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EPA watchdog plans to audit air quality; Alaska task force files climate policy

Group asks court to toss US EPA's interpretation of key Clean Air Act provision

An October 2017 order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established an illegal interpretation of a Clean Air Act provision intended to control pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants, the Sierra Club argued to a federal appeals court Oct. 4.

A look back at Kavanaugh's past energy, environmental decisions and dissents

Newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is no stranger to cases involving federal regulations for the energy sector.

Review board scraps public hearing for Pieridae's Goldboro LNG project

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board canceled a public hearing to address an aboriginal group's concerns about Pieridae Energy Ltd.'s Goldboro LNG export project after the group formally withdrew its objections to the proposed C$10 billion export terminal.

Analysis finds the world has until 2030 to step up action on climate change

The world will need to quickly slash carbon dioxide emissions and drastically scale up low-carbon infrastructure investments over the next decade to limit and mitigate the impacts of climate change, according to a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC.

US EPA's watchdog plans audit to assess agency progress toward air quality goals

The EPA's watchdog office will hold the agency accountable for its stated goal of significantly reducing air pollution by 2022, according to a five-year strategic plan released Oct. 4.

Review of green bonds finds energy-efficiency carbon offsets tricky to calculate

A review of dozens of green bonds that financed more than 800 projects found renewable generation tended to offer the highest potential avoided carbon dioxide emissions while energy efficiency projects show mixed results and their environmental benefits were trickier to calculate.

Duke to install 530 electric vehicle charging stations in Florida

Duke Energy Florida LLC plans to install about 530 electric vehicle charging stations under its Park and Plug pilot program.

Illinois panel offers its own plan for emissions rates from Vistra plants

The fate of air pollution control rules for eight of Vistra Energy Corp.'s coal-fired power plants in central and southern Illinois will remain undecided for now.

Experts spar over US EPA's proposed science transparency rule

The chairman of a Senate subcommittee with oversight of the EPA touted the Trump administration's proposed scientific transparency rule, claiming the policy would strengthen the science behind regulations. But a former employee with more than a decade of experience inside the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation said the agency's proposed "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science" rule is linked to recent efforts to weaken major air pollution regulations.

Alaska climate task force submits final policy, action plan to governor

The Climate Action for Alaska task force formally submitted its recommendations for a state climate policy and action plan to Gov. Bill Walker. The Sept. 26 plan was the culmination of a year's work of drafting potential state climate policies and how to implement those policies. Walker immediately started to allocate the various climate goals and policy between several state agencies.

Investors, others ask US SEC to mandate, streamline corporate ESG disclosures

Citing a boom in corporate sustainability disclosures and the challenges of trying to compare that information, a group of U.S.-based investors, related groups and securities law professors have asked federal regulators to establish mandatory standards for environmental, social and governance, or ESG, reporting.