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States, Industry Ask Supreme Court to Block Clean Power Plan

In another attempt to block the Clean Power Plan, 29 states and state agencies are urging the US Supreme Court to stop the carbon emissions rule for power plants from taking effect. The have been joined by 16 trade associations including the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association … Read more »

Honeywell UOP XCeed Bioreactor

Honeywell UOP Bioreactor to Help Refinery Meet Wastewater Treatment Regulations

Industrial wastewater treatment technology from Honeywell UOP will help a Wyoming refinery remove contaminants from its wastewater to meet new environmental requirements, the company says. HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining will use Honeywell UOP’s XCeed bioreactor technology to remove selenium from wastewater at its 52,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The unit … Read more »

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Clean Power Plan Becomes Law, 24 States Sue to Block Carbon Rule

The EPA published the Clean Power Plan in the federal register today, making existing power plants in the US legally responsible to limit carbon pollution for the first time. Under the new carbon law, existing coal-burning power plants must cut carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 … Read more »

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EPA Can Enforce Clean Water Rule in States That Didn’t Sue, Judge Says

A judge’s ruling that blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect late last month only applies to the 13 states that sued to stop the rule — not nationwide. A federal judge in North Dakota clarified the injunction he issued at the request of North Dakota and 12 other … Read more »

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Judge Blocks Clean Water Rule

A federal judge in North Dakota blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect Friday in 13 states. The rule, authored by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers expands the reach of the Clean Water Act to protect US streams and wetlands from pollution. While the EPA says … Read more »

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Method Tested to Inspect Methane Emissions

A new mobile methane emissions inspection method called OTM 33A, developed by the EPA, was used to inspect oil and gas well pads during a study conducted by the agency in Texas, Colorado and Wyoming from 2010-2013, according to a report published in Environmental Science & Technology. The results indicate … Read more »

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Microsoft Zero-Carbon Data Center: First in US

Microsoft, Siemens Energy Management and FuelCell Energy have partnered on what they say is the first zero-carbon, waste-to-energy data center in the US. The Microsoft data center, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, uses biogas methane produced by waste byproducts at the nearby Dry Creek wastewater facility to power the fuel cell system, … Read more »

Report: Methane Mitigation Could Stimulate US Economy

Increased use of technologies and services that capture methane emissions from oil and gas systems could save the industry over $1 billion in lost product, reduce air pollution and create new jobs, according to an economic analysis by Datu Research and the Environmental Defense Fund. The report identifies 76 companies … Read more »

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Wyoming Site Could Store Up to 300 Years Worth CO2, DOE Says

The Wyoming Rock Springs Uplift could potentially store 14 to 17 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to results from a Department of Energy-sponsored study. The DOE says this is equal to 250 to 300 years’ worth of CO2 emissions produced by Wyoming’s coal-fired power plants and other large … Read more »

Cool Planet, CSU Team Wins $10M Biofuel Grant

The US Department of Agriculture has awarded almost $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for biofuel. Other organizations involved with the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies project include … Read more »

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High Plains Aquifer Under Threat, Report Warns

The High Plains Aquifer, a critical water source for US farmers and ranchers, is diminishing at an accelerated rate and nearly 70 percent of it will be pumped out within the next 50 years if existing trends don’t change, according to a report published in the Proceedings of the National … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GHG Ruling, Exxon Fined $105m, Natgas Blowout

The US Court of Appeals on Friday rejected a legal challenge by Texas, Wyoming and several industry groups, who objected to the EPA forcing states to set greenhouse gas limits on industrial facilities. In a 2-1 ruling, the court said the parties did not have standing to sue because they could … Read more »