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March 3, 2016

‘Don’t sweat it’ on Clean Power Plan — McCarthy

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-03 06:40:53

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today said the recent Supreme Court decision to stay the Clean Power Plan “in no way” signals it is not legally defensible and will not “in the end win.” “It will continue, it will survive, it will be litigated on its merits as we know everything EPA does is. So if this is the first time you’ve been involved in looking at EPA in terms of the courts, don’t sweat it. … We do really well, and we’re going to do great here,” she told a packed room at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, summit in suburban Maryland. [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind Projects in US See Renewed Interest

By Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-03-03 06:41:21

The offshore wind industry has high hopes for establishing a permanent beachhead in the U.S. after years of disappointment. Business leaders and politicians who gathered for an industry conference in Boston earlier this week said wealthy investment firms and seasoned European offshore wind companies are increasingly committing to projects along the East Coast. That, they said, is evidence a domestic industry dreamed about for nearly two decades is finally on its way. [ read more … ]

Years of work remain on tardy toxics reviews — EPA official

Sean Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-03 06:41:51

The standoff is among the latest in a long-running series of court clashes over EPA’s handling of the air toxics review mandates set by the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. The law sets out 189 pollutants to be regulated; after establishing emissions standards for major sources based on what is known as “maximum achievable control technology,” the agency is then supposed to follow up with another review within eight years to determine both whether the technology has improved and whether any “residual risk” remains to public health, according to court filings. [ read more … ]

New BLM mitigation aims to promote development in energy zones

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-03 06:42:13

The Obama administration has taken a major step toward developing commercial-scale solar projects in specially designated zones in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management today announced that it has completed regional mitigation strategies for four formally designated solar energy zones (SEZs) covering 25,000 acres for the Dry Lake Valley North SEZ in southeast Nevada and 8,500 acres for three other SEZs in Arizona. In addition, BLM unveiled a draft regional mitigation strategy for three SEZs covering about 33,200 acres of federal lands in the solar-resource-rich San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. [ read more … ]

Comments on Wash. draft rule reveal variety of concerns

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-03 06:42:34

Public comments about a Washington state proposal to control greenhouse gases may give a clue to the changes that state officials will make to the regulations that it withdrew last week. Gov. Jay Inslee’s (D) Department of Ecology received a wide variety of feedback from private companies, utilities and environmental groups between proposing its Clean Air Rule on Jan. 5 and withdrawing it Friday. Agency staff suggested that the comments influenced their decision to replace the draft rule with a new one in the spring. [ read more … ]

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