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Opportunity to Use Science to Establish Radiation Standards

July 12, 2014 by Rod Adams
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit comments from the general public and affected stakeholders about 40 CFR 190, Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations.[read more]

More Steps Forward on Climate Protection

July 7, 2014 by David Doniger
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A year ago, on a sweltering afternoon at Georgetown University, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan designed to start cutting dangerous carbon pollution using his authority under our clean air and energy laws already on the books.[read more]

EPA's Green Power Partnership Program: Achieving 100% Clean Energy One Partner at a Time

June 26, 2014 by John Steller

EPA Green Power Programs

Innovative partnerships are vital in acheiving a 100% clean energy world. Specifically, cross-sector partnerships can provide the sometimes missing capital, the creative ideas, or the leverage that is needed to overcome large obstacles and difficulties.[read more]

EPA's New Power Sector Climate Rules: A Brewing Political and Legal Storm

June 4, 2014 by James Coleman
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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed requiring all fifty states to adopt greenhouse gas controls for their existing power plants. And the EPA went further, proposing that, together, states would have to cut U.S. power sector emissions by 30% by 2030.[read more]

Two Cheers for President Obama's Proposed Climate Regulation

June 3, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, President Obama proposed regulations requiring significant reductions in greenhouse gases produced by each American state. Using 2005 as a baseline, states, will be required to achieve a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030.[read more]

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10 Key Questions for Assessing EPA's Proposed Carbon Rules Under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act

June 2, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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EPA Carbon Rules Announcement

The EPA can't mandate how utilities achieve proposed emissions reductions. It is only setting guidelines for what states must do. That said, if the EPA does not like what it sees over the next two years before Obama leaves the White House, it can send state regulators back to their drawing boards.[read more]

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]