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China Launches Campaign to Defend p-Xylene

China’s state-run media has launched a campaign touting the benefits of p-xylene, a commonly used chemical that’s been the target of environmental protests in recent years. State television has broadcast reports on p-xylene’s production in other countries and staff at state-run newspapers have published editorials defending the chemical, which is used to make … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Diesel Grants, DOT Slams Oil Sector, Bombardier Fails to Report

Republicans and Democrats are criticizing EPA proposals to cut funding for programs that have strong bipartisan backing. The agency proposes to completely eliminate the $20 million Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grants, which help trucking companies with engine retrofits and replacements. And the EPA has proposed cutting state water quality revolving loan … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama Energy Studies, Oil Train Probe, Carbon Rules

Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx, in a meeting with lawmakers yesterday, said he would investigate the spate of derailments and fires involving crude oil trains. Regulations will investigate whether crude from the Bakken formation is more flammable than more conventional crude oil, The Hill reported. This week another oil train derailed, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FERC $435m Penalty, Fuel Waiver, Calif. Carbon Market

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed a $435 million penalty against Barclays Bank for allegedly manipulating electricity markets in and around California between 2006 and 2008. FERC is also seeking to force Barclays to give up $35 million in profits gained from the allegedly illegal trading, and proposing $18 million … Read more »