Major industry groups plan to lobby California policymakers on what they see as a need for multiple and stringent economic impact studies as the state crafts greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals for beyond 2020, and may push state lawmakers to amend a bill laying out a process to set the post-2020 GHG targets in order to require the analysis.
Administration advisers are urging state and federal regulators to develop uniform verification and compliance mechanisms for confidential business information (CBI) claims from hydraulic fracturing operators, a move aimed at strengthening the chemical disclosure system for fracking operations and pending rules from EPA and others to codify it.
EPA is asking a federal appeals court to voluntarily remand part of its utility maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics rule for new sources in to address a recent court ruling that queried an "upper prediction limit" (UPL) statistical method the agency used to set the utility MACT, a package of combustion air rules and other standards.
EPA is urging the biofuel and airline industries to ramp up production of renewable jet fuels already approved under renewable fuel standard (RFS) "pathways" that allow the fuels to qualify under the program, saying greater demonstrated production of the fuels would help the agency defend its work to expand the RFS to additional pathways.
Bipartisan Senate legislation to promote natural gas-powered cars and other "dual-fueled" vehicles faces uncertain prospects because it would also prohibit incentives for producers of flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) that can use 85 percent ethanol (E85) fuel blends, which could prompt push-back from senators supportive of the ethanol sector.
The Department of Energy (DOE's) imminent fiscal year 2015 budget proposal will aim to boost President Obama's clean energy agenda, says Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, including the president's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy that seeks to reduce air pollution from fossil fuel power sources while also promoting renewable energy.
The nuclear power industry is stressing its role in providing extensive carbon-free electricity in a last-minute lobbying push to soften monitoring and technology control provisions in EPA's pending rule governing cooling water intake structures, though the industry's late push to block protections for endangered species appears to be failing.
EPA's draft guide for transitioning some enhanced oil recovery (EOR) wells to strict underground injection control (UIC) permits for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects is drawing strong criticisms from industry groups who say it could prompt well operators to refuse carbon dioxide (CO2) from utilities to escape the new regulatory burdens, undermining the agency's pending power plant rule requiring CCS.
Environmentalists are asking EPA to amend a Clean Water Act general permit for offshore oil and gas exploration in order to halt the discharge of waste from hydraulic fracturing operations into federal waters off California's southern coastline, the latest step in a battle environmentalists are waging against fracking operations in the state.
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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is vowing that the agency's pending climate new source performance standards (NSPS) for existing utilities will not "put the brakes on business," saying similar arguments about . . .
The Supreme Court has revised its transcript from Feb. 24 oral arguments in litigation filed by industry groups and others over EPA's rule for triggering stationary source greenhouse gas (GHG) . . .
EPA has approved Oklahoma's plan to cut emissions that contribute to regional haze by retiring two coal-fired power plants in 2016 and 2026 over objections from industrial energy users and . . .
House Republicans have approved in an almost party-line vote a bill that would limit EPA's power to regulate power plant carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, though the measure faces slim prospects . . .