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EPA agenda indicates final greenhouse gas regulations for power plants due out in August
Bloomberg BNA
First-ever final rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants are projected for release in August by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the agency's updated regulatory agenda. The EPA's spring regulatory agenda also shows May as the month for releasing the final rule that would clarify the scope of Clean Water Act jurisdiction over waters and wetlands. The EPA reportedly was aiming to issue the final rule May 22, but sources said the release date had been pushed back past the Memorial Day weekend.
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Air regulator group to release much-anticipated 'menu' of Clean Power Plan options
Environment & Energy Publishing
The association of state air regulators who are charged with writing carbon-reduction proposals under U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan were scheduled to release an extensive 465-page encyclopedia of 25 core compliance options on May 21. The National Association of Clean Air Agencies represents 41 states and more than 100 local agencies. The menu goes far beyond the "building blocks" EPA used to set state emissions goals.
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Greenhouse gas emissions fall at power plants in EU
Prague Post
As part of the EU Emissions Trading System, it is estimated that emissions of greenhouse gases from more than 11,000 power plants and manufacturing installations in 2014 were 4.5 percent lower year on year. The latest results, released in the union registry, cover all participating installations across the member states of the European Union, as well as Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. The results showed a very high level of compliance with the EU ETS rules across the board.
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Join the Air & Waste Management Association for our 108th Annual Conference & Exhibition on June 22-25, at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. This "must-attend" conference will feature a technical program boasting over 400 speakers, 70 technical and student posters, more than 100 exhibitors displaying the latest products and services, social tours and networking events and professional development courses taught by leading instructors.
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EPA finalizes rule to eliminate air pollution 'loophole' for oil refineries and factories
International Business Times
In Texas and other states, refineries, chemical manufacturers and natural gas processers release thousands of tons of toxic pollution each year during startup, shutdown, maintenance breaks and malfunctions. These so-called "upset" emissions are largely exempt from the federal Clean Air Act, which limits hazardous pollution from facilities and vehicles. Thanks to decades-old provisions — critics call them loopholes — companies for years have been allowed to sidestep air quality rules during these phases.
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UN pushes for more renewable energy
The UN on May 21 called for doubling of the global share of renewable energy by 2030, but warned on its investment shortfall. Adnan Amin, the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, said this in New York during the second annual Sustainable Energy for All forum, which aimed to mobilise public and private investment in energy access.
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Beijing to shut down all major coal power plants by 2016
In 2012, Beijing introduced a five-year plan to reduce the critical levels of pollution in the Chinese capital. But according to a recent assessment, there's still work to be done. Some seven months ago, when the APEC summit was held in Beijing, extremely strict pollution control measures gave the city a rare breath of fresh air for a week. Afterward, Beijing promised everyone would soon be able to enjoy more blue sky days. The environmental protection is authority's first target: Coal.
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Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks
The Associated Press via Reading Eagle
The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent, roughly matching the rise in U.S. crude oil production, according to an analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.
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Rising carbon emissions from oilsands a 'unique' challenge, federal cabinet told
CBC News
Greenhouse gas emissions from increasing oilsands production will rise faster than Canada's ability to curb them, the federal government was warned before new emissions reduction targets were announced. Cabinet documents obtained by CBC News reveal the thinking behind the scenes as the cabinet members mulled over various proposals for Canada's target to cut its greenhouse emissions by 2030.
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EPA proposes zero discharge rule for hydraulic fracturing wastewater
The National Law Review
On April 7, the United States Environmental Protection Agency issued proposed regulations, which would create pretreatment standards of performance for existing and new sources of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations. EPA is proposing to establish a "zero discharge" effluent limitation, which would continue the current industry practice of not discharging wastewater from unconventional oil and gas operations to publicly owned treatment works.
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India plans new rules to clean up coal-fired power plants
The Wall Street Journal
India is planning to implement a new set of rules aimed at slashing emissions from its coal-fired power plants. The South Asian nation's Ministry for Environment and Forests has a new set of guidelines requiring power companies to reduce sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other emissions up to 80 percent in the next two to three years.
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