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Federal court sides with EPA on air pollution limits
The Associated Press via Tribune-Review
A federal appeals court ruled June 2 that the Environmental Protection Agency complied with the law in deciding which areas of the country failed to meet federal limits on smog-forming pollution that can cause asthma and respiratory illness. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected challenges from states, industry and environmental groups that claimed the agency was being too strict or too lenient in determining which areas satisfied federal ozone restrictions.
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49 US states making plans to cut power plant emissions
The Guardian
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plans to finalize the rules on carbon emissions from power plants are still several months away. But most states, even those challenging the agency in court, are already investigating ways to comply.
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Amendment would strengthen pipeline safety
Office of Congresswoman Lois Capps via Edhat
On June 3, an amendment from California Rep. Lois Capps to push federal regulators to finalize enhanced safety rules for oil pipelines advanced in the House of Representatives as part of the FY 2016 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. Specifically, the safety rules would strengthen federal regulations by requiring automatic shutoff valves on new pipelines and reinforce requirements for the inclusion of leak detection technologies on pipelines.
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A&WMA's 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition keynote speaker: Gina McCarthy
Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be the keynote speaker at A&WMA's 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-25, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment. Register today.
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EPA to set new limits on airplane emissions
The New York Times
The Obama administration is set to announce that it will require new rules to cut emissions from airplanes, expanding a quest to tackle climate change that has included a string of significant regulations on cars, trucks and power plants.
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Plan to make renewable energy cheaper than coal
Western Daily Press
A new international research program is being launched to make renewables cheaper than coal within 10 years. The scheme's backers, who include leading figures from business, government and academia, warn that cheap clean energy is crucial to keeping global temperatures from rising by more than 2 degrees Celcius — seen as the threshold for dangerous climate change.
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Study: Most states can meet 2020 CO2 target
Just over 30 states are at least halfway toward meeting early CO2 emissions targets called for by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations for existing power plants, according to an advocacy group's study. At least 31 states have taken actions through fuel switching, coal retirements or implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy standards that have them in position to meet EPA's interim carbon emission rate targets, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists study released on June 3.
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Oklahoma is latest state to prevent local fracking bans
The Daily Progress
Oklahoma cities and counties would no longer be able to ban hydraulic fracturing or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. A similar ban was signed into law by Texas' Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, as energy producing states push back against efforts by local governments to limit the practices.
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    EPA takes action to eliminate startup, shutdown, and malfunction emissions exemptions (Power)
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EIA: Clean Power Plan could return CO2 emissions to 1980 levels (Fuel Fix)
Environmentalists: Texas eased pollution rules on coal plants (Aljazeera America)
Clinton campaign chief: Canada must deal with tar sands emissions (The Guardian)

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Will methane emission reduction requirements affect renewable energy investment?
Early this year, the White House announced its plans to impose new regulations on the oil and gas industry's methane emissions. Controlling methane emissions from oil and gas well flaring and leaks has been identified as a critical step in slowing global warming. Beyond the obvious direct impact on methane emissions, there are concerns that the new regulations could have a meaningful impact on the energy market at large.
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DEC announces final revised regulation on emissions of toxic air contaminants
A revised New York regulation on the emissions of toxic air contaminants streamlines the existing regulatory process and requires facilities to implement pollution control technologies and prevention measures to limit toxic air emissions will take effect on June 14, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced. The revised regulation applies to manufacturing, industrial, commercial and other facilities.
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New air quality regulation for oil and gas operators in Wyoming
High Country News
Although ozone pollution has been declining since 2008's peak, Wyoming decided to take stronger action to prevent future spikes. On May 19, the state's Environmental Quality Council approved a new rule requiring operators to retrofit their equipment and follow tight guidelines on any new construction. Just two other oil- and gas-producing states have similar regulations: Colorado and California. But environmental groups say the rule doesn't go far enough.
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Date Event More Information
June 22-25 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition Conference Info
July 28-29 Understanding Today's Clean Air Act Permit Programs Dallas
Aug. 19-21 A&WMA Southern Section 2015 Annual Meeting Callaway Gardens, Georgia
Sept. 9-10 Addressing Climate Change: Emerging Policies, Strategies, and Technological Solutions Oak Brook, IL
Sept. 22-23 Oil & Gas Environmental Conference New Orleans
Oct. 20-22 International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies & Hazardous Waste Combustors Houston
Oct. 28-29 51st Annual Florida Section A&WMA Conference, Tallahassee Sponsor Registration
Dec. 1-2 40th Annual A&WMA/EPA Information Exchange Research Triangle Park, NC


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