U.S. Energy Information Administration releases its online analysis of 2012 energy-related carbon dioxide emissions today. It indicates U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels were 5,290 million metric tons carbon dioxide in 2012, a decrease of almost 4 percent from the 2011 level. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have declined in five of […]
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a narrow challenge to the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources including power plants. The high court indicated it would consider only a single question: “Whether EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of GHG from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the […]
On September 20th, EPA proposed Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants. The proposal achieves the first milestone outlined in President Obama’s June 25 Memorandum to EPA on “Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards”, a major part of the President’s Climate Action Plan. EPA News Release here.
DEQ has called for the first “Ozone Action Day” of the summer for the Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Thibodaux and Shreveport areas this Friday, August 30th. Meteorological conditions are expected to be favorable for the formation of ozone. Computer models show a potential for ozone levels to reach into the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range.
From The Advocate: Four ExxonMobil facilities in Baton Rouge and Port Allen will be paying a total or more than $2.3 million in penalties, civil fines, environmental projects, and internal improvements as part of a settlement that DEQ and ExxonMobil say will benefit the communities and the facilities. See DEQ press release here.
The Senate voted 59 – 40 today to confirm the nomination of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy will formally take the reins at EPA at a time when the Obama administration is stepping up work on controversial greenhouse gas regulations. More info in The Hill article here.
BRCAC has received an April 16 letter from EPA welcoming both BRCAC’s and CRPC’s expanded involvement in EPA’s Advance Program with respect to the Baton Rouge Metro area. Both organizations will now work on integrated efforts to reduce air pollutants that form both ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
DEQ has published it’s most recent ENewsLetter for March, 2013. The newsletter can be accessed here.
EPA has announced the availability of the “Integrated Science Assessment of Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants (Final Report) as descrobed in the February 15, 2013 Federal Register Notice. More on the announcement here.
On February 14th, DEQ published the most recent issue of its ”Discover DEQ” newsletter. The issue features an article concerning the DEQ/BRCAC efforts to solicit public input into the state’s ozone attainment program. The article states, “DEQ and the Baton Rouge Clean Air Coalition encourage residents statewide to think about their own areas and environment and help to […]
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