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Midwest states eye carbon trading to meet EPA targets
Even as some of them fight Washington's new clean air regulations in court, coal-reliant Midwestern states are asking the Obama administration to provide rules for an emissions trading platform that would help them meet the federal greenhouse gas standards. Late last month, a coalition of power companies, regulators and green groups known as the Midwestern Power Sector Collaborative asked the Environmental Protection Agency to create ground rules for states that want to trade carbon emissions permits with other states.
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Solar power is booming, but is it booming fast enough?
The Christian Science Monitor
The world's power mix is shifting from emissions-heavy fossil fuels to cleaner sources like solar, wind and hydropower. Among U.S. renewables, solar is the fastest growing, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, and along with wind it accounts for almost two-thirds of renewable growth. But despite all the progress that has been made, there is still concern that a global energy transition is not happening fast enough to stave off the worst effects of climate change.
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EPA sends biofuels volumes targets to White House for review
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent blending targets for the country's renewable fuels program to the White House for review ahead of a fast-approaching June 1 deadline for publicly releasing its proposal, according to industry sources. The EPA agreed to a June 1 deadline to issue targets for 2015 as part of a lawsuit settlement agreement with two oil industry groups over delays in the agency's target-setting.
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A&WMA's 108th Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-25
Join the Air & Waste Management Association for our 108th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Connecting the Dots: Environment Quality to Climate, on June 22-25, at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The early bird registration deadline for the Annual Conference & Exhibition is May 20. Don't miss out on this premier event!
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Ethanol refining may release more of some pollutants than previously thought
Ethanol fuel refineries could be releasing much larger amounts of some ozone-forming compounds into the atmosphere than current assessments suggest, according to a new study that found emissions of these chemicals at a major ethanol fuel refinery are many times higher than government estimates.
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US Senate makes progress on chemical regulation reform, but obstacles await
Science Magazine
A bipartisan effort to revamp how the U.S. government tests and regulates toxic industrial chemicals recently reached a new milestone when a Senate panel easily advanced a measure to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act. Although the bill gained broader support among Democrats after sponsors revised an early draft, it still has a long way to go. Some liberal Democrats and environmental groups continue to oppose the measure, and a lengthy legislative and procedural battle lies ahead.
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Monitoring global air pollution
Scientific American
With air pollution responsible for around 3.4 million deaths annually, there are still many gaps in global monitoring. The use of remote sensing and other technology, including citizen science, can revolutionize our understanding of air pollution and policies to address it. This interactive infographic examines the gaps in data and understanding for four health-relevant air pollutants and describes what is needed to design the next-generation indicators to address them.
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Subsea pipelines can be inspected without interruption
Houston Chronicle
Operators inspecting subsea pipelines look for two main factors: flow assurance and integrity. Tracerco's Discovery does both — from outside the pipe — without interrupting production or having to remove any coating. Discovery provides that assurance using technology similar to a medical CT scanner.
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Reducing carbon emissions could save lives
Deseret News
Cutting power plant carbon emissions saves lives, according to new research on the way pollution affects public health. The study will become a key talking point for supporters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposal for carbon pollution standards.
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20 power plants directed to comply with environment standards
The Economic Times
The Central Pollution Control Board has not conducted any specific assessment of pollution caused by thermal power plants around their sites, but has so far asked 20 of them to comply with environment standards, Lok Sabha was informed on May 5. Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said CPCB issued directions to the power plants on the basis of the findings of inspections carried out by its Environmental Surveillance Squad.
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Technology: A missing building block in the Clean Power Plan?
Environment & Energy Publishing
Somewhere between the power plant and light switch, as much as 6 percent of U.S.-generated electric power disappears, lost in transmission as current pushes its way through power lines. If a sizable part of those line losses could be recovered, the preserved energy would matter to consumers and to utilities that will have to find new ways to produce or conserve electricity under U.S. EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
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Aug. 19-21 A&WMA Southern Section 2015 Annual Meeting Callaway Gardens, Georgia
Sept. 9-10 Addressing Climate Change: Emerging Policies, Strategies, and Technological Solutions Oak Brook, IL
Sept. 22-23 Oil & Gas Environmental Conference New Orleans
Oct. 20-22 International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies & Hazardous Waste Combustors Houston
Dec. 1-2 40th Annual A&WMA/EPA Information Exchange Research Triangle Park, NC


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