Tag Archives: Environment

EPA’s ozone standard: A defining moment for U.S. manufacturing

As we approach EPA’s March 17 deadline for comments on its proposal lowering the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone, Americans should be fully informed of the impacts. In many communities, the answer is simple: Fewer jobs, slower growth. Perhaps the real-world consequences of EPA’s plan are hidden behind confusing terminology. In EPA-speak, [...]

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After 7-year delay, EPA should fully implement current ozone standard

On March 12, 2008, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone at 75 parts per billion (ppb) – the most stringent ever. Last week, EPA finally completed the implementation requirements for states. The rules include deadlines for submitting plans, emission control technologies to be used, and processes [...]

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EPA’s latest GHG rules highlight Administration’s unfinished business on energy policy

Now more than ever, America needs a true all-of-the-above energy strategy. A proposal announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week shows how much remains to be done. On Friday, EPA issued re-proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for GHG emissions from new power plants. While we are pleased that the NSPS for [...]

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Barrasso amendment would prevent use of flawed estimates for social cost of carbon

Senator Barrasso (R- Wyo.) introduced an amendment this week that would prevent the Administration from relying on revised estimates for the social cost of carbon (SCC) that did not go through formal rulemaking or review. Barrasso attached the amendment to S. 1392, the energy efficiency bill sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman [...]

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Vehicle fuel efficiency is on the rise, thanks in large part to chemistry

How popular are chemistry-enabled, fuel-efficient cars right now? The average sales-weighted fuel economy for light-duty vehicles sold in July reached the record high of 24.8 mpg for the fourth time this year, according the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s Eco-Driving Index. The number of hybrids sold in July was 45,494 – the largest amount [...]

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Governing Magazine explores the potential of converting waste into energy

When Dylan Scott from Governing Magazine took a recent tour of Covanta’s waste-to-energy facility in Northern Virginia, one of the first things that struck him was how much trash this facility processes daily: Each day, Covanta converts nearly 100 tons of municipal solid waste (that would otherwise be lost to landfill) into energy – that’s [...]

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Science writer highlights how recovering energy from waste helps fight climate change

In a recent article for the Huffington Post, science writer and founder of ScienceDebate.org Shawn Lawrence Otto writes about how misperceptions concerning waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities have actually worked against the effort to address climate change. Otto characterizes opposition to WTE technology as “misguided,” and adds: In the article, Otto points out that Americans recycle and [...]

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SOTU: Energy and manufacturing a blueprint for a stronger union

In a video message previewing his State of the Union Address, President Obama said he’ll talk about energy and manufacturing as part of a “blueprint for an economy that’s built to last.” The President first linked these priorities at an “Insourcing American Jobs” forum earlier this month, where a White House report singled out shale [...]

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Don’t miss the 2012 Responsible Care Conference & Expo, April 29 to May 2, in Hollywood, FL

The 2012 Responsible Care Conference & Expo will be held April 29-May 2 at The Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. With Responsible Care 4.0 on the horizon, this is a can’t-miss opportunity to learn about the imminent changes to the Responsible Care initiative. The conference will also reinforce the commitment ACC members and Partners [...]

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New Video: Chemistry and the Low Carbon Economy

This week and next, thousands of experts, government officials, industry representatives, and NGOs are meeting in Durban, South Africa for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to address climate change. The [...]

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