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Congress moves to cut EPA funding, block regulations
Utility Dive
Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House and Senate advanced proposals this week to cut the budgets of the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency, and block the implementation of environmental regulations prioritized by the Obama White House. Legislation passed June 16 by the House Appropriates Committee and a Senate spending panel would prevent the EPA from writing new rules on ground-level ozone pollution, and block it from enforcing carbon emissions mandates under the Clean Power Plan in states that object to the rule.
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US would retire 90-GW of coal-fired power capacity by 2040
Greentech Lead
The US Energy Information Administration has stated that new emissions rules drafted by the country's Environmental Protection Agency will lead to closure of twice the currently projected capacity of coal-fired power plants by 2040. In numerical terms, that translates into retiring 90 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants by 2040. Previously, the projection was to retire 40 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants in the same period.
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Report says EPA Clean Power Plan cannot save nuclear
FierceEnergy
The 20th century model of large baseload electricity generation, including nuclear reactors, is in an irreversible decline in the face of the emerging 21st century decentralized power model relying on renewables, energy efficiency and technology-based demand management, says Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School, in a new report.
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The future of hotter and more efficient coal plants
Next Big Future
Upgrading existing plants and building new high-efficiency, low-emissions coal-fired power plants addresses climate change concerns in two important ways. In the near term, emissions can be reduced by upgrading existing plants or building new HELE plants. Such plants emit almost 20 percent less CO2 than a subcritical unit operating at a similar load. Over the longer term, HELE plants can further facilitate emission reductions because coal-fired plants operating at the highest efficiencies are also the most appropriate option for CCS retrofit.
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EPA forms Chemical Safety Advisory Committee
Environmental Protection
EPA announced that, as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, it has established the Chemical Safety Advisory Committee. Its purpose is to provide expert scientific advice, information and recommendations to the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, which manages programs under the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Pollution Prevention Act.
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Rethinking industrial combustion
Energy Global
Fossil fuels play a critical role in today's economy and are critical in future global economic development and prosperity. The rise of unconventional resources in recent years has contributed to the growth of petroleum and natural gas production, but at the same time it has also increased their energy intensity. From extraction to refining, the oil and gas industry requires significant energy expenses. Adding to the mix high price volatility and a constant increase of environmental regulations, demand for technologies that can improve economic performance while reducing emissions is at an all time high.
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Virginia, coal country for centuries, now embraces carbon regulations
InsideClimate News
Nestled on the eastern edge of Appalachian coal country, with a 267-year history of mining its reserves, Virginia seems an unlikely candidate to become one of the country's biggest success stories in adapting to the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. But when the agency finalizes its rules this summer, Virginia will not be among the states fighting for it to be overturned. Instead, it is already well on its way to complying.
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Beijing, neighbors to draft regional air pollution treatment plan
Ecns.cn
Beijing and its surrounding areas will draft a regional plan for air pollution prevention and treatment. The blueprint, assigned to the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, will set goals for regional air quality by 2030, said Li Lixin, an official with the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, at an air pollution treatment seminar on June 16.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    US fracking rules to face early legal test (Reuters)
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EPA's rule on Colstrip coal plant pollution struck down (The Spokesman-Review)
DNV releases large scale experimental data to enhance pipeline design safety (Oil & Gas Technology)
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California carbon revenue tops $2 billion after latest auction
Reuters
California's carbon permit auction last month fetched more than $626 million for the state, bringing the total raised by the cap-and-trade program to more than $2.2 billion, the California Air Resources Board said on June 17. The state first began selling tradeable carbon allowances at quarterly auctions in late 2012 as part of the program, which requires large carbon emitters like oil refineries and manufacturers to turn in permits to cover their emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.
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US proposes tighter emission standards for big trucks
Reuters
The Obama administration proposed new rules on June 19 to slash greenhouse gas emissions from heavy, long-haul trucks, a move to attack climate change that prompted a wary response from industry groups worried about the costs. The complex proposal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would apply to 18-wheel tractor-trailers, buses, delivery vans, beefy heavy-duty pickup trucks and other commercial vehicles.
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