Category Archives: Climate Change / CCS

EPA Publishes New Power Plant Emissions Rule

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from new fossil fuel-fired power plants in the Federal register on January 8, 2013. The 60-day public comment period for this proposed rule closes on March 10, 2014 and there is a public hearing scheduled for… Read More »

Obama Administration Seeks Public Input On The Social Cost Of Carbon

The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is currently $33 per ton, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  This value was recently adjusted and is up 57% since 2010, when the SCC was first announced. Various industry groups have objected to the SCC estimate, which was first used in a Department… Read More »

Low Methane Leakage from Shale Gas Wells Verified

Critics of shale gas development have frequently charged that methane leaks and emissions from shale gas operations are high enough to present no real advantage over other fossil fuels from a greenhouse gas standpoint.  However, recent study conducted  by the University of Texas and the Environmental Defense Fund (yes, you read that correctly) concluded that… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Review USEPA Greenhouse Gas Permitting

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 agreed to hear the challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations concerning greenhouse gases.   Petitioners, to include industry groups and various states, expressed concern about the merits of the EPA decision to regulate mobile and stationary sources for greenhouse gases.  Six of the petitions were… Read More »

EPA Drops the First Shoe in the President’s Climate Action Plan

On September 20, 2013, USEPA proposed the establishment of the new source performance standard (NSPS) on fossil fired power plants pursuant to Section 111(b) of the federal Clean Air Act.  In doing so, USEPA announced that it was withdrawing its April 2013 proposal which received more comments than any other rulemaking in the agency’s history.… Read More »