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House Approps approves Interior-EPA spending
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

On June 28, the House Appropriations Committee approved, 26-19, a $28 billion Interior-Environmental Protection Agency appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013


Coal ash regulation timing
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The National Mining Association and the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group intervened on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency last week in a lawsuit in which environmental advocates are seeking a firm deadline for the agency to issue final coal ash regulations


Rio20 commitments hard to track
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global
  • July 1 2012

Representatives from development banks and nonprofit groups said last week that tracking progress on the more than 700 voluntary commitments to sustainable development made at the Rio20 conference will be a challenge


Maritime energy efficiency
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global
  • July 1 2012

The International Maritime Organization said June 25 that improving energy efficiency of the shipping industry is an important part of its effort to ensure sustainable maritime development


Fracking in the UK
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • United Kingdom
  • July 1 2012

On June 29, the United Kingdom’s Royal Society released, Shale Gas Extraction in the UK: A Review of Hydraulic Fracturing, claiming the health, safety, and environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing are manageable, provided there exists strong regulation and monitoring of well casing and cementing


New-build issues severed and expedited in MATS challenge
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

June 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted White Stallion Energy Center LLC, Sunflower Electric Power Corp., Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., Power4Georgians LLC, Deseret Power Electric Cooperative, and Tenaska Trailblazer Partners LLC’s collective motion to sever issues specific to new coal-fired power plants from a host of other complaints covered under their suit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's mercury and air toxics standards


$14 million for building efficiency
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The Department of Energy announced June 27 new investments in state-led energy efficiency projects, supporting the administration’s commitment to reduce building energy costs and transfer those savings to taxpayers


CA commuter benefits
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The California Assembly passed, 52-22, legislation (S.B. 1339) June 25 that would allow San Francisco area air quality and transportation officials to require some businesses to offer commuter benefits to boost the use of public transit, reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, and curb air pollution


Biofuels Phase 1 FOA
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

On April 27, the Department of Defense released a $30 million Funding Opportunity Announcement for Phase 1 of a $210 million effort to establish the commercial-scale manufacture of drop-in replacement transportation biofuels for aviation and marine diesel use


Ozone’s heart impact
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

An Environmental Protection Agency-funded study published June 25 in the American Heart Association’s Circulation found that young adults who are exposed to ozone in short periods experienced temporary cardiovascular and nervous system changes that are linked to cardiovascular ailments