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CBO report on CCS
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

On June 28, the Congressional Budget Office, at the request of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the report, Federal Efforts to Reduce the Cost of Capturing and Storing Carbon Dioxide, finding that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is still too expensive to be commercially viable, despite $6.9 billion in funding to the Energy Department since 2005 to develop and demonstrate the technology


Energy and climate debate - July 1, 2012
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

In the midst of a big week for health care, energy issues had a number of their own headlines as well


Bird information sought
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The American Bird Conservancy filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia June 26


Groups to sue over lack of state lead plans
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

On June 27, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Environmental Health issued a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its alleged failure to act on state implementation plans for the 2008 lead air quality standards


In fracking reporting
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

Indiana oil and gas well drillers will be required to disclose information about additives and pressures used in the fracking process beginning July 1


Stationary combustion turbine standard revisions
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

In response to a 2006 petition for reconsideration from the Utility Air Regulatory Group, the Environmental Protection Agency announced June 25 proposed revisions to the emissions performance standards for stationary combustion turbines, which set emissions limits for nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide


Alternative fuel development
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

At an Association of Climate Change Officers conference on defense, national security, and climate change June 25, Sharon Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plants and programs, stated that the Pentagon is relying on the private sector to develop alternative fuels for military vehicles and aircraft


Asian black carbon reductions
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • South Africa, USA
  • July 1 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency released a report June 11 finding that low-cost programs to improve efficiencies in industrial brick kilns and heavy duty trucking fleets would help to reduce black carbon emissions in South Africa


NH RGGI departure potential
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

According to New Hampshire legislation (H.B. 1490) that went into effect June 23 without the signature of Governor John Lynch (D), the state will be allowed to leave the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative if two other states, or one other accounting for at lest 10 percent of the program’s load, terminates or authorizes termination in the program


Water concerns
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

Speaking at an Association of Climate Change Officers conference on defense, national security, and climate change June 26, Marc Kodack, program manager in the Defense Department’s Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability said that a portion of U.S. Army suppliers is likely to face water supply challenges, thus posing a threat to military missions