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Monday, June 14, 2004
EPA Proposes to Approve Maryland SIP -
Maryland plan lowers offset thresholds and increases offset ratio
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Ozone Transport Commission Votes for Tighter NOx, SOx, and Hg Caps -
OTC resolution calls for NOx, SOx, and Hg caps that are much more stringent than EPA's CAIR.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Hawaii Adopts Renewable Portfolio Standard -
New Hawaii law mandates 20% of power be generated from renewables by 2020.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Emissions Trading Accomplishes Environmental Objectives -
Environmental Law Institute's Byron Swift concludes that emissions trading: does NOT promote hot spots; reduces pollutant concentrations; and encourages the largest sources to reduce emissions.
Monday, May 31, 2004
EPA Commences NOx SIP Call Enforcement Starting May 31 -
EPA will monitor and ensure compliance with emission allowance limitations applicable to sources in 19 state program.
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
New York Acid Rain Rules Struck Down -
Cap and trade and offset rules struck down by New York trial court on procedural grounds.
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Massachusetts Mandates Massive Mercury Reductions -
Massachusetts coal-fired power plants must reduce mercury by 95% by 2012.
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
EPA Issues CAIR Supplemental Proposal -
Clean Air Interstate Rule proposal augments January 30 rule affecting power plants in 28 states and the District of Columbia
Friday, May 14, 2004
Edison Electric Institute Has its Own Ideas on Mercury Emissions Trading -
EEI's mercury trading program would mandate greater reductions over a longer period of time.
Friday, May 14, 2004
Production Tax Credits Included in Senate Export Tax Bill -
Senate bill at least $18 billion which is substantially higher than $8-10 billion House bill
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
SCAQMD Proposes Sweeping RECLAIM Rule Amendments -
SCAQMD proposes RECLAIM amendments that will reduce RTC holdings for all sources through a BARCT adjustment and allow electric generators to trade with other RECLAIM sources.
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
New Source Review Briefs Filed -
States, environmental groups, and industry coalitions find problems with new NSR rules
Friday, May 07, 2004
Greenhouse Gas Lessons Learned and Predictions Offered by Businesses -
Attendees at the California Climate Action Registry conference affirm that greenhouse reductions make sense.
Thursday, May 06, 2004
Massachusetts Adopts Climate Protection Plan Featuring Emissions Trading -
Massachusetts greenhouse reduction plan mandates reduction to 1990 levels by 2010 and 10% reduction below 1990 levels by 2020.
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
2003 SO2 CO2 Power Plant Emissions Increase -
EPA data show 2003 SO2 and CO2 emissions increase 3.9% and 2%, respectively. NOx emissions decrease 5.6%.
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Connecticut Adopts Climate Protection Plan Featuring Emissions Trading -
Connecticut greenhouse reduction plan mandates reduction to 1990 levels by 2010 and 10% reduction below 1990 levels by 2020.
Thursday, April 15, 2004
447 Ozone Nonattainment Areas -
Areas failing the 8 hour standard more than double the number of areas that failed the 1 hour standard
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
New Source Review Lawsuit Moved for Dismissal -
Duke Energy on the verge of big win
Friday, April 09, 2004
San Joaquin Valley Going Extreme -
EPA rule downgrades San Joaquin Valley Air Basin and sets 2010 ozone attainment deadline
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Beaumont/Port Arthur Designated Serious Nonattainment Area for Ozone -
Beaumont/Port Arthur serious ozone redesignation is a downgrade from moderate.
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
New Greenhouse Gas Legislation Introduced by US House -
New legislation caps greenhouse gas emissions from four sectors and provides for trading.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
EPA Acid Rain Auction Results -
250,011 SO2 Allowances Sold at $50.1 Million in Annual EPA Auction
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
SCAQMD Settlements Result in RECLAIM Program Changes -
SCAQMD/CBE settlement provisions call for posting of more facility information on the internet and rapid reconciliation of RTC overages.
Friday, March 19, 2004
PROPOSED CHANGES TO RECLAIM PROGRAM -
The SCAQMD is proposing amendments to the RECLAIM rules.
Thursday, March 18, 2004
North Carolina Petitions EPA to Force 13 States to Clean Up Air -
North Carolina files a Section 126 petition seeking federal intervention on transboundary air pollution.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Industry to EPA: Hold Fast on NSR Reforms -
Forty-one trade associations express their support for blocked NSR rules
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Mercury Trading Rule Under Fire -
Critics decry the rule as too lenient while supporters say it will reduce mercury emissions by 70%.
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Mercury Public Comment Period Extended to April 30 -
EPA has extended by 30 days the public comment period on the mercury cap and trade rule.
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Heat Rises on Mercury Trading -
Supporters and opponents of EPA's new trading program clash in workshops in Philadelphia, Chicago, and RTP
Tuesday, March 09, 2004
SCAQMD Releases Annual RECLAIM Audit Report and Finds that All is Well -
$682 million in RTCs traded so far, $32 million in 2003, prices below backstop levels
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