Environmental groups have submitted a petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, charging an Environmental Protection Agency rule that sets a new deadline for states to submit plans to reduce fine particle pollution violates the Clean Air Act and asking for a review, E&E reports.
The National Association of Manufactures said Thursday that the toughest ozone pollution limits being considered by the Obama administration could cost the economy up to $270 billion in year in lost output and higher energy costs.
NAM issued the figure based on a study it commissioned on the potential costs of a potential major reduction in allowable ground-level ozone, a key component of smog.
A spokeswoman for the Environmental Protection Agency, Liz Purchia, said officials had not seen the study. She stressed that it is still reviewing technical information and that any projection of economic impacts is premature before it unveils an ozone proposal in December.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the owners of the Navajo Generating Station could either shut down one of the plant's 750-megawatt units or reduce power generation by an equal amount by 2020. The owners would have until 2030 to install pollution controls that would cut nitrogen-oxide emissions by 80 percent.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River months after a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant, federal environmental officials said Thursday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's on-scene coordinator, Myles Bartos, said Duke had dredged up about 2,500 tons of ash and contaminated sediment that settled against a dam in Danville, Virginia. Another 500 tons was recovered from other pockets in the river and settling tanks at two municipal water treatment plants in Virginia.
A Southern California regional air quality board has given Exide Technologies permission to reopen its battery plant in a Los Angeles neighborhood after it installs arsenic and lead controls, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Brent crude for December extended its rebound to rise 34 cents to $86.16 a barrel as Goldman Sachs speculated that the recent steep drop in price was excessive. West Texas Intermediate gained 5 cents to settle at $82.75 a barrel, Bloomberg reports.
Officials from several OPEC members outside the Persian Gulf are calling for a reduction in production in response to falling oil prices, as Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states seek to keep the ceiling high, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the global economy could collapse if the price of oil stays near $80 a barrel for an extended period but downplayed arguments that low prices will significantly devalue Russia's currency, Business Insider reports.
As global oil prices trend downward, 80 of the oil industry's largest crude oil tankers are headed for Chinese ports, marking the largest number of shipments in nine months and indicating China may be boosting purchases, Bloomberg reports.
An Environmental Protection Agency study has found that neonicotinoid pesticides, linked to the death of bees and other insect pollinators, have had little effect to boost the size of soybean yields, The Globe and Mail reports.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz praised Abengoa's new plant-waste biofuels plant in Kansas as the future of the ethanol production, as it doesn't force competition between ethanol producers and food suppliers, The Associated Press reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a greenhouse gas permit for Natgasoline's proposed methanol plant in Beaumont, Texas, ending the final regulatory hurdle for the project that could cost as much as $1.8 billion, the Beaumont Enterprise reports.
Entergy officials estimated that the cost to decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will be $1.24 billion, and the company has about half the needed value in its decommission fund, The Associated Press reports.