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Mintz | USA | 1 Jul 2012

Groups to sue over lack of state lead plans

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.
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Mintz | Canada | 1 Jul 2012

Changes to British Columbia’s bio-product regulations

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.
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Mintz | USA | 1 Jul 2012

Cement standard updates

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.
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Mintz | USA | 1 Jul 2012

U.S. may not meet RFS requirements

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.
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Mintz | Global | 1 Jul 2012

Maritime energy efficiency

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.
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Mintz | USA | 1 Jul 2012

Jaczko investigation completed

Responding to an August 2011 investigation request from Senators James Inhofe (R-OK), John Barrasso (R-WY), David Vitter (R-LA), and Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspector general’s office completed June 26 its investigation into Chairman Gregory Jaczko’s management style and has written a report that leaves both Chairman Jaczko and his critics claiming victory.
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Mintz | USA | 1 Jul 2012

$14 million for building efficiency

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.
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Mintz | USA | 1 Jul 2012

Cape Wind reaches agreement with fishermen

On June 26, the Cape Wind project announced an agreement with the Martha's Vineyard fishermen's association under which the wind developer will work to expand and protect commercial fishing operations in exchange for the fishermen dropping their lawsuit.
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Mintz | USA | 1 Jul 2012

$700 billion could be saved

Taxpayers for Common Sense, Friends of the Earth, and the R Street Institute released a study June 26 finding that Congress could save taxpayers nearly $700 billion over 10 years be eliminating environmentally harmful subsidies and programs ranging from oil and gas industry tax breaks to loan guarantees for alternative energy projects.
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Mintz | USA | 1 Jul 2012

$102 million for small business R&D

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced June 27 that the Department of Energy will award $102 million to 104 small businesses across the country for research and development projects.
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