EPA Proposes Updates to Methane Standards at New Landfills

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new proposal last week to update the air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills.  The proposal is a part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. As waste decomposes in a landfill, it breaks down to form landfill gas that is made up of carbon dioxide, …

Clean Power Plan a Big Step in the Right Direction

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President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Power Plan this week, a proposal that would cut carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants for the first time.  With power plants being the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., this move by President Obama is the biggest one yet in the work on curbing …

IPCC Releases Second Installment of Climate Report

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second installment of the fifth climate report in late March.  The first installment was released in September of 2013 with the next installment planned for April, 2014.  The IPCC is “the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and …

EPA Sets Updated Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new emission and fuel standards for cars on Monday, March 3rd.  The program, Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards, will begin in 2017 and will apply to passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles and some heavy-duty vehicles.  These standards will consider the vehicle and its fuel as an integrated system. “These …

2014 Renewable Fuel Standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new 2014 renewable fuel standards earlier this month.  The EPA is looking for public comment on the standards which address the levels of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel.  These new standards are required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The standard will set requirements for the annual …

EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released greenhouse gas emissions data from large facilities last week.  This is the third report of its kind and details pollution emissions and trends by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region, and individual facility.  Overall, the EPA reports a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. The data is obtained from the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which …

DEP Releases Climate Impacts Assessment

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has released an updated Climate Impacts Assessment for the state of Pennsylvania.  The report is an update to the findings made in the 2009 reports entitled Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment and Economic Impacts of Projected Climate Change in Pennsylvania.  These previous reports presented assessments on the impacts of climate change on various sectors …

EPA Proposes Carbon Standards for New Power Plants

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On September 20, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed standards on carbon pollution from new power plants.  In addition to this proposal, the EPA is also initiating engagement with state, tribal and local government, industry and labor leaders, non-profits, and others to create carbon pollution standards for existing power plants.  The proposed standards stem from a portion of President …

EPA Issues Final 2013 Percentage Standards for Renewable Fuel

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Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final 2013 percentage standards for certain fuel categories.  The fuels are part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program established by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). The rule will affect four fuel categories: biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuels, cellulosic biofuels, and total renewable fuel. The final 2013 volumes and …

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

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Last week, President Obama announced the contents of his Climate Action Plan.  The plan has been received both negatively and positively, however many will agree it is an assertive and bold plan. “It is the most aggressive and promising climate plan to come out of the executive branch in years and President Obama should be applauded for the bold leadership …