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Railserve Locomotive Uses 50% Less Diesel

Fairmount Santrol has deployed a Railserve Leaf Gen-Set locomotive at its Roff, Oklahoma, resin-coating plants. The locomotive uses 50 percent less diesel fuel in less time to move six times the number of railcars around the two Roff property plants, while reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 84 percent and … Read more »

Tenneco Unveils Tier 3 Emission Control Technologies

Tenneco has exhibited a demonstration vehicle equipped with several emission control technologies designed to meet upcoming US EPA Tier 3 emissions regulations. In addition to meeting the Tier 3 emissions regulations, the technologies are designed to deliver efficiency improvements that can help automakers further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. US EPA … Read more »

EPA Finalizes Fuel and Car Standards

The EPA today finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline to cut volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides by 80 percent, establishing a 70 percent tighter particulate matter standard and virtually eliminating fuel vapor emissions. These standards will also reduce vehicle emissions of toxic air pollutants, such as benzene by … Read more »

Shell

Shell, BP ‘Generally Support’ Renewable Fuel Standard

Shell and BP have broken with the oil and gas industry’s top trade groups that are demanding the repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard, Fuel Fix reports. Both companies have biofuels ventures: Shell has partnered with Virent to develop plant-based fuels at a facility in Houson while BP has a … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE ‘Mishandled Waste,’ Energy Trust on Ice

The Department of Energy mishandled dangerous waste, placing it in a landfill before treating it – rather than after, as required –  and operating several waste storage units without proper permit authorization, according to a settlement with the EPA. An agency statement referred to a dangerous mix of hazardous and … Read more »

tailpipe emissions

Industry Tells EPA ‘Withdraw Sulfur Rules’

The American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers have called upon the EPA to withdraw its proposed Tier 3 rule, which would require lower sulfur content in gasoline. API says Tier 3 is a “reckless” and “unnecessary” regulation that won’t do much to improve air quality and will … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Solar Tariffs, Formaldehyde, ‘Sue and Settle’ Tactics

The White House is negotiating to drop its steep tariffs on Chinese solar panels, and the EU is talking with China to avoid tariffs scheduled to take effect next month, the New York Times reports. The plan under discussion would create regional solar markets, require Chinese companies to charge more, … Read more »

Battle Lines Drawn Over Tailpipe Pollution Rules

Battle Lines Drawn Over Tailpipe Pollution Rules

The American Petroleum Institute and the American Lung Association have released contradictory reports that, respectively, castigate and praise the EPA’s Tier 3 clean-gasoline proposal. The agency unveiled the proposed standards at the end of March. According to the API report, Effects of Light-duty Vehicle Emissions Standards and Gasoline Sulfur Level on Ambient Ozone, the gas rules … Read more »

EPA Finalizes Power Plant Pollution Standards

The EPA has finalized pollution limits for new power plants, setting emissions limits for mercury and toxic air pollutants like arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium and cyanide. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards sets limits for mercury emissions at 0.003 pound/GWh, a slightly higher rate than the 0.002 pound/GWh initial … Read more »

Tailpipe Pollution Standards Cut Sulfur Levels More than 60%

The EPA today proposed stricter rules on gasoline and vehicle emissions that it says will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks. The long-awaited Tier 3 pollution standards will require refiners to reduce gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60 percent — down to 10 parts per … Read more »

69% of Voters Support Tier 3 Pollution Standards

69% of Voters Support Tier 3 Pollution Standards

A majority of voters — 69 percent — supports the EPA setting stricter standards on gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, SUVs and trucks, according to the American Lung Association’s latest survey. The telephone survey of 800 registered voters found a 2-to-1 majority (62 to 32 percent) support the … Read more »