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33 More Injection Wells Shut Down in California

October 22, 2015 by Briana Mordick

The California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources issued orders last Thursday requiring operators to shut down 33 of the more than 2,500 injection wells improperly permitted to pump potentially toxic oil and gas wastewater and other fluids into federally protected drinking water aquifers.[read more]

Four Takeaways from the Order 745 Supreme Court Arguments

October 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

What an honor to attend oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States. The building's stately presence and history provided quite the backdrop for arguments on an issue dear to me and many other energy geeks across this country.[read more]

Let the Planning Begin, Part 2: States Prepare to Comply with the Clean Power Plan - or Not

October 9, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Compliance and Defiance

To comply or not to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan? For states, that is the question. Here we take a look at the states that are showing no sign of preparing to submit a plan, whether they don’t have to, they haven’t decided how to respond, or they just refuse to — in which case EPA will impose a federal plan.[read more]

Volkswagen's Shame and Challenge to Sustainability Management

September 22, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Trying to avoid compliance with air pollution rules, Volkswagen installed software that allowed their diesel automobiles to circumvent air quality regulation. The hero here is the International Council on Clean Transportation who found a large gap between pollutants emitted in the lab and emissions detected on the road.[read more]

Four Things California Should Consider before Rolling Out Time-of-Use Pricing

September 9, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California and Time-of-Use Pricing

This summer the California Public Utilities Commission ordered changes in how Californians pay for electricity. Customers of the big three investor-owned utilities will be switching residential customers to the same pricing plan used by commercial and industrial customers: time-of-use electricity pricing.[read more]

EPA Methane Rule: A Good Start Toward Meeting Administration's Landmark Goal

August 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA Methane Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took a big step recently, announcing the nation’s first methane pollution standards for the oil and gas industry. But to understand the impact of these new draft rules, it’s important to look at what they do – and what they don’t.[read more]

DoE Proposes First-Ever Standards for Commercial and Industrial Pumps with Support of Industry, Advocates

April 8, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Industrial Pumps and Regulatory Standards

The Department of Energy formally proposed the first-ever standards for commercial and industrial pumps, which are projected to produce up to $1.1 billion in net energy bill savings from pumps sold in the next 30 years and are supported by both industry and efficiency advocates.[read more]


EPA's Coal Ash Storage Rule Shouldn't Let Utilities Off the Hook: Viable Options Exist

December 29, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

EPA Coal Ash Regulation and Utilities

For a President who likes to champion cleaner, safer and cost effective energy and environmental solutions, it caught some by surprise when Barack Obama’s EPA punted on December 19th on classifying toxic coal ash as a hazardous waste which would have set stringent disposal requirements.[read more]

60 Minutes on Coal Ash: Muted Outrage, Lots of Smiles and Nods

December 12, 2014 by Rod Adams

Environmental Damage and Media Coverage

I’m not opposed to the political process and I recognize the important advantages to the adversarial system that is the foundation for our system of government. The nuclear industry needs to learn how to play the role that an industry is supposed to play in keeping regulatory reach and media coverage under control.[read more]

In the Clean Power Plan, the EPA and States can Count on Advanced Energy to Do More

November 25, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

The Clean Power Plan and Advanced Energy


Methodologies utilized by the Environmental Protection Agency in setting state-by-state targets based on expected use of energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce emission rates significantly underestimate their potential, both today and in the future.[read more]

California Utilities Likely to Be Back in the EV Charging Business

November 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Three years ago, the state of California banned utilities from becoming investors in public EV charging, saying they represented an unfair competitive threat to independent parties in a still-nascent market. But now the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed lifting that ban.[read more]

EPA Proposes to Limit Cancer-Causing Toxic Air Pollution From Petroleum Refineries

May 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new standards to limit toxic air pollution from petroleum refineries. The EPA’s proposal is good news for millions of Americans, since about 90 million Americans live within 30 miles of a refinery, and many live near more than one.[read more]


Renewable Wood Fuels, Part 1: Environmentally Beneficial or a Chronic Problem?

April 24, 2014 by John Miller

Renewable Wood Fuels Impact

Wood has historically been one of the most important sources of energy and is currently the second largest source of US renewable energy. But smoke from burning wood is a major cause for past and current world health problems. Should the US regulate renewable wood fuels?[read more]

Closing Clean Water Act Loophole Will Restore Drinking Water and Flood Protections for Millions

March 27, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Clean Water Act Loophole

Like millions of Americans, I love the water. I love to swim, boat and fish, as do many of my family and friends. We all recall swimming in dirty water; it wasn’t all that uncommon a few decades ago. I even recall being told I would need a hepatitis shot if I fell into the nearby river.[read more]

Making Oil-by-Rail Safer

March 24, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

The growth of North American oil production from unconventional sources has resulted in a dramatic expansion in the volume of crude oil shipped by rail. Unfortunately, as crude oil rail traffic has increased, so have rail accidents involving crude oil.[read more]