Category: Energy

California Enacts Carbon Capture Laws

Three bills recently signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsome are expected to clear the path for the state to meet its stringent carbon reduction/neutrality goals in 2030, 2038, and 2045. The bills address new regulation of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) and carbon dioxide (CO2) removal (CDR) projects in the state. Senate […]

Ask the Expert: Fiber Drum Compatibility Requirements

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking about 55-gallon fiber drum compatibility requirements. See what the experts had to say. Q: Do 55-gallon fiber drums meet the requirements for compatibility in 40 CFR […]

CSB Safety Video Gets 1 Million Views in a Week

A safety video released October 27 by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigations Board (CSB) reached 1 million views on YouTube within a week, the CSB announced November 7. The video, “Wake Up Call: Refinery Disaster in Philadelphia,” details the June 21, 2019, fire, series of explosions, and toxic hydrofluoric acid (HF) release at […]

Climate Change Insurance Defense Coverage Up in the Air

Who pays for climate change damages? Industry or their insurance carrier? The first cases that will determine the answer to these questions are making their way through the legal system. In the last few years, several state and local governments across the country have filed lawsuits against energy companies for their alleged contributions to climate […]

Back to Basics: Carbon Capture, Storage, and Repurposing

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine carbon capture, storage, and reporting. There has been a shift in attitude toward climate action. Instead of being viewed as a source of job loss, climate action is seen as a […]

Climate Lawsuits Sent Back to State Courts

In an opinion dated August 17, 2022, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld federal district court rulings in Delaware and New Jersey that state courts are the proper venue for two climate change lawsuits brought against big oil companies. Two different lawsuits, one filed by the City of Hoboken and the other by the […]

Back to Basics: Oil and Gas Hazards

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine the hazards associated with oil and gas extraction, and OSHA’s recommendations for oil and gas safety. Oil and gas industry workers face all kinds of hazards during all the different industrial […]

Is the Biden Administration’s Clean Energy Agenda Dead?

President Joseph Biden Jr. emphatically stated climate change is the “number one issue facing humanity” during his campaign and vowed to shepherd the United States through the tough changes to transition the nation away from fossil fuel use to clean energy sources during his presidency. Biden has been stalled and hampered at almost every turn […]

Electricity Providers Say Proposed CSAPR Plan Threatens Grid Reliability

The EPA’s proposed expanded Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) program to further reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from large industrial sources includes an allowance-based trading program for 25 states. This action is expected to resolve the good neighbor provisions for those states in meeting the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for NOx. The […]

Tougher Vehicle Emissions Proposed

In a steady march toward a carbonless future, the Biden administration continues to take actions to push industry and consumers into making choices that use less fossil fuel. On June 21, 2022, the EPA released a regulatory update advising it plans to propose tougher emissions standards through at least 2030 vehicle model years by March […]