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Challenging Mercury Laws May Be Next On The President’s Environmental Agenda

Challenging Mercury Laws May Be Next On The President’s Environmental Agenda

Now that the Trump administration has signaled it will try and rollback regulations tied carbon, methane and volatile organic compounds, it may soon turn its attention to most insidious pollutant of them all: mercury.

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Drilling Authority, Wind Leases, $1.7M Pesticide Penalty

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court stuck down parts of a law that removed some of municipalities’ authority to dictate where natural gas drilling can occur. The rules had yet to go into effect, the New York Times reports. The Department of the Interior has proposed to auction for commercial wind energy development, via … Read more »

EPA Proposes Renewable Fuel Standard Modifications

The EPA has proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard program that include new renewable fuel pathways aimed at enhancing the ability of the biofuels industry to supply advanced biofuels, including cellulosic biofuels, to the market. The EPA has proposed that renewable diesel, renewable naphtha, and renewable electricity — used in … Read more »

Oil, Gas EHS Spending: 60% Jump Predicted

Oil, Gas EHS Spending: 60% Jump Predicted

Oil and gas companies’ spending on environment, health and safety issues will balloon 60 percent to $56 billion in 2030, up from $35 billion in 2011, as heavily publicized environmental disasters have increased regulatory scrutiny, a Lux Research study says. Upstream oil and gas producers — the companies that pull the … Read more »

EPA to Review Flame Retardants

The EPA says it will assess 23 commonly used chemicals, with a specific focus on flame retardant chemicals, to ascertain any potential risks to people’s health and the environment. This effort is part of the Toxic Substances Control Act Work Plan that identifies commonly used chemicals for risk assessment. Americans are often … Read more »

Efficient Set-Top Boxes ‘to Save $1.5 Bn’ – But NRDC Cries Foul

A consortium of 15 TV providers and set-top-box manufacturers including Comcast, DirecTV, Cisco and Motorola have announced a Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement that they say will result in annual residential electricity savings of $1.5 billion – but the National Resources Defense Council has dismissed the announcement as little more … Read more »

BP Banned From Federal Contracts

The EPA has temporarily suspended BP and its named affiliated companies from new contracts with the federal government. The agency is taking this action due to what it calls BP’s “lack of business integrity” as demonstrated by the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response. According to the agency, … Read more »

HP, Best Buy, Lowe’s Among 2012 EPA SmartWay Winners

Distribution services from HP, Best Buy and Lowe’s were three of the 40 freight industry companies honored in the EPA’s 2012 SmartWay Excellence Awards for achievements in moving freight more efficiently while reducing harmful emissions. Since its launch in 2004, SmartWay partners have benefited from $6.5 billion in fuel savings … Read more »

EPA Honors SC Johnson, Diversey in Clean Air Excellence Awards

Diversey’s ReNew Air Scrubber technology and SC Johnson’s sustainability program are among the winners announced in the EPA’s Clean Air Excellence Awards. The Air Scrubber, which is a pollution control program designed to reduce emissions of unwanted volatile organic compounds from rendering plants, was named as a winner in the … Read more »

Procter & Gamble, EPA to Develop Sustainable Manufacturing Tool

Procter & Gamble and the EPA are embarking on a five-year research collaboration to develop a sustainability tool for modeling and assessing product design, material sourcing, and manufacturing options. The global personal care product company and the EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory have signed a cooperative research and development … Read more »