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Violation Tracker

Top Environmental, Health and Safety Violators Ranked

Eight large corporations have each been penalized more than $1 billion in environmental, health and safety cases brought by federal regulatory agencies since 2010, according to a new database called Violation Tracker. Forty firms have paid $100 million or more. BP tops the list with its $25 billion total — … Read more »

BOP Control System Fluid Improves Drilling Operations’ Safety, Performance

Raisepower and atg UV Technology have designed a system that combines UV treatment and filtration to treat hydraulic fluids used for subsea blow out preventer (BOP) operations. BOPs are safety devices used to prevent the uncontrolled flow of liquids and gases during drilling operations. BOPs are typically controlled and operated by … Read more »

Enforcement Trends: What the EPA Numbers Show

Enforcement Trends: What the EPA Numbers Show

The number of EPA civil enforcement case initiations and conclusions last year continued a downward trend seen since FY09, as the agency continued to pursue larger and more complex cases, according to newly released data. The FY13 EPA Enforcement and Compliance Annual Results show that last year the agency initiated 2,418 civil … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP Fine, Chevron Suit, Water Bill, School Asbestos

The European Union has agreed its first law to regulate safety in offshore oil and gas drilling in EU waters, to present for final endorsement from member states and the European Parliament. The legislation covers the criteria for awarding operating licenses and penalties for breaching safety standards. Companies will also … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: 54.5 MPG, Carbon Tax Revenue, Solyndra Tax Breaks

The Obama Administration finalized standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025. The standards issued by the Department of Transportation and the EPA follow implementation of the administration’s standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2011-2016. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Biofuels Producers Coordinating Council, California ETS, Carbon Bill

Eight biofuels groups are forming a coalition, the Biofuels Producers Coordinating Council, in reaction to calls to limit a federal mandate for renewable fuels because of the drought. The coalition aims to defend the renewable fuel standard, which requires 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol to be blended into traditional … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chevron, Mexico Low-Carbon Bill, Oil Market Speculation

Here’s the latest policy, enforcement and legal news affecting corporate environmental and energy executives. Today’s briefing includes 10 items. The new Brazilian prosecutor of the case against Chevron Corp and drilling firm Transocean, Celso de Albuquerque Silva, is seeking a suspension of the companies’ operations. Though a similar request in … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EU Aviation Law, Carbon Permits, GHG Targets, Gulf Sheen

India’s environment minister called the EU aviation law on carbon emissions a deal-breaker for global climate talks. and joined China in barring its carriers from participation. The European Commission president hinted that the EU could to drop the new rules if it could make progress toward an international solution, the New … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: LA Feed-in-Tariff, Solyndra Review, Coal Mining, EU ETS, Offshore Wind Lawsuit

Los Angeles City Council approved a measure to allow the Department of Water and Power (DWP) to move forward with a feed-in tariff initiative. The Clean LA Solar program will allow property owners to sell solar power generated from rooftops and parking lots back to the DWP, using a 150-megawatt … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Air Standards, Supreme Court Ruling, EU ETS, Chevron, Keystone Fast-Track

The EPA is retaining the existing secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for NOx and SOx. The agency said that though the standards do not provide adequate protection from harmful deposition-related effects on plants, soil, water and wildlife, levels of NOx and SOx in the air have fallen by … Read more »

BP Reaches $7.8bn Oil Spill Settlement with Businesses, Individuals

BP announced that it has reached a $7.8 billion settlement proposal with the individual and business plaintiffs represented by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC), to resolve economic loss and medical claims stemming from the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill. The company said that it expects to pay the PSC … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Calif. Car Standards, Dam Removal, Gulf Lease Sale, Biorefinery Help

The California Air Resources Board has unanimously approved new emissions standards for cars and light trucks, for model years 2017 to 2025. The standard cuts greenhouse gas emissions to 166 grams per mile, which ARB says is 34 percent below predicted 2016 levels, and cuts smog-forming pollution by an extra … Read more »