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Companies Pay $7 Billion in EPA Enforcement Actions

EPA enforcement actions in 2015 cost companies more than $7 billion, requiring them to invest in equipment to control pollution and clean up contaminated sites, according to the agency’s annual enforcement results. In fiscal year 2015, the EPA secured record-setting hazardous waste, Clean Air Act, and Superfund settlements. It also … Read more »

ExxonMobil

XTO Energy to Pay $3M to Restore Fracking Areas

XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil and the US’ largest holder of natural gas reserves, will spend an estimated $3 million to restore eight sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations, according to the EPA and the US Department … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Water Act, RFS Suit Looms, Kauai GMO Bill

The House will take up the Water Resources Reform and Development Act next week, according to a statement by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The Senate passed the act in May. The American Petroleum Institute plans to sue if the EPA does not finalize the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by the … Read more »

fracking methane emissions

Fracking Methane Emissions 97% Lower than EPA Estimates, Study Says

Greenhouse gas emissions from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are “significantly lower” than EPA estimates, according to a new study from the University of Texas and the Environmental Defense Fund. The study, which measured methane emissions during completion operations for hydraulically fractured wells, found emissions were 97 percent lower than 2011 … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Solar Tariffs Escalate, Exxon Subsidiary to Pay $20m

China plans to levy tariffs that could exceed 50 percent on imports of US and South Korean solar-grade polysilicon, a key ingredient in solar panels. This escalation of the long-running solar panel trade dispute hurts the US polysilicon industry, which relies on China as its largest customer, the New York … Read more »