I want to pass along three interesting articles I have read over the past day or so about coal’s decline (or alleged decline) in the United States totally unrelated to EPA’s recent proposed rule on carbon emissions from existing power plants.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report yesterday, July 28, 2014, that presents a need for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) to update the Underground Injection Control class II program (“UIC Program”).
What if there was a technology that had a 20 year track record of saving 4.8 quads of energy and 41 million tons of carbon, while saving consumers more than $44 billion over the past 20 years, and was anticipated to save consumers up to $230 billion on their utility bills, 53 quads of energy and 3,995 million tons of carbon from 2012-2040?
A case filed last week in a California court is a prime example of the importance of contract documents in a LEED project.
The City of Compton is being sued for its ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing, effective on April 22, 2014.
In a first-of-its-kind report announced this morning, Ceres and Clean Edge ranked the nation’s largest electric utilities and local subsidiaries on their renewable energy sales and energy efficiency savings. The report focused on three clean energy indicators: renewable energy sales; cumulative annual energy efficiency; and incremental annual energy efficiency.
On July 23, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was not required to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding potential endangered species impacts of air quality regulations designed to reduce visual impacts of the Four Corners Power Plant on the Grand Canyon and other national parks.
D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenge to US EPA Clean Water Act Policy Governing Mining Permits On Procedural Grounds
On July 11, in National Mining Association v. McCarthy - a case very important to the surface coal mining industry in the Appalachians - the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected industry arguments that US EPA had improperly adopted policies that made it harder for such mines to obtain two kinds of Clean Water Act (CWA) permits: permits under Section 404 to discharge mining waste in wetlands and permits under Section 402 to discharge waste water from their operations.
The federal government is the nation’s largest property owner. It holds over 900,000 buildings and structures totaling three billion square feet.
Ecology held a meeting at its Lacey offices yesterday to outline the next steps in the process to update Washington’s Water Quality Standards Handbook to account for increased fish consumption rates.