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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...
Environmental groups: Climate test for projects like pipelines likely to rule out oilsands growth
Environmental groups: Climate test for projects like pipelines likely to rule out oilsands growth
If Canada and the United States are serious about the climate commitments they made in Paris, they need to establish a common climate test for major resource projects that takes into account a low-carbon future, environmental groups said. And they beli...
Senate passes higher safety standards for pipelines
Senate passes higher safety standards for pipelines
The U.S. Senate has passed a bill reauthorizing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and boosting pipeline safety and oversight, including a designation for the Great Lakes that will subject them to higher standards for operating ...
US, Canada sign pact to fight climate change
US, Canada sign pact to fight climate change
The United States and Canada agreed joint steps on March 10 to fight climate change, including cutting methane emissions from oil and gas operations and signing last year's Paris climate deal "as soon as feasible." The agreement came as Canada's new Pr...
Amid shifting politics, wind power capacity whooshes higher
Amid shifting politics, wind power capacity whooshes higher
Wind turbine construction in the United States has rebounded to its highest level in three years, in the aftermath of a long political fight over the future of federal tax credits that support renewable energy projects. More than 8,500 megawatts of win...
EPA steps in to protect clean air near power plants, citing state failure
EPA steps in to protect clean air near power plants, citing state failure
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality violated federal clean air standards when it failed to submit plans to reduce sulfur dioxide air pollution in Wayne County, Michigan.
Pipeline safety bill introduced by bipartisan committee leaders
Pipeline safety bill introduced by bipartisan committee leaders
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders recently introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Department of Transportation's pipeline safety program and maintain the safety of our nation’s pipeline network.
20 states ask justices to halt embattled mercury rule
20 states ask justices to halt embattled mercury rule
On the heels of the Supreme Court freezing one major U.S. EPA rule curbing power plant emissions, state challengers are pushing the justices to block another. A coalition of 20 states on Feb. 23 asked Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to stay an...
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...
Court orders new EPA spill prevention rules
Court orders new EPA spill prevention rules
The EPA has agreed to initiate rulemaking to better address industrial waste spills as part of a settlement with a coalition of environmental groups. The Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform, People Concerned About Chemical ...
New policies to boost generation of power from biomass, biofuel
New policies to boost generation of power from biomass, biofuel
The Indian government will unveil a raft of new policies to boost hydropower and electricity from biomass, biofuels and cogeneration as well as significant increase in the use of electric cars, Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal sai...
Cities speak up to save Obama's clean power plan
Cities speak up to save Obama's clean power plan
President Barack Obama's flagship plan to fight climate change is getting a boost from city leaders across the country.
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.
Nuclear plants leak radiation, and regulator faces scrutiny
Nuclear plants leak radiation, and regulator faces scrutiny
In its liquid form, tritium looks just like water: clear and odorless. Yet it's radioactive, and in the past two months, two nuclear power plants outside New York City and Miami were found to be leaking tritium: the former into groundwater within the f...
UK's coal-fired plant permits no longer need proof of pollution standards plan
UK's coal-fired plant permits no longer need proof of pollution standards plan
Scores of Britain's coal-fired power stations, steel plants and iron works will no longer have to maintain a plan to show they will meet air pollution standards under the latest permits issued by the government. ClientEarth, a group of environment lawy...
Some states, utilities balk at disclosing locations of lead water pipes
Some states, utilities balk at disclosing locations of lead water pipes
Some states and water utilities are balking at the Environmental Protection Agency's call to post inventory information online about the number and locations of risky lead pipes in their systems, according to a review of documents obtained from 49 stat...
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...
Air emissions tampering leads to felony charges at power plant
Air emissions tampering leads to felony charges at power plant
The owner and management company of the Berkshire Power Plant — a 252-MW natural gas–fired combined cycle plant located in Agawam, Massachusetts — agreed to plead guilty on March 30 to felony charges that the companies violated and co...
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.
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...
Clean disruption? Stanford group plans for 100 percent green-energy future
Clean disruption? Stanford group plans for 100 percent green-energy future
An environmental research team from the prestigious Stanford University in California has calculated exactly how Canada can move away from fossil fuels, transitioning to a totally clean-energy future through existing technologies.
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...
Despite best efforts, EPA faces 2017 deadline for new financial assurance rules
Despite best efforts, EPA faces 2017 deadline for new financial assurance rules
The U.S. EPA has agreed to promulgate financial assurance rules for hard rock mining companies by December 1, 2017. Specifically, the agencies requirements will apply to facilities which extract or process metals (e.g., copper, gold, iron, lead, magne...
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.
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.
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 ...
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...
As EPA reaffirms MATS rule, coal interests promise more litigation
As EPA reaffirms MATS rule, coal interests promise more litigation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed a cost-benefit analysis of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule, finding the regulation is "appropriate and necessary" in addressing pollution from power plants.
GE develops continuous monitoring tool for corrosion
GE develops continuous monitoring tool for corrosion
GE has introduced a new online continuous monitoring system designed to improve corrosion protection in oil refineries. GE's newly upgraded TrueSense for Process — Crude Overhead Monitoring System (COMS) reduces corrosion and fouling, which incre...
