EPA's draft guide for transitioning some enhanced oil recovery (EOR) wells to strict underground injection control (UIC) permits for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects is drawing strong criticisms from industry groups who say it could prompt well operators to refuse carbon dioxide (CO2) from utilities to escape the new regulatory burdens, undermining the agency's pending power plant rule requiring CCS.
Several lawyers' groups are holding a seminar exploring the dual-track system that EPA and California are creating for regulating greenhouse gases. And a key House Republican is holding the first of two hearings on his draft bill reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act. Many lawmakers are weighing in on the climate debate, with Democratic senators planning an all-night event to highlight the need to address climate change while Republicans are questioning the availability of carbon control technologies.>> More
EPA faces a slight funding cut in President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, although even with the overall spending reduction some agency programs would get a funding boost.>> More
President Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2015 includes first-time funding for natural gas carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) demonstration projects, a move that the technology's backers say could help EPA justify CCS mandates in future rules for gas power plants amid a declining interest in large-scale CCS projects in the coal sector.
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EPA's waste chief is urging environmentalists, industry and other stakeholders to provide specific advice for either voluntary or mandatory policies to bolster industrial facilities' safety, telling the final public meeting on the issue that the input will form the basis for policies that an interagency working group will pitch to President Obama in May.
The Sierra Club is opposing a pending coal-fired power plant in Mississippi that will be among the first to use carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) on a large scale, even though the group backs EPA's proposed utility climate rule that justifies a CCS mandate for new coal plants based in part on the Mississippi plant -- a position critics say is "tortured."
CCS Developer's Doubts On Technology May Boost GOP's NSPS Attacks
The nuclear power industry is stressing its role in providing extensive carbon-free electricity in a last-minute lobbying push to soften monitoring and technology control provisions in EPA's pending rule governing cooling water intake structures, though the industry's late push to block protections for endangered species appears to be failing.
BALTIMORE -- Industry groups have been meeting with EPA staff to discuss their concerns about what they say is an unintended consequence of toxics law significant new use rules (SNURs) -- chemical de-selection by downstream companies that do not wish to deal with the use restrictions EPA may include in the SNURs, including limits on discharges to waterbodies.
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EPA has withdrawn a proposed rule intended to clarify Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements for metal mining facilities, a measure that had been under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget . . .
Environmental and public health groups are suing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to force the release of a long-awaited new fish consumption advisory to pregnant women that was co-authored with EPA, with the groups . . .
Senate Democrats are poised to hold an all-night session of speeches on the need for legislative and other measures to address climate change, an event that Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) says will be the "opening . . .
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the budget sequester that reduced EPA's budget in fiscal year 2013 prevented staff from performing about 1,000 site inspections and 290 contaminated site cleanups and harmed staff morale due . . .