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House appropriators target array of EPA regulations
House appropriators target array of EPA regulations
The House Appropriations Committee recently released draft legislation that would fund the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department in fiscal year 2017. In addition to proposing a $164 million cut to EPA spending compared to this...
The internet of things could keep dirty coal plants in business
The internet of things could keep dirty coal plants in business
Faced with excess electricity generation capacity and plunging prices for wholesale electricity, Italian utility A2A shut down its gas-fired Chivasso plant, near Turin, in 2014. In early July, though, the plant was restarted.
An energy package reflecting America's new energy reality
An energy package reflecting America's new energy reality
The American Petroleum Institute applauded the action on May 25 by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass its amendment to S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, and vote to go to conference with the Senate to advance comprehensive, bipartisa...
DOT issues proposed regs for hazardous materials transport
DOT issues proposed regs for hazardous materials transport
The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed new regulations for transporting hazardous materials, updating standards for the design and lifespan of cargo tanks, labeling and placards, the use of electronic manifests and other safety and accounta...
Coal plants are shutting down, with or without clean power plan
Coal plants are shutting down, with or without clean power plan
The coal industry's decline has been a long time coming, thanks to an aging fleet of power plants. True, the Supreme Court's pending decision on the legality of the administration's carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan could dramatically speed coal's demise...
San Joaquin Valley achieves decades-old ozone standard
San Joaquin Valley achieves decades-old ozone standard
Federal and local officials are celebrating as the San Joaquin Valley attained its first ozone standard — albeit one that dates back to the late 1970s and that most of the country achieved by the November 2010 deadline.
Washington state adds safety rules for trains hauling oil
Washington state adds safety rules for trains hauling oil
Increased oil production in the United States in recent years has resulted in a concomitant climb in the number of trains carrying crude across the country. Eight years ago, railroads freighted fewer than 10,000 cars worth of oil, but by 2014 that volu...
Britain gets no power from coal for 'first time on record'
Britain gets no power from coal for 'first time on record'
Britain generated no electricity from coal on the morning May 10 for what is believed to be the first time since the 19th century, in a major milestone in the decline of the polluting power source.
EPA looks to improve data aggregation with APIs
EPA looks to improve data aggregation with APIs
The Environmental Protection Agency still faces challenges associated with aggregating the regulatory compliance data it collects from facilities, and is taking a number of approaches to streamline that process, according to EPA Chief Data Scientist Ro...
Clean energy continues to grow as emissions decline
Clean energy continues to grow as emissions decline
Americans are using less electricity as buildings become more energy-efficient and industrial power demand weakens, and a new report says that is leading to three trends: Declining carbon dioxide emissions, low electric power prices and the decline of ...
EPA moves forward on clean energy despite paused Clean Power Plan
EPA moves forward on clean energy despite paused Clean Power Plan
As April came to an end, the Environmental Protection Agency sent a strong signal that it wasn't going to let the current political and legal battle keep it from moving some of the voluntary parts of the Clean Power Plan forward. The EPA sent a propos...
US Supreme Court rejects challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule
US Supreme Court rejects challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule
The U.S. Supreme Court on June 13 let stand a lower-court ruling that left in place Obama administration environmental regulations limiting power plant emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants while the Environmental Protection Agency revised them.
EPA limits on aircraft emissions are ready for takeoff
EPA limits on aircraft emissions are ready for takeoff
The Environmental Protection Agency declared that jet engine exhaust endangers public health by contributing to climate change, a key milestone as it works to develop regulations that will cut carbon emissions from commercial aircraft.
How one country is making rocks out of air pollution
How one country is making rocks out of air pollution
At a power plant in Iceland, volcanic rock is being used to transform carbon dioxide into salt-like crystals. Underground, the greenhouse gas becomes solid in a matter of months, mimicking a natural process that can take centuries. The research is part...
Air pollution from power plants eases overall, but CO2 levels remain high
Air pollution from power plants eases overall, but CO2 levels remain high
The nation's biggest power producers continue to reduce emissions that contribute to smog and cause health problems, but still need to ratchet up efforts to lower greenhouse-gas emissions, a new analysis shows.
South Korea, 1st foreign country to join NASA's mission against pollution
South Korea, 1st foreign country to join NASA's mission against pollution
Two ex U.S. Air Force pilots have taken off from Osan Air Base in South Korea to join in a very different kind of battle. In a joint work with NASA, former U.S. Air Force pilots are in charge of a flying laboratory, a modified DC-8 packed with millions...
Coal-fired power plants balance business, environmental regs
Coal-fired power plants balance business, environmental regs
The Environmental Protection Agency has been tightening pollution standards for toxic emissions, and regulations are likely to increase in the future.
Oil firms meet with environmentalists in bid to reduce pipeline opposition
Oil firms meet with environmentalists in bid to reduce pipeline opposition
Canada's biggest oil sands producers are in discussions with some leading environmental groups in an effort to parlay the companies' support for Alberta's climate policy into reduced opposition to the industry and its proposed pipelines. Executives of ...
States get details on next round of visibility plans
States get details on next round of visibility plans
State agencies tasked with improving visibility at national parks and other federally protected areas got a glimpse at what their next pollution control plans need to include, courtesy of draft guidance released by the Environmental Protection Agency.
What role can biofuels play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions?
What role can biofuels play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions?
The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is occurring mainly at the power plant level. But what about transportation? Can we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by switching to cleaner fuels? Or is this just an attempt to keep 20th cen...
House GOP blocks EPA from voluntarily implementing carbon rules
House GOP blocks EPA from voluntarily implementing carbon rules
House Republicans on July 13 approved legislative language aimed at keeping the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing President Barack Obama's signature environmental regulation on a voluntary basis while it's blocked by the Supreme Court.
New developments take shape for US refiners
New developments take shape for US refiners
An evolving set of issues facing petroleum refiners in the U.S. figured prominently at the annual meeting of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, held in March in San Francisco. Among wide-ranging sessions on topics such as crude oil supp...
NASA satellite finds unreported sources of toxic air pollution
NASA satellite finds unreported sources of toxic air pollution
Using a new satellite-based method, scientists at NASA, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and two universities have located 39 unreported and major human-made sources of toxic sulfur dioxide emissions. The 39 unreported emission sources, found in ...