Connecticut to EPA: 'Upwind states' still polluting us
Connecticut to EPA: 'Upwind states' still polluting us
Connecticut says air pollution from nine "upwind states" is continuing to mess up its air and it's time for the federal EPA to do something about it. In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, Connecticut and eight othe...
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 ...
TDW: Bringing pipelines into compliance
TDW: Bringing pipelines into compliance
As technology advances and regulations expand, pipeline operators change the way they manage line integrity, which necessarily includes updating their integrity management programs. When a pipeline operator creates or updates an IMP, it provides detail...
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.
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...
With climate rule on hold, should states worry about deadlines?
With climate rule on hold, should states worry about deadlines?
Critics of U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan are urging states to stop planning for the electricity sector regulation, arguing they will get extra time to meet carbon targets if the courts uphold the rule. But despite a Supreme Court order that could halt th...
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 ...
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.
How a competitor's data can help your company cut pollution
How a competitor's data can help your company cut pollution
The EPA's Toxics Release Inventory Program has been collecting and distributing information about pollution prevention (P2) activities implemented at industrial facilities since the early 1990s. Anyone can use this tool to analyze P2 data for facilitie...
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.
Supreme Court will weigh the scope of states' authority over their electricity mix
Supreme Court will weigh the scope of states' authority over their electricity mix
In what is shaping out to be a banner year for energy regulatory law wonks, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in its second case this year addressing the boundary between state and federal authority over the electricity sector. While the ...
Coal refuse emissions bill passes House, garners veto threat
Coal refuse emissions bill passes House, garners veto threat
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed, with bipartisan support, a bill that slackens emissions limits for power plants that burn coal refuse. The Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act passed the House with a 231–18...
Rules take aim at refinery emissions
Rules take aim at refinery emissions
Two emission reduction rules passed by the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District's board of directors, along with rules passed last year, are expected to reduce pollution from oil refineries by 15 percent from current levels, air distr...
Fracked fuel and petrochemical proposals in the Northwest
Fracked fuel and petrochemical proposals in the Northwest
The Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington are facing a raft of proposals to build large-scale fossil fuel energy facilities. Situated between vast carbon fuel deposits in the North American interior and fast-growing energy markets in Asia, ...
Making sense of the SENSE Act
Making sense of the SENSE Act
The House of Representatives will tackle another bill targeting the Environmental Protection Agency this week, as it is expected to vote on H.R. 3797: The Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment, or SENSE, Act. Here's what you need to know.
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.
Air pollution from energy industry costs $130 billion a year
Air pollution from energy industry costs $130 billion a year
Paulina Jaramillo, an assistant professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and Nicholas Muller of Middlebury College, used a model to tabulate the cost of pollution from the energy sector in the United States. The researc...
Legal experts say mercury ruling could hinder new chemical regulations
Legal experts say mercury ruling could hinder new chemical regulations
A 2015 Supreme Court ruling that rejected federal power plant rules could undermine a forthcoming overhaul of chemical regulations, according to a group of legal experts.
The US said India's solar power plan discriminates against American companies — and the WTA...
The US said India's solar power plan discriminates against American companies — and the WTA...
At the behest of Uncle Sam, the World Trade Organization has spiked parts of a plan to spread solar energy across India — where more than 300 million people lack electricity. On Feb. 24, a WTO arbitration panel sided with the United States, which...
Texas leads the way in another rig count drop
Texas leads the way in another rig count drop
As oil prices fell April 1, Baker Hughes reported the number of rigs actively drilling for oil in the U.S. dipped by another 10 this week. The U.S. oil rig count now stands at 362, while the natural gas rig count declined by four rigs down to just 88. ...
China to halt construction on coal-fired power plants in 15 regions
China to halt construction on coal-fired power plants in 15 regions
China will stop the construction of coal-fired power plants in 15 regions as part of its efforts to tackle a capacity glut in the sector, the country's energy regulator said on March 24, confirming an earlier media report. The report, citing documents ...
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.
Refinery executive says new technology allows it to exist with pristine air of national park
Refinery executive says new technology allows it to exist with pristine air of national park
A proposed $850 million gasoline refinery near Fryburg in far western North Dakota would be among the closest industrial complexes to a national park anywhere in the country.
The top tech to cut energy costs and emissions? You may be surprised
The top tech to cut energy costs and emissions? You may be surprised
There are many ways to reduce a company's carbon footprint and energy spending, but you may be surprised at the most popular.
Alberta energy to discuss threat of cyberattacks on oil and gas infrastructure
Alberta energy to discuss threat of cyberattacks on oil and gas infrastructure
Alberta's energy department will be holding meetings in the coming weeks to discuss the threat of cyberattacks on oil-and-gas infrastructure — an issue that was flagged in a recent report by the province's auditor general. The report noted that t...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Planned legislation could curb Great Lakes oil pipelines
Planned legislation could curb Great Lakes oil pipelines
A Republican state lawmaker says he'll introduce legislation to stop future oil pipelines in the Great Lakes and require the Straits of Mackinac's Enbridge pipeline to undergo an independent safety review.