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GHG guidelines for states issued by EPA

January 25, 2011 by

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently released guidelines for states to issue permits for industrial facilities that are major sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These guidelines will be relevant to the states when new federal regulations take effect on January 2, 2011. These guidelines have been crafted to give states flexibility in deciding […]

Heavy-duty trucks and buses to come under proposed GHG emissions standards

January 25, 2011 by

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Continuing on the work done for light trucks and cars ( Relevant post ), the EPA and Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have proposed a rule that would set fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. These standards would be applicable to to vehicles […]

New performance standards for electric utilities and petroleum refineries in U.S.

January 13, 2011 by

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From the immense pressure of several states and environmental groups, on 23rd December EPA revised the new source performance standards for electric utilities and petroleum refineries. These new standards will add limitations on greenhouse gas emissions from the above sources. These two industries together account approximate 40% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. As per the […]

Regulatory update: Sustainability Policies in United States

January 8, 2011 by

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently carried out a benchmark survey of corporate sustainability programs in United States. It was a first of its kind and identifies nine major components to be noticed. Energy conservation Renewable energy purchases LEED building construction Greenhouse gas emissions Production and transportation Supply-chain accountability Product stewardship Solid-waste conservation Water conservation. As […]

Geologic carbon dioxide sequestration – Requirements established

December 21, 2010 by

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a final rule establishing the requirements for underground injection of carbon dioxide (CO2). The purpose of these rules is to ensure the safety and prevent the possible groundwater contamination that CO2 can cause . This rule was issued under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The […]

SEC and Climate Change Risks disclosure

November 25, 2010 by

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The United States Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC’) [1]has recently taken several actions which clarify its strategy on environmental disclosures by reporting companies. SEC along with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and others have issued guidance regarding climate change disclosures. These guidances include Standards regarding company exclusion of shareholders’ environmental proposals Enforcement actions relating to the […]

CO2 emissions fell 33 percent from 2005 to 2009 across RGGI states – Draft Report

November 25, 2010 by

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A draft report was recently released for stakeholer comments by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. This report claims that annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity generators in the 10 states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) were 33 percent lower in 2009 than in 2005. A ccording to […]