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ExxonMobil

States Investigate Exxon, Launch Corporate Climate Fraud Crackdown

Massachusetts will investigate whether ExxonMobil lied to the public and investors about climate change risks to its business, joining New York and California in investigating the oil giant. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the probe yesterday, at a press conference with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, former vice … Read more »

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States to Feds: Don’t Wreck States’ Chemical Rules with TSCA Reform

As the bill that will reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 moves closer to final passage, 12 state attorneys general are urging US lawmakers to protect states’ efforts to regulate toxic chemicals. Both the US Senate and House of Representatives passed bills last year that aim to overhaul … Read more »

Himark BioGas

Himark BioGas to Build 3 Food-Waste-to-Energy Plants

Himark BioGas has signed an agreement with NEO Energy for the design, construction, and start-up of three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer plants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The AD plants will recycle food waste to produce organic-based fertilizer and renewable electricity. AD plants designed on Himark BioGas’ patented … Read more »

States Pledge 3.3M Zero Emission Vehicles by 2025

Eight US states located on the East and West Coasts have released a plan to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025. The Multi-State ZEV Action Plan, in which the states pledge to develop infrastructure, coordinated policies, codes and standards, is the first promised milestone … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama Climate Czar, Carbon Capture, CDM

White House deputy director for climate Dan Utech has become President Obama’s top energy and climate change advisor, The Hill reports. Utech replaces Heather Zichal, whose last day was Friday. The Department of Energy will invest nearly $84 million in 18 projects to research second-generation technologies for carbon capture from coal-fired power … Read more »

Mississippi

Mississippi ‘Most Improved’ State in Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states – including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia – taking major steps that moved them up the ranks. In the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for … Read more »

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Eight States Push for 3.3M Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2025

Governors from eight states including California, Connecticut and Maryland have formed a coalition that aims to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. Governors in the eight-state coalition, which also includes Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, signed a cooperative agreement pledging to include zero-emission … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: West Fertilizer Explosion, TX Agency Appeals its Own Win

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $118,300 in penalties for Adair Grain, the operator of West Fertilizer Co., whose West, Texas fertilizer plant exploded in April, killing 15 people and injuring more than 160. OSHA cited Adair for 24 safety violations including unsafe handling and storage of chemicals. … Read more »

Northeast Carbon Auction Raises $102.5m

Northeast Carbon Auction Raises $102.5m

Nine Northeastern and mid-Atlantic US states raised $102.5 million selling carbon dioxide allowances in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative’s (RGGI) auction last week. RGGI, the nonprofit that administers the regional carbon auction, says all of the available greenhouse gas emissions permits sold out at the Sept. 4 event — it … Read more »