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Appeals court ruling raises viability issues for Missouri coal-fired plant

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge’s 2019 ruling that ordered Ameren Missouri to install pollution controls at its Rush Island power plant south of Festus, a decision likely to force the St. Louis-based electric utility to rethink its long-term plans or spend hundreds of millions retrofitting a 1970s-era coal […]

August 26, 2021 Read More →

Major oil companies flaring Permian gas without required permits

Reuters: Oil producers such as Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) are burning off gas in the largest oil field in the United States without required Texas state permits, the environmental group Earthworks said in a report on Thursday. Energy producers flare gas, an unwanted by-product of oil extraction, when they cannot transport […]

August 20, 2021 Read More →

Retirements to cut US coal plants by half of 2015 levels within 15 years

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Based on already planned and announced retirements, less than half of the U.S. coal-fired power generation capacity that existed at the start of 2015 will remain online by 2035, a new S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis shows. Utilities are rapidly closing coal-fired power plants, and while 2020 and 2021 offer […]

August 2, 2021 Read More →

EPA plans to reverse easing of coal ash regulations for power plants

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 26 launched a new rulemaking effort to reverse Trump-era changes that eased coal ash regulations for coal-fired power plants. At issue is an October 2020 final rule that saw the Trump EPA relax a 2015 regulation that requires coal plants, one of the […]

July 27, 2021 Read More →

EPA recommends against Mountain Valley Pipeline crossing permit

Virginia Mercury: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that the Army Corps of Engineers not grant Mountain Valley Pipeline a critical permit to cross several hundred streams in Virginia and West Virginia.  “EPA has identified a number of substantial concerns with the project as currently proposed, including whether all feasible avoidance and minimization measures […]

July 12, 2021 Read More →

Fights over natural gas ban for new buildings spread across U.S.

Wall Street Journal ($): A growing fight is unfolding across the U.S. as cities consider phasing out natural gas for home cooking and heating, citing concerns about climate change, and states push back against these bans. Major cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and New York have either enacted or proposed measures to ban or […]

June 3, 2021 Read More →

EPA suggests FERC consider gas pipelines as potential stranded assets

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staked out a new position on federal reviews of interstate natural gas pipelines, advising the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to weigh the potential for “carbon lock-in” and the “costly irreversibility” of building such infrastructure. The EPA, as a representative of the Biden administration, has the […]

June 1, 2021 Read More →

Gauging ambition of U.S. climate goal depends on the starting point

New York Times ($): The United States officially has a new goal for fighting climate change over the next decade. So how ambitious is it? President Biden announced Thursday that America would aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent to 52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. That’s one of the more aggressive […]

April 22, 2021 Read More →

New EPA proposal not likely to end disputes over new gas pipeline projects, experts say

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Even as industry welcomes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest proposal aimed at preventing states from blocking infrastructure projects, experts say that the policy is unlikely to give gas pipelines the boost they want. The Aug. 9 rule-making proposal — the latest volley in a battle between states and the […]

August 16, 2019 Read More →

Court rules EPA guidelines for coal wastewater, leachate need to be tightened

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A federal appeals court vacated two provisions of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring power plants to treat toxic waste streams because the regulations illegally relied on decades-old technology. The April 12 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit dealt a fresh blow to the […]

April 16, 2019 Read More →