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EPA working on fix for mercury emissions rule
The Detroit News
The Environmental Protection Agency says by April it will have developed a plan for how to account for compliance costs in its regulations for mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, as required by a recent Supreme Court ruling. In late June, the high court ruled, 5-4, against the EPA, concluding it had "unreasonably" disregarded cost in its analysis of whether regulation of mercury and other pollutants was "appropriate and necessary" under the Clean Air Act.
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10 things to know about EPA'S Clean Power Plan
Digital Trends
President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency recently unveiled the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce CO2 emissions from U.S. coal-burning power plants — the country's biggest source of those emissions — by 32 percent by 2030. Carbon pollution is already on the decline, but the EPA wants to speed up the process. States have until 2018 to propose strategies on how to accomplish this and until 2022 to put them in motion. But not all states are on equal footing when it comes to the changes that need to be made to reduce the emissions.
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Carbon emissions falling fast as wind and solar replace fossil fuels
Europe's greenhouse gas emissions are falling fast, mainly because of the rapid spread of the wind turbines and solar panels that are replacing fossil fuels for electricity generation. European Union data shows that once countries adopt measures to reduce greenhouse gases, they often exceed their targets — and this finding is backed up by figures released in a statement by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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Japan restarts first nuclear reactor since Fukushima disaster
Japan has restarted its first nuclear reactor since the Fukushima disaster in March, 2011. Kyushu Electric Power Company told CNN on Aug. 11 that it had reactivated No. 1 reactor at its Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, on the southern island of Kyushu. The plant's second reactor could be restarted in October, it added.
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Keystone XL pipeline review drags on 5 times longer than average
The Associated Press via The Times-Picayune
Under a George W. Bush-era executive order, oil pipelines crossing U.S. borders require a presidential permit, setting off a government-wide review that the State Department coordinates. Since April 2004, when Bush signed that order, the federal government has taken an average of 478 days to give a yes or no to all other applications — less than a year and a half. The company hoping to build Keystone has been waiting for a decision for nearly seven years — or more than five times the average.
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Obama climate-change rules fought as states seek delay
Bloomberg Business
Fifteen states led by coal-rich West Virginia asked a federal court to stall Obama administration rules intended to cut the fossil fuel's use and slow climate change. The request is the first move by states to block President Barack Obama's landmark initiative. It would freeze current regulations as they work to undo the new rules. The Obama initiative, dubbed the "Clean Power Plan," aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants by 32 percent by 2030, by requiring states and utilities to use less coal and more solar power, wind power and natural gas.
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EPA issues a draft methane challenge reduction program for the oil and gas sector
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a voluntary Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program, through which oil and natural gas companies can make and track commitments to reduce methane emissions. The proposed challenge, which the EPA released on July 23, builds on the EPA's Gas STAR Gold framework and seeks additional ambitious methane reductions.
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    UK to build world's 1st power plant with negative emissions (New Scientist)
Carbon pollution from US power plants hits 27-year low (The Associated Press via NBC News)
How to cut coal power plants' emissions, costs (Environtmental Leader)
DOE funds research to use CO2, rather than steam, in coal plants (Utility Dive)
EPA says 3 times as much contaminated water spilled out of mine (The Associated Press via KRDO-TV)

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Texas breaks record for natural gas consumption to generate electricity
San Antonio Business Journal
Consumption of natural gas used to generate electricity reached a record high in the Lone Star State, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Using data from Bentek Energy, the EIA reported that so far this year through Aug. 11, Texas power plants averaged a daily consumption of 4.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. The previous record of 4.4 billion cubic feet per day was set in 2012.
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Study: Pipelines much safer than shipping oil by rail
Financial Post
Moving oil and gas by pipeline was 4.5 times safer than moving the same volume the same distance by rail in the decade ended in 2013 in Canada, according to a new study by the Fraser Institute public policy think-tank. Lead author Ken Green said the study, released Aug. 13 using newly compiled data from the Canadian Transportation Safety Board and Transport Canada, puts a number on the relative safety and environmental risk of the two types of oil transportation.
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EPA awards grant to Arkansas to act on air pollutants
The Associated Press via Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $503,071 grant to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to help administer the state's pollution prevention and control program. The program includes ambient monitoring, planning, permitting and compliance activities. The department will also monitor pollutants, identifying major and minor sources of air pollution that may affect the state. The goal is to help Arkansas residents live healthier and breathe more easily.
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