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US fracking rules to face early legal test
Energy industry groups and states that oppose new U.S. rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands are headed to court this month to try to block the regulations a day before they are to take effect. Foes of the regulations will go before a federal judge on June 23 to seek a preliminary injunction. The Interior Department rules, slated to take effect on June 24, would require companies to provide data on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and to take steps to prevent leakage from oil and gas wells on federally owned land.
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A look at what countries have offered to cut pollution ahead of climate summit in Paris
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Ethiopia on June 10 became the latest country to present a plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions for a global climate pact that's supposed to be adopted in Paris later this year. The submission, which came during climate talks in Bonn, means that U.N. now has targets covering 39 countries well in advance of the Paris summit. However, early analyses by climate researchers and environmental groups show the combined impact falls short of the sharp cuts in emissions that scientists say are required to keep global warming in check.
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DNV releases large scale experimental data to enhance pipeline design safety
Oil & Gas Technology
The subject of CO2 transportation by pipeline is of increasing importance as many governments and communities worldwide come to terms with the challenges of carbon capture, utilization and storage for the mitigation of climate change. The transportation aspect, is however, often looked upon as the "missing link." The DNV GL led CO2PIPETRANS joint industry project has just released a third batch of valuable experimental data that will greatly assist in the design process of CO2 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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Proposed clean power plan would accelerate renewable additions and coal plant retirements
The Energy Collective
EIA's analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan shows that renewables play a critical role under a range of different market conditions and policy assumptions. The key difference across the various scenarios analyzed involves the timing and the extent that wind and solar electric generating capacity additions occur, as well as retirements of some generation capacity, mainly coal-fired units and relatively inefficient power plants that use natural gas or oil-fired boilers to run steam turbines.
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California passes ambitious laws on emissions and energy efficiency
The Star
California lawmakers have passed a dozen ambitious environmental and energy bills setting high goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum use, and creating new standards for energy efficiency. Dubbed the California climate leadership package, the 12 bills represent a Democratic-driven push in the Senate to advance an agenda of technological innovation and conservation.
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IEA: Peak in energy emissions by 2020 possible as oil demand plateaus
Financial Post
It could spell the end of an era. The International Energy Agency, which was hastily founded by developed oil-consuming countries back in the 1970s to keep an eye on global markets and ensure they never ran out of crude supplies, is now calling for new proposals that could see oil demand plateauing after 2020.
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EPA's rule on Colstrip coal plant pollution struck down
The Spokesman-Review
A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze from coal that is burned in Montana to provide electricity for people in the Pacific Northwest. The Clean Air Act requires companies to use the best available technology on older coal plants to reduce the pollutants. But a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the rule from the Environmental Protection Agency would arbitrarily require PPL Montana to install pollution controls costing tens of millions of dollars without assurance of improvements in visibility.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    49 US states making plans to cut power plant emissions (The Guardian)
Federal court sides with EPA on air pollution limits (The Associated Press via Tribune-Review)
Amendment would strengthen pipeline safety (Office of Congresswoman Lois Capps via Edhat)
EPA to set new limits on airplane emissions (The New York Times)
Plan to make renewable energy cheaper than coal (Western Daily Press)

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Alaska holds off on sulfolane pollution standard at North Pole refinery
Alaska Dispatch News
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said it won't set a standard for sulflolane pollution outside the former Flint Hills Refinery yet because long-term toxicology studies won't be complete for about two years. During that period the company will continue to be required to provide drinking water to about 1,500 people who live near the refinery. The company will also be required to continue monitoring the underground sulfolane plume, which has slowly moved to the north and northwest.
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Australia's largest PV power plant comes online
PV Magazine
The 102 MW Nyngan Solar Plant in Australia has become fully operational. The installation of the plant, which is now Australia's largest, has been completed, with the array now connected to the grid and final testing currently being carried out.
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Microsoft predicts China's air pollution with data analysis
Microsoft has taken its big data analysis to China, with computing models that can forecast the air quality across 41 cities in the country. Pollution continues to be a major problem in China, with hazardous air quality levels a common occurrence in cities including Beijing. To bring some clarity to the situation, Microsoft has come up with a mobile app that can predict the air quality two days in advance.
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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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