A&WMA Newswire
Mar. 18, 2015

Chinese, US power firms top inefficient coal plants list
Chinese and U.S. firms generate the most electricity from inefficient coal-fired power plants that pump out more greenhouse gases and use more water than newer power stations, a study said on March 13. Chinese and U.S. companies dominate the list of the top 100 corporate portfolios of coal-fired power plants ranked by the total amount of power generated with inefficient, "subcritical" technology, the study said.More

EPA to scrutinize dust regs amid World Trade Center concerns
Environment & Energy Publishing
U.S. EPA has agreed to consider clamping down on corrosive dust after watchdogs complained that the current standards failed to protect rescue workers after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The agency committed to respond to those complaints by March 2016 with a tentative decision about whether or not to issue new federal corrosivity standards. A federal appeals court recently agreed to put a lawsuit over EPA's dust rules on hold while the agency considers its next moves.More

Chemical Regulations Act gets a major reboot — but not everyone is applauding
On March 10, a pair of senators introduced a major reform bill that would overhaul the 39-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act. The bill — called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century — was introduced by the bipartisan team of Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and Tom Udall, D-N.M. The intent is to improve consumer safety with updated laws and regulations of toxic chemicals — a move many have said the industry badly needed. And on face value, the bill seems to accomplish those goals by properly tackling a host of outdated approaches to chemical governance. Not everyone, however, agrees on whether the provisions go far enough. More

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EPA listens as select group weighs tools for carbon rule compliance
Environment & Energy Publishing
A platoon of U.S. EPA officials and three dozen stakeholders with skin in the game got together last week to figure out how an interstate trading market might aid compliance with the proposed Clean Power Plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions. Stakeholders have moved from airing grievances about the proposal to broadly discussing ways to reduce emissions under the rule's framework, said Michelle Walker Owenby, assistant commissioner of policy for Tennessee's Department of Environment and Conservation.More

House GOP wants changes to EPA coal ash rule
The Hill
House Republicans released draft legislation that they said would add certainty to the Environmental Protection Agency's coal ash disposal regulation. The bill, sponsored by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., would build upon the EPA's December rule, preserving many of the rule's main provisions that protect human health and the environment, its supporters said.More

DOE: Wind could supply 20 percent of US power by 2030
Fuel Fix
Wind power could supply 20 percent of the country's electricity by 2030, up from 4.5 percent today, under a "ambitious but credible scenario" outlined in a new U.S. Department of Energy report published March 12. That target is based on assumptions that wind equipment costs will come down, fossil fuels costs be high and the federal government will enact policies to support wind.More

Clean Air Coalition calls on DuPont to limit emissions
The Buffalo News
With public comment on renewal of the air permit for DuPont's Town of Tonawanda, New York, plant ending, a local environmental group is stepping up its call for the company to lower its pollution levels. Specifically, members of the Clean Air Coalition said they object that DuPont apparently requested and was granted a variance on eight different vents that emit toxic chemicals over EPA regulations.More

Chinese premier vows tougher regulation on air pollution
The New York Times
Premier Li Keqiang of China said on March 15 that the government was failing to satisfy public demands to stanch pollution and would impose heavier punishments to cut the toxic smog that was the subject of a popular documentary belatedly banned by censors. "This is a concern that is uppermost on all people’s minds," Li said in response to a reporter, who asked about the government's struggle to clean up the environment.More

EPA reform measures face White House opposition
Some Republicans are pushing for passage of two bills to change how the EPA uses scientific evidence to craft regulation. One bill, the Secret Science Reform Act, would prohibit the EPA from "proposing, finalizing or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible." It would compel the agency to release all scientific and technical information used in its assessments. Another bill, the Science Advisory Board Reform Act, would change the membership and procedures of the agency's Science Advisory Board.More

Minnesota Legislature takes aim at Dayton, environmental regulations
Star Tribune
The Minnesota Legislature is muscling in on the power of state agencies in a broad effort to assume more influence over everything from water quality to health and safety regulations. A coalition of Republicans and DFLers from the Iron Range and rural districts say regulators are socking businesses and cities with burdensome, expensive rules in their effort to keep Minnesota water clean of sulfates, phosphorus and other contaminants.More