Posted on November 5, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says only he has the power to decide whether to sue the federal government over environmental regulations. @bberwyn photo.
Petition to Colorado Supreme Court seeks clarity
By Bob Berwyn
In a petition to the Colorado Supreme Court, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says the state’s attorney general has wasted taxpayer dollars and undermined the authority of the executive branch by joining a series of lawsuits against the federal government.
Specifically, Hickenlooper said Attorney General Cynthia Coffman didn’t have the authority to enmesh Colorado in lawsuits against federal fracking rules, federal clean water rules and the EPA’s Clean Power plan. Continue reading
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Posted on November 3, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
The EPA is making new allegations against VW for clean air violations.
EPA says automaker skirted clean air regs with additional diesel vehicles
By Bob Berwyn
There’s more trouble ahead for VW, as the EPA this week issued a second formal notice to the German automaker alleging further Clean Air Act violations.
The latest notice from the EPA is also being issued to Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America. Along with the vehicles identified last month, the EPA now says that VW, Porsche and Audi also installed illegal air pollution “defeat devices” in additional cars, including the diesel versions of: the 2014 VW Touareg, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne, and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5. Continue reading
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Posted on October 19, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
New refrigerants could soon come on the market reduce the use of heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution. @bberwyn photo.
New rule targets HFCs
The EPA is targeting sharp cuts of potent heat-trapping pollutants used for refrigeration with a series of new rules, as well as collaborative steps with industries that use hydrofluorocarbons.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced some of those steps last week during a White House roundtable, describing the partnership with companies like Target.
“The powerful combination of EPA’s regulatory actions and innovations emerging from the private sector have put our country on track to significantly cut HFC use and deliver on the goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan,” McCarthy said. Continue reading
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Posted on October 1, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Got smog? EPA wants to cut ozone, but will face a challenge on new standard.
Environmentalists say new rule is to weak; industry asks Congress to step into the fray
The EPA’s new smog-fighting ozone standard is likely headed down the same path as the agency’s other recent initiatives to improve the environment.
Like the recently updated wetlands rule and the Clean Power Plan, the new ozone limit was immediately criticized from all sides. Environmental advocates said the agency ignored its own experts when it set the new limit at 70 parts per billion. Industry claims the new rule will cut profits and cost jobs. Continue reading
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Posted on September 30, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
More monitoring and data transparency required
Oil refineries will have to do a better job of limiting pollutants that cause cancer and respiratory ailments under updated EPA regulations that require fenceline monitoring and more transparent data on emissions.
The regulations cover controls for flares, pressure relief devices, storage tanks, and delayed coker operations. The EPA expects that the rule will result in a reduction of 5,200 tons per year of toxic air pollutants, and 50,000 tons per year of volatile organic compounds, chemical precursors to ozone.
The agency also estimates the new standards will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from refineries by about 660,000 tons per year at 150 refineries around the country with little impact to the cost of petroleum products. Continue reading
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