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EPA and Climate Regulation: Mind the Gaps

June 18, 2014 by James Bushnell

EPA Regulation Gaps

Last week, following years of anticipation, the shoe finally dropped on EPA carbon regulations. Two or three things are notable: First, we’re on the road to a national climate policy! Second, EPA is going out of its way to highlight how much flexibility it will give to States in implementing this policy.[read more]

Electric Sector Emissions Trends: Setting Carbon Standards for States

May 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

State Carbon Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is developing a proposed rule to address carbon emissions from existing power plants using their Clean Air Act authority. The proposal is being reviewed by other agencies and the White House and is scheduled to be released in early June of this year.[read more]

Energy Benchmarking Goes Countywide in Maryland

May 6, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Following in the steps of Chicago and California, Montgomery County, Maryland recently became the first county in the US to pass an energy benchmarking law. The county may have been inspired by its neighbor, Washington, D.C., which was an early mover on energy benchmarking.[read more]

Federal Court Strikes Down Minnesota's Limits on Coal Power Imports: A Critical Moment for State Regulation of Imported Fuel & Electricity

April 24, 2014 by James Coleman

On April 18, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota struck down the State of Minnesota’s restrictions on importing electricity from coal power plants in other states. The court held that these restrictions improperly regulated electric generators and utilities outside the state.[read more]

Blowout Exposes Gaps in Federal and State Oversight of Fracking

October 28, 2013 by Briana Mordick

A New Mexico oil well owned by Parko Oil LLC recently experienced a blowout, resulting in a spill of more than 8,400 gallons. The blowout occurred when a nearby well owned by Encana was being hydraulically fractured and the fracturing fluids intersected the Parko well.[read more]