Some see Pruitt's shift on climate change as an attempt to mollify critics
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt seemed to break with President Donald Trump at his confirmation hearing Jan. 18, agreeing that climate change is not a hoax and with the U.S. EPA's finding that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions endanger human health and welfare and therefore need to be regulated.
PG&E proposes to electrify buses and other heavy-duty vehicles
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. submitted a proposal to California utility regulators to electrify fleets of medium and heavy duty vehicles including school buses and delivery vehicles. The PG&E Corp. subsidiary said it made the $253 million budget request for seven projects to the California Public Utilities Commission on Jan. 20 aimed at accelerating widespread electric vehicle adoption and combating climate change.
California proposes to keep cap-and-trade to hit greenhouse gas emissions goals
To get California's greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, the California Air Resources Board is proposing to continue the state's cap-and-trade program and take a new path toward cutting emissions at refineries. CARB's proposal, released Jan. 20, touts steps that California has already taken to reduce emissions and notes that future efforts will require contributions from all sectors of the economy.
Pruitt: Endangerment finding the law of the land and must be respected
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said during his Jan. 18 confirmation hearing that the U.S. EPA's finding that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases constitute a threat to human health and welfare and therefore need to be regulated is the law of the land and "must be respected."
Ontario's coal plant phase-out didn't improve air quality, new study says
A costly operation to close coal-fired power plants in Ontario did little to improve air quality in the province, according to a recent think tank study. "Ontario closed its coal-fired plants with promises to greatly reduce air pollution and save billions in health costs, neither of which came true. Now the province has the most expensive energy in North America," said Kenneth Green, senior director of natural resource studies at the Fraser Institute, in a release.
Consent decree lays out path for EPA to review NOx, SOx standards
The U.S. EPA agreed to a timeline for reviewing the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides, referred to as NOx and SOx, respectively, after the Center for Biological Diversity complained that the agency is years late in completing a review of the standards.
Duke Energy offers compensation to residents near coal ash ponds
Duke Energy Corp. is moving forward with its plans to provide permanent alternative water supplies to residents near its coal ash ponds in North Carolina and is offering a one-time $5,000 "goodwill payment" to impacted property owners.
Obama administration gives $500M to Green Climate Fund
The Obama administration contributed another $500 million to the Green Climate Fund, which supports climate change programs and initiatives to help protect vulnerable populations and developing nations to become more resilient to the phenomenon.
Environmental groups sue state agency over Georgia Power coal plant permits
The Sierra Club and three other environmental groups are suing a state agency to compel it to update water pollutant permits for five Georgia Power Co. coal-fired plants.
Gas pipes not to blame for most San Francisco-area methane emissions, study says
Methane emissions in the San Francisco area may be much higher than expected, but natural gas is not the only — or even the primary — contributor, research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory determined.
W.Va. lab manager gets 2 years for faking results of coal discharge tests
A former manager of a West Virginia water testing laboratory was sentenced to two years in jail for his role in falsifying test results from coal mining operations. John Brewer pleaded guilty in October 2016 to one count of violating the federal Clean Water Act by falsifying the dates on water samples collected by Appalachian Laboratories Inc.