FERC Approves Gas Modernization Policy

                In November 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) proposed a Policy Statement on Cost Recovery Mechanisms for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities in Docket No. PL15-1 that would allow interstate pipelines to recover the costs of modernizing their facilities through an…

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FERC Receives Initial Comments on its Proposed Policy on Cost Recovery for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities

                In November 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) proposed a new policy statement that outlines the standards interstate natural gas pipelines would need to satisfy in order to recover the costs to modernize their facilities and infrastructure. Initial comments on the…

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EPA Publishes New Regulations on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published this week its two proposed regulations addressing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired Electric Generating Units (“EGUs”): (i) the Carbon Pollution Standards for Modified and Reconstructed Stationary Sources (“GHG Standards”); and (ii)the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Resources…

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Sierra Club & Friends Try to Halt Tree-Cutting Along Gas Pipeline Route

New York, NY–(ENEWSPF)–February 16, 2012. Residents are suing to halt tree-cutting along the route of a controversial gas pipeline through the Endless Mountains region of Northeast Pennsylvania. Represented by the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice, members of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, and the Coalition…

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Legal Challenges to EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

A range of legal challenges filed against the EPA’s now-stayed Cross-State Air Pollution Rule has “little or no applicability” to the fate of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, according to a legal analysis by Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Air pollutants regulated under CSAPR, consisting of sulfur dioxide and…

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City of South Bend Addresses Clean Water Act Violations

Settlement Expected to Reduce Annual Raw Sewage Discharges by 95 Percent Hammond, Indiana – The United States Attorney’s Office and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that the City of South Bend, Indiana has agreed to make an estimated $509.5 million worth of improvements to its combined sewer system…

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Podcast: Biofuels Face a Reality Check

 A woody grass called Miscanthus is one of the biofuel feedstocks being examined. Despite all the buzz around biofuels, commercial production has been slow to scale up. As a result, the EPA scaled back its goals for advanced biofuels earlier this year. Still, some Bay Area scientists recently made a…

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WSJ Story: Environmental Regulations Top Risk to Electric Reliability

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal printed a must-read op-ed piece titled “If the Lights Go Out.” Last Tuesday, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) released its annual 1o year energy projections. According to the Wall Street Journal article, “The threat is that the EPA is triggering what NERC calls “an…

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MISO Requests FERC Assistance for Grid Reliability in Response to EPA Rules

The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. (MISO) Vice President of Transmission Asset Management yesterday warned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air emission rules pose threats to power reliability. In comments submitted for FERC’s technical conference this week on reliability risks related…

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EPA Honors 19 Organizations for Leadership in Clean Energy

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the 11th annual Green Power Leadership Awards to 19 EPA Green Power Partners across the country. Winning partners range from iconic commercial buildings and Fortune 500 companies to local governments and higher education institutions. Through the use of clean, renewable…

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EPA, DOE Partner to Develop Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Sites

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are evaluating the feasibility of developing renewable energy production on Superfund, brownfields, and former landfill or mining sites. As part of the RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative, EPA is investing approximately $1 million…

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EPA Chief to Discuss Environmental Protection, Jobs at UC Berkeley School of Law

SAN FRANCISCO — On Thursday U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will discuss recent challenges to environmental laws with students and faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Administrator Jackson will also discuss how the EPA is answering President Obama’s call for federal agencies to work…

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EPA Develops New Planning Approach to Improve Water Quality in U.S. Cities

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a commitment to using an integrated planning process to help local governments dealing with difficult financial conditions identify opportunities to achieve clean water by controlling and managing releases of wastewater and stormwater runoff more efficiently and cost effectively. The integrated planning…

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EPA announces plan to clean up largest abandoned uranium mine on the Navajo Nation

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has approved a plan and committed to clean up the Northeast Church Rock Mine, the largest and highest priority uranium mine on the Navajo Nation. The cleanup will include removal of approximately 1.4 million tons of radium and uranium…

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EPA Acts to Reduce Barriers – Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies

Action supports national framework for the safe use of clean energy technology WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule to advance the use of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies, while protecting Americans’ health and the environment. CCS technologies allow carbon dioxide (CO2) to…

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EPA Announces Top Contenders in Energy Star Competition

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program announced the top contenders at the midpoint of the 2011 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. The list of top contenders identifies the leaders with the greatest percent reduction of energy use in each of the twelve building…

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EPA Announces New Energy Star Requirements for Dishwashers and Furnaces

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating Energy Star requirements for home dishwashers and furnaces. The new requirements are a part of Energy Star’s overall commitment to protect people’s health and the environment by encouraging energy efficiency. Effective January 20, 2012, both standard-sized and compact residential dishwashers…

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On July 13, 2011: EPA and DOE to Make Energy Star Announcement

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a press call tomorrow to discuss pilot testing of a new product designation within the Energy Star program. Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved nearly $18 billion on their utility bills in…

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EPA Administrator Announces National Grants

WASHINGTON – Today in Atlanta, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced that EPA is awarding more than $6.2 million in national environmental workforce development and job training grants to 21 grantees to recruit, train, and place unemployed, predominantly low-income residents in polluted areas. Administrator Jackson was…

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EPA Chief Testifies before Congress: High Gas Prices and Shale Gas

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson testifed this morning before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “Thank you for inviting me to testify. Americans are again suffering at the pump. Gasoline and diesel cost more today than they did a year ago. As ExxonMobil’s CEO recently testified, the prices of…

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