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Groups to sue over lack of state lead plans

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.

Changes to British Columbia’s bio-product regulations

Canada - July 1 2012 On June 26, the Canadian province of British Columbia’s minister of forests, lands, and natural resource operations announced regulatory changes to the Forest Act, Forest and Range Practices Act, and Wildfire Act that will help bioenergy producers and manufacturers access needed logging slash and wood waste fiber.

Cement standard updates

USA - July 1 2012 Responding to a December 2011 U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed changes June 25 to its 2010 air standards for the Portland cement manufacturing industry.

U.S. may not meet RFS requirements

USA - July 1 2012 The Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook 2012 June 25, concluding that the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007’s requirement that mandates 36 billion gallons of biofuels in the nation’s fuel supply by 2022 is unlikely to be met.

Maritime energy efficiency

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.