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Posted in Energy, Environment
It appears that California may have erred when it calculated pollution levels used to support the state’s clean air standards – by 340%.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle:  "The pollution estimate in question was too high – by 340 percent, according to the California Air Resources Board, the state agency charged with researching and… Continue Reading

GHG Confidentiality Rule

Posted in Energy, Environment
U.S. EPA has issued a proposed rule on the confidentiality determinations it believes are appropriate for the data and information submitted as part of a company’s compliance with its Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule obligations.  Among other things, "EPA is soliciting comment on several key issues related to the confidentiality determinations and proposed amendments, such as… Continue Reading

Final Rule: Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases

Posted in Environment
U.S. EPA has issued a final rule for the mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases from four additional sources:  magnesium production, underground coal mines, industrial wastewater treatment, and industrial waste landfills. Moreover (from the press release):  "In a separate proposed rule, EPA is requesting public comment on which industry related GHG information would be made publicly… Continue Reading

Final GHG Rulemaking

Posted in Energy
The Department of Transportation and U.S. EPA have issued a final joint rulemaking setting the nation’s first greenhouse gas emission standards, and new stringent fuel-economy standards, for 2012 through 2016 model-year vehicles.  "They require these vehicles to meet an estimated combined average emissions level of 250 grams of carbon dioxide per mile, equivalent to 35.5 miles… Continue Reading

CAA Permits for GHGs Delayed

Posted in Energy
U.S. EPA has announced that stationary sources will not be required to get permits under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for greenhouse gases (GHGs) until at least January 2011.  "Today’s action determines that Clean Air Act construction and operating permit requirements for the largest emitting facilities will begin when the first national rule controlling GHGs… Continue Reading

Sen. Rockefeller Introduces GHG Legislation

Posted in Energy, Environment
Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) has introduced legislation to delay action by U.S. EPA on greenhouse gas regulation for stationary sources for a period of two years, according to this press release from the Senator’s office.  "The legislation directs that for two years after enactment the EPA can take no regulatory action and that no stationary source… Continue Reading

GHG Suit Filed Against EPA

Posted in Energy, Environment
The Southeastern Legal Foundation has filed suit, together with more than a dozen U.S. representatives and nearly two dozen associations, to challenge U.S. EPA’s efforts to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act (i.e., EPA’s related "Endangerment Finding"), according to this opinion piece in the Washington Examiner. A copy of the… Continue Reading

Executive Order Signed Requiring Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance

Posted in Environment
President Obama signed an Executive Order yesterday "that sets sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in their environmental, energy and economic performance."  The stated goal is to lead by example with some deadlines requiring initial action by governmental agencies within 90 days.… Continue Reading

GHG Rulemaking

Posted in Energy
U.S. EPA and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) have proposed a National Program intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy for new cars and trucks sold in the United States.  Applicable to model years 2012 through 2016, the new standards would require an estimated average emissions level of… Continue Reading

CA Carbon Tax

Posted in Energy, Environment
As Congress considers the nation’s first cap-and-trade legislation, California regulators are thinking about imposing the nation’s first fee on carbon dioxide emitters as a means of funding the state’s greenhouse gas emissions law, according to this article in the Mercury News.  If adopted, it would raise approximately $50 million annually to fund the regulatory program.… Continue Reading

API Report on GHG Technology Investment

Posted in Energy, Environment
This article from the NYT reports on a study commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute (API) finding that the U.S. oil and gas industry invested $58.4 billion over the past 8 years in greenhouse gas-mitigating technologies, while the federal government invested only $19.2 billion over the same period.  Not bad.… Continue Reading

Cap-and-Trade Origins

Posted in Energy
This article in the NYT reports on how cap-and-trade became the mechanism of choice in Congress for addressing greenhouse gas emissions.  Clinton-era politics played a significant role.… Continue Reading

GHG Endangerment Hearings

Posted in Energy, Environment
U.S. EPA has scheduled the first of two public hearing on its proposed greenhouse gas endangerment finding for next Monday, May 18, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Arlington, Virginia.  More information – including an audio link to the hearing – can be found here.… Continue Reading

“Smoking Gun” Memo

Posted in Energy
This is interesting (politics).  Today, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is holding a hearing on U.S. EPA’s 2010 budget proposal.  While questioning EPA Administrator Jackson, Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) produced a memorandum reportedly from White House Counsel to EPA that he characterized as a "smoking gun" because it suggests a lack of scientific support for… Continue Reading

EPA Proposal on Renewable Fuels

Posted in Energy, Environment
U.S. EPA has proposed a strategy for increasing the nation’s supply of renewable fuels that includes a percentage-based standard that refiners and others must ensure is used in transportation fuel; and that requires renewables to achieve greenhouse gas reductions when compared to the gasoline and diesel fuels they displace. For more information, see here.… Continue Reading

Mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule Proposed

Posted in Environment
Today the U.S. EPA proposed a rule that would require approximately 13,000 large source facilities to annually report their greenhouse gas emissions.  The facilities covered include fossil fuel suppliers, industrial chemical suppliers, motor vehicle and engine manufactures and large direct GHG emitters (defined as facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more of GHG emissions).  The… Continue Reading