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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Electricity Act, GMO Suit, Pinelands Pipe Decision

The energy and power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a markup and vote today and tomorrow on HR 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act. The bill, which committee chair Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced on Thursday, would require that EPA carbon … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: NO2 Standards, HCFCs, Product Efficiency

China will impose stricter standards on the cement, battery, leather and heavy metal industries, including a requirement to control at least 60 percent of nitrogen dioxide emissions, the country’s environment ministry said today. China is the world’s biggest producer and exporter of batteries, and produced 56 percent of global cement last year, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Mercedes Ban, Agriculture GHGs, Family Dollar

The Department of Agriculture is seeking comment on its proposed methods for quantifying entity-scale greenhouse gas emissions and removals from the agriculture and forestry sectors. The USDA expects that landowners will use the methods to improve management practices and identify actions to reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration. Farmers, ranchers, and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Final Emissions Rules, Port of LA in Supreme Court

The EPA has finalized revisions to standards to reduce air pollution from stationary engines that generate electricity and power equipment at industrial, agricultural, oil and gas production, power generation and other facilities. The final revised rule will reduce the capital and annual costs of the 2010 National Emission Standards for … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Wind Farm Bird Strikes, UK Green Investment Bank, EPA Fracking Tests

A coalition of eight conservation organizations has called on the US Fish and Wildlife Service to make changes at a wind energy facility in Western Maryland to reduce bird and bat mortality. The groups say that the 28-turbine Criterion Wind Project now ranks as the deadliest to birds in the … Read more »