Tag: Energy

Renewable fuel standard, biofuel, corn

Proposed RFS Obligations Widely Met with Dissatisfaction

The EPA’s proposed 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for petroleum refiners, which are required under the Clean Air Act’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), were greeted with almost universal disapproval from the ethanol industry and the farmers who grow crops that are converted into ethanol.

Coal Plant

EPA Says Power Companies Don’t Need Financial Responsibility Rule

The EPA is proposing not to use its authority under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund) to impose financial responsibility requirements on facilities in the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution sector.

RFS Has Only a Small Impact on GHG Emissions

For the second time in 3 years, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has cast doubt on whether the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is having any more than a negligible effect on U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Affordable Clean Energy Rule Puts States in the Regulatory Driver’s Seat

In an action that ranks in importance with President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally repealed the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) and replaced it with the Affordable Clean Energy rule (ACE). Both actions are contained in the same rule along with a third […]

Oil Refinery

CSB to EPA: Action Needed on Hydrofluoric Acid at Refineries

Explosions at two petroleum refineries in 2015 and 2018 resulted in a high level of alarm in the neighboring communities about the possibility of releases of clouds of hydrofluoric acid (HF) or modified HF (MHF) into those communities. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) investigated both incidents and also held public meetings […]

Refinery

Renewable Fuels Program Hobbled by Small Refinery Exemptions

The EPA’s implementation of the small refinery exemption is one of the more disputed aspects of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The major question associated with the exemption appears to be how does the Agency make decisions to approve or deny applications for exemptions?

Oil rig-fracking

EPA Says No Regulatory Revision Needed for O&G Waste

In a document required by a judicial settlement with environmental and community groups, the EPA says it is not necessary at this time to revise federal regulations governing the management of exploration, development, and production (E&P) wastes generated by the oil and gas (O&G) industry.

Energy-water nexus

Inefficiency Plagues the ‘Energy-Water Nexus’

The energy-water nexus is the current phrase used to connote the interdependence of energy and water. The generation of energy requires large volumes of water, mainly for cooling equipment at thermoelectric fossil fuel and nuclear power plants; much less water is needed for renewable energy, such as wind and solar.

Clean energy, green city, solar panels

Cities Take Action on Renewable Energy, Reduction of GHG Emissions

Hundreds of U.S. cities of all sizes are not waiting for the federal government to recommit to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and regain its position as the world leader in stemming climate change. At an April 2, 2019, House hearing, the mayors of three of those cities told their stories of commitment to a […]

Coal Plant

Another Court Loss for Coal Export Project

A proposed project to construct a terminal in Longview, Washington, from which up to 44 million metric tons of Western coal would be shipped annually to Asian ports, hit another snag when a U.S. district judge dismissed a claim by the project’s sponsors (plaintiffs) that Washington State’s denial of a water quality permit for the […]