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EU to curb pollution from mid-sized power plants
EU member states on June 30 agreed new rules to limit pollution from hundreds of thousands of medium-sized power plants that had previously escaped regulation. The compromise deal to curb sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and dust from combustion plants with a thermal input rated between one and 50 megawatts now requires just a formal sign-off from the European Parliament, expected later this year.
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China pledges to halt growth of carbon emissions in climate plan
The New York Times
China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas polluter, pledged on June 30 to wean its economy away from reliance on fossil fuels as it grows, and to try to bring the rise in its carbon emissions to an earlier end. The Chinese government offered the goals as building blocks for a new international agreement on countering global warming, which governments hope to reach at a conference in Paris late this year.
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Canada's carbon emissions rules sparks hopes for Keystone pipeline
TransCanada Corp. has written to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arguing that new Canadian rules on emissions should persuade him to approve the construction of the much-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed $6.4 billion project would carry an estimated 830,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil per day from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, then link up with Keystone's existing line, which would take the oil on the final leg to the Texas coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
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EPA issues revised emission factors for flares and other refinery process units
The National Law Review
On April 20, EPA issued new and revised emission factors for flares and certain other refinery process units. The final action addressed: (1) VOC and CO emission factors for flares; (2) emission factors for NOX, total hydrocarbons (THC) and CO for sulfur recovery units; (3) a THC emission factor for catalytic reforming units; (4) a NOX emission factor for hydrogen plants; and (5) a hydrogen cyanide emission factor for fluid catalytic cracking units. The agency also updated the Refinery Emissions Estimation Protocol that was used for the 2011 Refinery Information Collection Request.
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The world's greenhouse gas emissions in 1 graphic
Climate Central
Carbon emissions are often considered in the future tense: the G7 aims to reduce future emissions and countries attending the Paris climate summit in December will pledge to make future carbon cuts. Amid all the future talk, the World Resources Institute has released new information about the present — an infographic and huge database of the world's current greenhouse gas emissions.
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Demand for small modular reactors may be impacted by Supreme Court ruling on EPA coal plant emissions
The Energy Collective
coal emissionsOn June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out EPA's coal emissions regulations that, if implemented, would have forced many utilities to close older coal-fired plants. The new emissions controls are aimed at mercury and other toxic pollutants which are not removed from stack emissions by current air pollution controls. The court ruling will require EPA to reconsider the regulations in light of the cost-benefit issue.
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Germany gives dirtiest coal plants 6 years for phase out
Bloomberg Business
Germany's main political parties worked out a compromise plan to cut power-industry pollution by handing a six-year lifeline to some of the dirtiest coal-fired plants. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said 13 percent of power stations burning lignite, a cheap form of coal, would be phased out by 2021 under the program. The government abandoned talks on proposals to impose a climate-change fee that the industry said would have forced mines and plants to close, threatening jobs.
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    Supreme Court strikes down power plant regulations (USA Today)
In Santiago, Chile, climate change fuels choking air pollution (Think Progress)
Debate intensifies over the nation's gas pipeline needs (Fuel Fix)
Study: Renewable energy may double, mostly without subsidies, but fail to restrict emissions growth (Environment and Energy Publishing)
Japan to stop inefficient coal-fired power plants being built (Reuters)

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Large utilities plan more natural gas-fired power plants in Southeast
Natural Gas Intelligence
Two of the nation's largest utility companies are advancing plans to build a pair of 1,600 MW natural gas-fired power plants in the Southeast to take advantage of growing supplies that would also help them meet tighter emissions standards and replace inefficient coal-fired plants.
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Green body to track gas emissions online
The Times of India
Taking a significant step forward to deal with pollution by monitoring effluents and emissions from polluting industries, India's Central Pollution Control Board has started getting round the clock online data on status of compliance from 1,320 out of 2,800 such industrial units from across the country.
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Study: 15 fracking chemicals may pose threat to groundwater
University of Colorado-Boulder via Okron Beacon Journal
A new University of Colorado Boulder framework used to screen hundreds of organic chemical compounds used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows that 15 may be of concern as groundwater contaminants based on their toxicity, mobility, persistence and frequency of use. In the fracking process, a mixture of water, sand and various chemicals is pumped into wells at high pressure to create fissures in subterranean shale layers to release natural gas and oil. Oil and gas companies use a wide variety of chemicals to increase viscosity, inhibit equipment corrosion and reduce friction, among other things.
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