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New EPA Rules to Come Out June 2, New Report on Technologies for Carbon Reduction

May 23, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

EPA and GHG Regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to develop its first greenhouse gas performance standards for new and existing power plants. These standards could increase opportunities for both supply- and demand-side advanced energy technologies to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.[read more]

Energy Secretary Hints at EPA Carbon Rules: No 'Credible Resolution' Ignores Demand Side

May 22, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Under the upcoming Environmental Protection Agency rules for existing power plants, to be announced by President Barack Obama in early June, states will have the flexibility to develop customized plans based on their generation portfolios using a wide array of technologies.[read more]

EPA Proposes to Limit Cancer-Causing Toxic Air Pollution From Petroleum Refineries

May 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new standards to limit toxic air pollution from petroleum refineries. The EPA’s proposal is good news for millions of Americans, since about 90 million Americans live within 30 miles of a refinery, and many live near more than one.[read more]

What Will the Supreme Court's Latest Climate-Change Case Mean?

May 19, 2014 by David Doniger

The Supreme Court will soon decide its third case on climate-changing carbon pollution in the last seven years. The earlier cases clearly established the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set standards under the Clean Air Act to curb carbon pollution from both vehicles and factories.[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]

Strong and Growing Support For Including Energy Efficiency in EPA's Carbon Pollution Standards

May 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Energy Efficiency and EPA Standards

Support continues to grow for including clean and low cost energy efficiency in the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules for cutting dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants, with two more positive developments just this week.[read more]

The Supreme Court's Air Pollution Decision Is Wrong, But Don't Blame The Court

May 2, 2014 by Brian H. Potts
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The Obama administration’s war on coal scored a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. Six of the Court’s nine justices went out of their way to uphold the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s far-reaching Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.[read more]

The EPA Gives Us 25 Ways to Limit Climate Change

April 19, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

The earth is getting warmer. There’s no doubt about that. The average temperature of our planet rose 1.4°F over the last 100 years, and is expected to continue on that path over the next 100 years. Some are even predicting an increase by as much as 11.5°F.[read more]

EPA Gets Started on Curbing Heat-Trapping Methane from Oil and Gas Operations

April 17, 2014 by David Doniger
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The EPA recently took the first step promised under President Obama’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, released last month. The EPA issued a set of white papers examining five big sources of heat-trapping methane and other dangerous air pollutants from the oil and gas sector.[read more]

A Breakthrough for Utility-Scale Solar Energy on Contaminated Lands?

April 12, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar on Contaminated Lands

For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been waging its own less-known campaign to support projects on disturbed, polluted lands. Supported by the stimulus package and the Department of the Interior, developers continue to set records for the biggest solar and wind projects.[read more]

The EPA Doesn't Have The Legal Authority To Adopt Its New Power Plant Climate Rules

March 26, 2014 by Brian H. Potts
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Last March, a young Federal law clerk in Washington, D.C. named William J. Haun wrote a paper for the conservative leaning Federalist Society. In it he argued that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can’t adopt its planned climate rule for existing power plants.[read more]

EPA Spending in the President's Budget: Where Does the 0.22% of Federal Spending Go?

March 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA Budgets

In the President’s budget, priorities are funded and other programs suffer. At the EPA, as Jon Devine’s blog points out, the biggest hit is the cut to support for state and local sewage treatment and drinking water repair and construction. But what about the rest of EPA’s budget?[read more]

EPA Misses Critical Opportunity to Control Harmful Runoff Pollution

March 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Last week the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would not be granting a set of petitions which asked the Agency to control harmful polluted stormwater runoff that is degrading waterways in certain regions of the country.[read more]

EPA Unlikely to Buy Argument that Keystone XL Will Not Worsen Climate Change: Agency Concerns Were Ignored

March 15, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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The lead U.S. environmental agency has for several years raised serious concerns about the various impacts of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Three different times, the U.S. EPA has issued failing grades saying the true impacts of the pipeline have not been adequately considered.[read more]

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What are the Realistic Costs and Benefits of the New EPA Tier 3 (Reduced) Gasoline Sulfur Regulation?

March 12, 2014 by John Miller
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EPA Gasoline Sulfur Regulation

The EPA finalized new regulations to further reduce gasoline sulfur and mitigate possible health impacts on the Public. Are the EPA’s estimated compliance cost of less than one cent per gallon and primary claimed benefits reasonably accurate? And, are there more cost effective alternatives?[read more]