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Truck, Engine Manufacturers Urge Single GHG, Fuel Efficiency Standard

In response to the EPA and US Department of Transportation’s proposed greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) said it continues to support efforts to assure that the EPA and DOT coordinate efforts and propose a single, national GHG reduction and … Read more »

oil spill

Plains Pipeline Ordered to Clean Up Santa Barbara Crude Oil Spill

Plains All American Pipeline, the owner and operator of the pipeline that leaked heavy crude oil near Santa Barbara, California, has been ordered to continue its cleanup work inland, beachside, and in the ocean, to contain the oil and prevent further shoreline contamination. The EPA and the US Coast Guard … Read more »

Hospitals Face Ebola Waste Challenges

Based on US hospital experiences to date, one Ebola patient will likely generate eight 55-gallon barrels of medical waste per day, making storage, transportation, and disposal of the waste a major challenge for hospitals, according to the California Hospital Association. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended … Read more »

TOTE Maritime

LNG-Fueled Ships Get $324.6M Loan Guarantee

US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a $324.6 million loan guarantee to TOTE Shipholdings to finance the construction of two liquefied natural gas-fueled container ships. The vessels will be constructed at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, Calif. As dual fuel vessels, primarily operating with LNG, but … Read more »

Oil Train Safety Alert Issued

Railroads operating trains containing large amounts of Bakken crude oil must notify state emergency response commissions about the operation of these trains through their states, according to an emergency order issued by the US Department of Transportation. The emergency order follows several recent oil train crashes, the most recent being … 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 »

Hokulani-Kaholo

Sandia Team Building Hydrogen Fuel Cell Unit

A new fuel cell technology demonstration project led by Sandia National Laboratories will be deployed to the Port of Honolulu by 2015 to show how the portable unit can lower emissions and reduce energy consumption. The unit will fit inside a 20-foot shipping container and will consist of four 30-kilowatt … Read more »

Intermodal Service ‘Reduces CO2 52%’

Shipping a container on the Cold Train refrigerated express intermodal service from Washington State’s Port of Quincy to Chicago or from Chicago to Quincy reduces the shipment’s carbon footprint by 52 percent compared to a long-haul truck, says energy services company McKinstry. The report validates a previous estimation of carbon … Read more »

Walmart, Lowe’s Develop Chemical Reporting Tool

The Retail Industry Leaders Association has rolled out an initiative designed to streamline the required safety data sheet process used by suppliers and retailers to exchange chemical and product information. Retailers require detailed information to safely handle chemical products in compliance with regulations from the US Department of Transportation, Occupational … Read more »