So-Clear Path Forward

Join Environmental Leader for a webinar on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 11am PST/2pm EST, discussing the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Mandatory Reporting Rule (MRR). A lot has changed since the EPA first proposed the rule in March 2009. At the time, the EPA said a key goal was was to … Read more »

Obama Axes Ozone Rule; Could Have Cost Business $90bn

President Obama climbed down this morning from proposed national ozone standards that have been heavily criticized by industry and the GOP. In a statement released this morning, Obama said that “after careful consideration,” he has requested that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air … Read more »

Environmental Regulations Shaping Today’s Sustainable Supply Chains

Join Environmental Leader for a webinar on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 8am PDT/11am EDT, discussing environmental regulations shaping today’s sustainable supply chains. Summer 2011 brought a heat wave of regulations. The REACH Committee kicked off June with a draft Commission Regulation to amend Annex XVII of REACH. In July, … Read more »