EPA Releases Climate Plans on Fifth Anniversary of President Obama's Sustainability Initiative/Plan Builds Capacity to Protect Human Health and the Environment in a Changing Climate - These Sustainability Plans and Climate Change Adaptation Plans coincide with the fifth anniversary of President Obama's 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance, which set aggressive energy, climate and environmental targets for agencies, and detail how EPA's actions have already contributed to reducing the Federal Government's greenhouse gas emissions by more than 17 percent since 2008 the equivalent of permanently taking 1.8 million cars off the road.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
EPA revamps High Priority Violator policy, ends 'watch list' - EPA has eliminated the complicated matrix by which it evaluates facilities that commit high priority violations (HPVs) of polluted air, water and soil.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
EPA Provides Additional Information on Clean Power Plan & requests public comment on additional information and proposes carbon goals for areas in Indian Country and U.S. Territories - EPA is making additional information and ideas on its proposed Clean Power Plan rule available for public comment in a notice of data availability (NODA) and is following through on its commitment made in June to propose goals to reduce carbon pollution in areas of Indian Country and U.S. Territories where fossil-fuel power plants are located -- nearly 1.5 million public comments the agency has received so far; comments due on Dec. 1 & Dec. 19, 2014.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Environmental Assessment Certificate issued for TransCanada's Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project - TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) announced Oct. 24, that the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project (Coastal GasLink) -- The proposed project involves the construction and operation of an approximately 670-kilometre (415-mile), 1,219-mm (48-inch) diameter natural gas pipeline from the Groundbirch area near Dawson Creek, B.C. to the proposed LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat, B.C.
- Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Information & Documents
- TransCanada's $4b pipeline gets B.C. environmental assessment certificate - The next steps for the proposed project include detailed engineering and construction planning, as well as ongoing consultation with Aboriginal groups and the public; pending the receipt of all required regulatory approvals and a positive final investment decision from LNG Canada, the start of pipeline construction is anticipated in 2016, with an in-service date by the end of the decade.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
European Commission Approves ambitious proposals to cut GHG at least 40% - No player in the world is as ambitious as the European Union when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions. Indeed, the proof that it is ambitious is that we are now going from a goal of 20% cut by 2020 compared to 1990 to 40% by 2030, so, doubling the effort.
- EU 2030 framework for climate and energy policies - Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40%; Increasing the share of renewable energy to at least 27%; Increasing energy efficiency by at least 27%; & Reform of the EU emissions trading system
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Geochemical Tracers Can ID Fracking Flowback Fluids - The National Science Foundation reports scientists have developed tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment, and they have been field-tested at a spill site in West Virginia and downstream from an oil and gas brine wastewater treatment plant in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
EPA's Rules on Ozone-Depleting Chemicals Miss the Mark on Health and Climate Protection - (October 17, 2014) David Doniger, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Climate and Clean Air Program, made this comment on a final rule issued by EPA limiting the use of HCFC-22, used in air conditioners and refrigeration. It is the most powerful ozone-depleting chemical still in widespread use and traps nearly 2,000 times more heat than carbon dioxide.
- Final Rule: Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Adjustments to the Allowance System for Controlling HCFC Production, Import and Export, 2015-2019 - EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, signed the final rule on 10/16/14, and EPA is submitting it for publication in the Federal Register.
Friday, October 17, 2014
IPCC releases full Working Group II report - Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the full version (1820-pages) of its contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability on October 15 32-page summary also available
Thursday, October 16, 2014
EPA Announces Final Decision to Register Enlist Duo, Herbicide Containing 2, 4-D and Glyphosate/Risk assessment ensures protection of human health, including infants, children - EPA announced it is registering in six states the highly controversial herbicide, Enlist Duo with first-time ever restrictions to manage the problem of resistant weeds.
- NRDC Sues EPA to Block New Pesticide That Threatens Monarch Butterflies, Human Health - The Natural Resources Defense Council filed suit in the D.C. Circuit court immediately after EPA approved the use of "Enlist Duo" -- a combination of two herbicides: glyphosate (initially marketed as Roundup) and 2,4-D, an older, toxic herbicide.
- Earthjustice Statement On Dow's Enlist Duo Approval - "This heedless action merely perpetuates the endless cycle of more genetically engineered crops leading to more pesticide use, leading to more of the same. We are examining all legal options."
- EPA Ignores Public Outcry, Approves Dangerous Weed Killer - The Environmental Working Group is "deeply disappointed" that [EPA] has decided to approve a toxic weed killer. . . despite overwhelming opposition from the scientific and public health community
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
- The A List: The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014 - The research is published and has been created at the request of 767 investors who represent more than a third of the world's invested capital.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The Pentagon's "2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap" - The Department of Defense (DoD) released its 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, which focuses on various actions and planning the DoD is taking to increase its resilience to the impacts of climate change [the report is dated June 2014, but released 10/13/14.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Building community resilience by strengthening America's natural resources and supporting green infrastructure
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Additional Opportunity to Provide Input on Critical Clean Water Proposal - U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extended for a second time, until November 14, the public comment period on the proposed Clean Water Protection rule -- i.e. Definition of "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS)
Monday, October 06, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court denies industry challenge to ground-level ozone health standard - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear legal challenges to the national, health-based air quality standard for ground-level ozone (Docket No. 13-1235, Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) v. EPA, Et Al.) [See page 9]
Friday, October 03, 2014
US nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola medical waste - The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients
- PHMSA Provides Guidance for Transporting Ebola Contaminated Items - An infectious substance must conform to all applicable HMR requirements when offered for transportation or transported by air, highway, rail, or water
- CDC Guidelines for Ebola related issues
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Obama Administration Announces Climate Action Champions Competition to Recognize Climate Leaders Across the United States - New Competition will Showcase Local and Tribal Governments Taking Action to Cut Carbon Pollution and Build Resilience to the Impacts of Climate Change -- The application for the Competition will be open until October 27
- Recognizing American Communities as Climate Action Champions - From more frequent and extreme storms to higher average temperatures and rising seas, Americans are experiencing first-hand what climate change will mean for their communities and their children. [Blog post by John Podesta Counselor to the President].
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Power Plant Standards Could Save Thousands of U.S. Lives Every Year - New study from Harvard, Syracuse, and Boston University scientists links strong carbon standards to substantial reductions in air pollution and widespread health benefits -- the study, "Health Co-benefits of Carbon Standards for Existing Power Plants"