A&WMA Newswire
Jul. 23, 2015

Power plant operators say they've cut carbon emissions ahead of EPA's Clean Power Plan
Fuel Fix
A new report backed by a handful of power companies contends that carbon emissions from U.S. power plants decreased 12 percent in five years. The "Benchmarking Air Emissions" report, which examined the nation's 100 largest electric power producers, comes in advance of the final proposal of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.More

Canada provinces agree to strategy on pipelines, climate change
Canada's provinces reached a long-sought deal on Friday over an energy plan for the country, agreeing broadly to curb greenhouse gas emissions while also promoting the use of pipelines. The oil-producing province of Alberta originally conceived the strategy as a way to ensure that it could move its fuel to market. The plan was changed at the insistence of some of the provinces to reflect their desire to fight climate change.More

EPA says new particulate pollution rules can't be retroactive
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and two California air pollution control districts told the D.C. Circuit on July 14 that challengers to the implementation of fine particulate matter air quality rules want impermissibly retroactive regulations that would unfairly punish noncompliant states. The EPA argued that in promulgating the new rules the agency has complied with a 2013 D.C. Circuit decision without unfairly penalizing states for having relied on the EPA's earlier implementation rules and guidance.More

Net positive: Carbon emissions reduction and the economy
A new report provides strong evidence of the value of market-based mechanisms to address carbon emissions from power plants. States participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have found that regulating carbon emissions from power plants through market-based mechanisms goes hand in hand with economic benefits, according to the Analysis Group report.More

Study: Green banks help CO2 rule compliance
State-run financing entities known as "green banks" could provide a cost-effective compliance mechanism for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations to cut power plant CO2 emissions, a report says. Green banks and other low-cost financing options could help renewable energy projects as states aim to comply with the EPA Clean Power Plan, according to the report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. More

Deal requires deep pollution cuts at Iowa coal-fired plants
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
Iowa's second largest power company agreed Wednesday to drastically cut pollution at several coal-fired power plants under a Clean Air Act settlement that's expected to make the air safer and easier to breathe around the state. More

Interior proposes boosting stream protections from coal mining
The Obama administration rolled out a new plan on July 16 to help protect Appalachian streams from mountaintop removal coal mining, drawing a quick rebuke from coal supporters that the move was yet another attempt to destroy the industry. But the rule didn't go as far as many green groups had hoped because it did not extend the distance a mine must be set back from the nearby streams.More

MEPs vote for tougher air pollution limits
The Guardian
Governments across the EU could soon face a new round of tough new air pollution targets, after MEPs on the European parliament's environment committee narrowly voted in favor of fresh round of air quality standards. The committee on July 15 voted, 38-28, in favor of backing a new package of measures that would require member states to meet limits on six pollutants by 2030.More

Sims Recycling plant shows difficulties of hazardous waste regulation
Peninsula Press
While metal recyclers provide benefits to society by conserving resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the toxic nature of the materials being handled poses a dilemma for the industry and its regulators. When not contained properly, metals such as lead, mercury, copper, zinc and cadmium can have serious health effects for people and wildlife. The industry's method of managing the risks associated with these metals is under close scrutiny today.More