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EPA broadens clean water regulations
U.S. News & World Report
The Obama administration expanded federal protection of U.S. waterways and drinking water supplies on May 27, issuing a rule through the Environmental Protection Agency that also clarifies which rivers, streams, ponds and wetlands may be covered by the Clean Water Act.
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EIA: Clean Power Plan could return CO2 emissions to 1980 levels
Fuel Fix
New regulations on power plant carbon dioxide could send generator's emissions to levels not seen since the early 1980s, according a government analysis. The proposed rules, part of the Clean Power Plan offered in June by the Environmental Protection Agency, could leave carbon dioxide emissions at about 1,500 million metric tons per year by 2025 — roughly the same annual amounts seen in 1980, according to a model analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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EPA takes action to eliminate startup, shutdown, and malfunction emissions exemptions
Power
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a state implementation plan call action to 36 states directing them to correct specific startup, shutdown, and malfunction provisions in their SIPs to ensure they are fully consistent with the Clean Air Act. The action comes in response to a petition for rulemaking filed by the Sierra Club. The group is seeking to close loopholes in many state plans that allow unlimited amounts of pollution to be released during periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction.
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Register today for the A&WMA's 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition
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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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Europe's top oil firms jointly call for carbon pricing
Reuters
Europe's top oil and gas companies urged governments around the world to introduce a pricing system for carbon emissions, as governments met in Bonn, Germany, on June 1 to work on a U.N. deal to fight climate change. Criticised for not doing enough to tackle climate change, the chief executives of BG Group, BP, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and France's Total said carbon pricing "would reduce uncertainty and encourage the most cost-effective ways of reducing carbon emissions widely."
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Clinton campaign chief: Canada must deal with tar sands emissions
The Guardian
Canada faces a widening rift with America over climate change unless it deals with "excessive emissions" from the Alberta tar sands, according to a trusted adviser to both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. John Podesta said that Canada must do more to compensate for its exploitation of the carbon intensive tar sands ahead of a critical conference in Paris aimed at reaching an international agreement to fight climate change.
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China coal production falls as country seeks carbon emissions cut, clean air
Beacon News
China coal production fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government pushes to reduce carbon emissions. The National Development and Reform Commission said that Chinese imports of coal also fell, plummeting 38 percent. China uses roughly half of all of the world’s coal production for power generation, heating and industry. That's made China the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
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Governmental task force taking closer look at oil pipelines in Michigan
WLNS-TV
VideoBrief As protesters make a stand at Mackinac Island, a multi-agency governmental group, The Michigan Petroleum Task Force, is evaluating oil pipeline safety in the state and will report its findings next month. The Line 5 pipeline runs from Wisconsin to Ontario. Since June of 2014, Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Department of Environmental Quality have led The Michigan Petroleum Task Force to take a closer look at all oil pipelines in Michigan.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    EPA finalizes rule to eliminate air pollution 'loophole' for oil refineries and factories (International Business Times)
Air regulator group to release much-anticipated 'menu' of Clean Power Plan options (Environment & Energy Publishing)
EPA agenda indicates final greenhouse gas regulations for power plants due out in August (Bloomberg BNA)
Beijing to shut down all major coal power plants by 2016 (CCTV)
EPA proposes zero discharge rule for hydraulic fracturing wastewater (The National Law Review)

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Environmentalists: Texas eased pollution rules on coal plants
Aljazeera America
The State of Texas conspired with the coal industry to illegally exempt 19 coal-fired power plants from federal air quality standards. That's according to a coalition of Texas citizen groups who on May 27 filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The coalition of community and public interest groups, represented by the Environmental Integrity Project, has called on the EPA to overturn the state's decision to exempt those power plants from federal limits under the Clean Air Act.
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Senate bill would create America's 1st national energy storage target
Green Tech Media
California gave the U.S. energy storage market a boost in 2013 when regulators set a 1.3-gigawatt target for the state's three investor-owned utilities. The mandate has resulted in a wave of contracts for battery and thermal storage projects in California, including a record-breaking 250-megawatt procurement from Southern California Edison. Now, one national lawmaker wants to do the same for the rest of the country.
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Drones to help China's environmental officials monitor big polluters
International Business Times
As China continues its battle against pollution, regulators are turning to modern technology to hold the country's biggest polluters accountable, in the form of drones. The use of drones will help supplement China's existing monitoring system, whose easy evasion by polluters has drawn criticism.
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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
Oct. 28-29 51st Annual Florida Section A&WMA Conference, Tallahassee Sponsor Registration
Dec. 1-2 40th Annual A&WMA/EPA Information Exchange Research Triangle Park, NC

 



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