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EPA moves to regulate strontium in drinking water

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The Hill

Taking the first formal step in the process to limit strontium in drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued a preliminary determination to regulate levels of the substance and will take public comment on the matter, The Hill reports.

Texas comptroller to look at natgas incentives

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The Texas Tribune

Having stirred up controversy with a report criticizing tax credits for the wind industry, Texas comptroller Susan Combs’ next target is incentives for natural gas, The Texas Tribune reports.

Explosions, fires still problem in oil and gas industry

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E&E

Despite recent improvements in the numbers, oil and gas firms still have more deaths from explosions and fires than any other private industry and carelessness is still a problem, according to E&E’s review of federal statistics.

US urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is urging Japan to be bolder in opening its markets to help reach a deal on a pan-Pacific trade agreement.

Pritzker, who is leading the Commerce Department's first trade mission to Japan in two decades, said Tuesday that U.S. and Japanese negotiators were closing the gap on trade in farm goods and vehicles but that there were still "tough issues" to work on.

Executives from 20 leading medical and energy technology companies paid thousands of dollars each to join the trade mission to Japan and South Korea, Pritzker's first visit to Asia as commerce secretary.

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NAM defends ozone cost study despite CRS criticism

The National Association of Manufacturers is challenging a Congressional Research Service report that downplays its claims that it can project a tougher federal ozone standard could impose $270 billion in annual costs on the U.S. economy.

"We disagree with the assertion that it is not possible to estimate the potential costs of this massive new regulation at proposal," said Ross Eisenberg, NAM's vice president of energy and resources policy, in a statement provided by a spokesman.

DOE looks at energy conservation in water heaters, fluorescent lamps

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The Hill

Proposed new regulations from the Department of Energy, published in Tuesday’s Federal Register seeking public comment, would cover energy conservation standards for some water heaters, while others would target certain fluorescent lamps, The Hill reports.

Greens cheer Papp saying climate change to be Arctic focus

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E&E

As the U.S. prepares to take the chair of the Arctic Council for two years, environmentalists have been heartened by recent statements from U.S. Special Representative Robert Papp, who has said that climate change would figure prominently on his agenda, E&E reports.

Ex-EPA official Fri dead at 78

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The New York Times

Robert W. Fri, who held a number of posts at the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s and served as president of the research institute Resources for the Future for a decade starting in the mid 80s, died on Oct. 10 in Maryland, The New York Times reports.

Associated Press

Production up, pump prices down if crude exports allowed: GAO

The Government Accountability Office has given new support to lawmakers and oil companies clamoring to repeal the 1970s-era ban on most crude oil exports.

GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, said in a new report on Monday that a repeal could raise domestic oil prices from $2 a barrel to as much as $8 a barrel, a potential boon to drillers. At the same time, consumers would likely pay less at the pump for gasoline, as much as 13 cents a gallon, because of expanded world oil supply.

Action essential to curb methane: DOE

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FuelFix

A senior Energy Department official said Monday that the U.S. needs to take steps to curb methane emissions in the oil and gas industry, FuelFix reports.

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