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GOP avoids showdown over EPA climate change rules
Politico
Republicans' aggressive energy agenda has so far conspicuously sidestepped one of their biggest campaign-trail targets: the climate change rules from President Barack Obama's Environmental Protection Agency. The House GOP plans to steer clear of a showdown over the greenhouse gas rules in a broad energy package that it will unveil this week, raising questions about whether Republicans are grasping for a workable plan to stop the carbon dioxide regulations that EPA will issue later this year.
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This is the second edition of our new weekly newsletter, entitled the A&WMA Newswire. We changed vendors providing this service to increase our flexibility of use and have more topics of interest.
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Seeking ideas for webinar topics
A&WMA
We are happy to announce that the first two of our webinar series on Condensable Particulate Matter have been very successful and well attended. It also appears that the planned series on Title V is shaping up the same way. The topics were based upon interest from you our members. Your headquarters staff wants ideas for hot topics or those that have broader appeal. Please contact Robin with your ideas.
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Capsule technique offers more efficient option for power plant CCS
The Engineer
Researchers have developed a class of materials that enable a safer, cheaper and more energy-efficient process for removing greenhouse gas from power plant emissions. It is claimed the approach could be an important advance in carbon capture and sequestration.
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White House: Climate change threatens national security
The Hill
The Obama administration looks at climate change as a threat to national security on par with terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and disease outbreaks. President Barack Obama's national security strategy released Feb. 6 updates the previous plan published in 2010, with focuses on Russia, Islamic militants and health. The administration argues that effective action against climate change will bolster the security of the United States and its allies.
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EPA official: Greenhouse regulations must work for Wyoming
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes Wyoming is a significant producer of both coal and electricity and that proposed federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants need to work for the state, a top EPA official said. Wyoming officials have been critical of the proposed rules since the EPA announced them last June. Joseph Goffman, EPA associate assistant administrator for climate, spoke to the winter meeting of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority about where the process is headed next.
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GOP senators say EPA's numbers don't add up on ozone
The Hill
A pair of Republican senators is asking the Environmental Protection Agency why its ozone rule predicts much higher benefits than a similar plan three years prior. President Barack Obama rescinded a proposal in 2011 to reduce ground-level ozone that causes smog, citing the economic costs. But the cost-benefit analysis of the latest ozone rule, announced in November, is much more favorable, raising the suspicions of Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and John Thune, R-S.D.
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Missouri Supreme Court orders new hearing on Ameren coal ash lawsuit
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ameren Missouri's planned coal ash landfill in Franklin County faces more uncertainty after a ruling Feb. 3 by the state's highest court. In a unanimous decision, the Missouri Supreme Court sent a challenge from an environmental group back to Franklin County Circuit Court for a new hearing.
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EPA asks State to reconsider pipeline's climate impacts
Environment & Energy Publishing
U.S. EPA is urging the State Department to "revisit" its assessment of the potential global warming impacts of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline in a comment letter released Feb. 3. Responding to State's final supplemental environmental impact statement for the company's request for a permit to let KXL enter the United States from Canada, EPA's letter questions the department's conclusion that the pipeline wouldn't significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions.
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Why the nuclear industry targets renewables instead of gas
Midwest Energy News
Cheap natural gas has upended the nation's energy landscape and made aging nuclear power plants increasingly uncompetitive. Yet the nuclear industry, which generates almost a fifth of the nation's energy, has declared war not on gas but on wind and solar, which represent about 4 and 0.2 percent of our energy mix, respectively.
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Consultants: EPA misused study to set heat-rate goals for Clean Power Plan
SNL
The U.S. EPA believes that every U.S. coal-fired power plant could run 6 percent more efficiently, but hardly anyone outside the agency seems to agree — including the consulting firm upon whose heat-rate improvement research EPA depended. Heat-rate improvement represents the smallest emission reduction proposal in the EPA's draft carbon dioxide regulation, known as the Clean Power Plan. For most states, the improving coal plant efficiency represents a small or even negligible part of their required CO2 cuts. As a result, this part of the Clean Power Plan has received the least attention.
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Shanghai to spend $16 billion on anti-pollution projects
World Bulletin
Shanghai, China's largest city, has announced it will spend 100 billion yuan (more than $16 billion) in the coming three years on hundreds of anti-pollution projects, local media reported. A total of 220 projects will focus on eight areas of concern including air, water, soil, waste, industry, agriculture, ecology and circular economy, the municipal Environmental Protection Bureau's director Zhang Quan said.
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Report: Nearly half-million tons of fracking waste dumped in New York
Public News Service
Nearly a half million tons of solid fracking waste form Pennsylvania have been dumped in New York landfills, according to a new report that calls upon the Cuomo administration to take emergency action. Liz Moran, water and natural resources associate with Environmental Advocates of New York, authored the report "License to Dump," which relies on Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection records to document what she called a major toxic and radioactive threat to New Yorkers.
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ASHRAE, IAQA join forces
Environmental Leader
A consolidation between ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association has been finalized by both organizations. In July, ASHRAE announced it had agreed in principle to join forces with the IAQA, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. Since August, the two groups have been undergoing a period of due diligence. That diligence was completed in January.
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June 22-25 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition Conference Info
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