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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP’s Latest Spill, Rare Earths, NESHAP

The EPA is investigating possible violations of the Clean Water Act following BP’s crude oil spill into Lake Michigan from its Whiting, Ind., refinery. BP today more than doubled its estimate of the maximum amount spilled, to 39 barrels, or 1,638 gallons. The EPA said the spill likely poses no long-term risk … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: WV Spill Hearings, Pump Efficiency, Monsanto and SCOTUS

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said the Senate will hold hearings on the West Virginia chemical spill that left 300,000 residents unable to drink their tap water. She said a hearing in early February will address the spill itself, and this will be followed by work on chemical safety reforms, The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Molasses Spill Probe, Bechtel Faulted

An investigation into a molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, which was likely Hawaii’s worst-ever marine environmental disaster, has been set back by the federal government shutdown. Officials overseeing the probe at the EPA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been sent home, though state environmental regulators continue investigating whether … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Rally, Monsanto in Supreme Court, NYC EVs

Thousands of protesters gathered on the National Mall Sunday calling on President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline plan and take action on climate change. The Forward on Climate rally brought an estimated 35,000 people from 30 states, protesting the Keystone project for facilitating carbon-emitting oil sands … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE Budget, EPA Stormwater Regs, Chevron Fire

The Energy Department would see its budget cut by 8.2 percent if sequestration were allowed to take effect as part of the fiscal cliff deal. Democrats say they are working to protect funding for clean energy research and protect programs in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Republicans say many clean … Read more »