Tag Archives: EPA

EPA Moves On HFCs

Department calls proposed rule on hydroflourocarbons “among the most significant environmental laws in recent years” In an announcement that could have a major impact on the HVAC/R industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is officially proposing its first rule under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 to phase down the production […]

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The Golden State Gas Cap

Sales of new gas-powered cars banned in California by 2035 California’s state legislature made waves with an announcement two weeks ago banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order to do so might be welcome news to EV nuts…but it has not gone over well in other factions. […]

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Can CPP Rollback Bring Coal Back?

EPA officially nixes CPP…and other news in utilities, renewable energy The Environmental Protection Agency, a branch designed to protect the natural human and animal habitats of Earth, has completed one of the more controversial moves in its history. The EPA finalized the rollback of the Clean Power Plan on June 19th. In replacement, the agency […]

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‘Virtually’ All is Ashes

Coal ash pollution survey finds 91% rate from power plant groundwater In what it considers the “first comprehensive, national study of coal ash pollution”, a left-wing think tank produced a four-year report March 4 containing harrowing results. The sum of these is that power plant groundwater monitoring data revealed unsafe levels of toxic pollutants 91 […]

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Old King Coal

Phasing out, across America and abroad Coal-fired power plants, as well as their nuclear cousins, have been shutting down in recent years. This is no secret. Many more have been forced into early retirement at an increased rate over the last five years, especially, due to the rise of renewable energy resources, environmental regulations, and […]

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A Week on the Hill

FERC cybersecurity standards revised; Pruitt faces Congress The good, the bad, and the government. This week started with one department on Capitol Hill meeting expectations and assuaging the people, as FERC revised its cybersecurity standards. With an endless stream of politics in between, Thursday saw another culmination—and possible comeuppance—for a different government branch as EPA […]

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Garbage Time

Massive patch in the Pacific is way larger than we thought Ok, you don’t like EPA regulations. Sure, “people are too dramatic about pollution.” You’re convinced that climate change is a hoax. Maybe there’s no point in getting worked up about the environment. Maybe we should all accept that increased pollution is an inevitability, generated […]

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EPA Repeals CPP

Official rollback seen as huge win for coal as renewables regroup This decision is one that most American citizens saw coming. Scott Pruitt and the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday the official proposal for repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The plan which was a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s environmental efforts against climate change […]

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Put Up Your Dukes

Environmental lawsuit competes with groundbreaking project for utility Strategic sweetener or coincidence? Or the everyday shuffle of news—both good and bad—for one of the country’s largest utilities? Whatever the case, Duke Energy dominated Wednesday and Thursday with polarizing headlines: the negative being a lawsuit and public outcry over its coal ash practices, the positive being […]

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Survey Says…

Study of power sources analyzes grid reliability A highly anticipated, heavily scrutinized study of the power grid was finally released Wednesday night by the Department of Energy, with surprising results. The study—which endured delays, controversial personnel, and even an unofficial draft leaked to the press a month ago, was widely expected to charge renewable energy […]

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