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EPA Proposes Updates to Methane Standards at New Landfills

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. … Continue reading

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Safer Alternative for Toxic Flame Retardants

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced safer alternatives to toxic flame retardants.  The existing flame retardants are used in consumer and commercial products, including building insulation and products that contain flexible polyurethane foam. Existing retardant chemicals include hexabromocyclododecane … Continue reading

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Clean Power Plan a Big Step in the Right Direction

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 … Continue reading

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EPA Provides Grant to Philly

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administered a $200,000 grant to a Philadelphia nonprofit group this week to help train local residents for environmental jobs.   The grant went to the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) and will specifically be used to train … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Upholds EPA Interstate Air Pollution Regulation

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-2 ruling last week that upheld how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates interstate air pollution.  The ruling was on the case of the EPA vs. Homer City Generation, L.P., No. 12-1182.  This case … Continue reading

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TRI Reporting Deadline Approaching

July 1, 2014 marks the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting deadline for reporting year 2013.  The report is required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for various facilities throughout the US. The TRI tracks the usage of specific toxic chemicals … Continue reading

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2015 EPA Budget Proposal

In early March, the Obama Administration proposed the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015) budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The proposed budget of $7.89 billion is $309.9 million below the enacted level for the EPA in Fiscal Year 2014. … Continue reading

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2013 Energy Benchmarking Reporting Deadline

The Philadelphia City Council passed legislation in mid 2012 regarding energy benchmarking for non-residential buildings in Philadelphia.  The bill established a system of reporting electric, oil, natural gas, steam, and water usage for non-residential buildings greater than 50,000 square feet.  … Continue reading

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EPA to Review Emission Factors at Refineries and Chemical Plants

A lawsuit was brought against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by Air Alliance Houston, Community In-Power and Development Association (CIDA), Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS) – represented by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP).  The lawsuit … Continue reading

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EPA Sets Updated Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards

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 … Continue reading

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