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.
California Governor Jerry Brown (D) approved a budget plan June 28 forcing the California Air Resources Board to delay adoption of regulations that would allow the agency to link the state’s greenhouse gas emissions trading program with one Quebec is implementing.
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.
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.
On June 29, Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency’s assistant administrator for air and radiation, told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power that EPA regulations will contribute to the closing of old coal-fired electrical generation units, while also paving the way for more advanced coal-fired units.
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
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.
British Columbia’s environment minister released a progress report and 2010 greenhouse gas inventory report June 27, indicating that the Canadian province is on track to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
The National Research Council (NRC) released Sea Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Washington and Oregon: Past, Present and Future, a report finding that while global sea levels are rising, the sea level south of California's Cape Mendocino is falling while levels in Oregon and Washington are rising.
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.