New List of Plants Used to Help Determine Wetland Areas AdoptedJune 4, 2012
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has published an updated list of plants used by federal and state agencies in delineating wetland areas under several environmental laws and programs.
White House Begins Review of Revised Boiler MACTJune 1, 2012
The EPA has completed its work on a final reconsideration of emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers, and the rule is now undergoing review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) - the final procedural hurdle that remains before the rule can be promulgated.
PSC Approves CapX2020June 1, 2012
The state Public Service Commission voted to issue a certificate of need for a 345-kilovolt transmission line that will span a 48-mile stretch between Alma, WI, and Holmen, WI. The approval is the final portion of a $2 billion, 700-mile series of 345-kilovolt transmission lines, starting in the Dakotas, known as CapX2020.
Environmental Groups Press EPA to Regulate Carbon Dioxide From Existing Power PlantsJune 1, 2012
On May 24 the EPA held public hearings on its proposed rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. Bloomberg BNA's coverage of the event, written by Andrew Childers, provides insight into the wide-ranging opinions represented at the hearings in Washington DC and Chicago.
Study Finds New Facilities Will Not Achieve Proposed CO2 StandardJune 1, 2012
A new study by the University of California Center for Energy and Environmental Economics (UCE3) examining the stringency of the EPA’s proposed CO2 performance standard for new electric generating units (EGUs) found that nearly 30 percent of the natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) facilities planned to be built through 2017 would fail to achieve the proposed standard despite the fact that these facilities employ the latest technology and are not burning coal.