THE BIG PICTURE: EPA Regulatory Roundup

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 01 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000

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Over its 50-year history, several rules issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have reshaped the power sector. But for at least a few modern rules, the road has been full of turns. Notes: CAA = Clean Air Act; BSER = best system of emission reduction; CO2 = carbon dioxide; GHG = greenhouse gases; […]

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EPA Changes Closure Requirements in Coal Ash Rule

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 13:12:50 +0000

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 29 finalized several changes to the regulations for disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs), or coal ash, from electric utilities. The changes include giving utilities more time to design clean-up and closure plans for their coal ash storage sites. The changes stem from an opinion issued Aug. […]

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Judge Approves PG&E Bankruptcy Exit

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2020 18:28:13 +0000

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A federal judge in California has approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan to exit bankruptcy, clearing the way for the utility to compensate victims of a series of wildfires in the state that left more than 100 people dead in 2017 and 2018.  The action by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali on June 20 authorized […]

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Exelon’s Peach Bottom Nuclear Plant Licensed for 80 Years—Will It Make It?

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:31:18 +0000

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) granted a 20-year license extension for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Units 2 and 3. The extension authorizes the two reactors—both of which began commercial operation in 1974—to continue operating through 2054. “We are pleased with the NRC’s decision to grant a subsequent license renewal for Peach Bottom Units […]

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9th Circuit Court Rules Against Young Plaintiffs In Landmark Climate Suit

Credit to Author: Steve Hanley| Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:40:39 +0000

Our Children's Trust T ShirtIn 2015, a group of young Americans, some of them only 7 or 8 years old, sued the United States government, claiming the federal government “through its affirmative actions in creating a national energy system that causes climate change, is depriving them of their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, and has failed to protect essential public trust resources.” That’s according to Our Children’s Trust, which is sponsoring the suit. The “public trust” theory was first conceived by OCT attorney Julia Olson

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Mixed Reactions to FERC’s Recent MOPR Order from Power Generators

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2019 16:27:40 +0000

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On Dec. 19, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directed PJM Interconnection to dramatically expand its Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) to nearly all state-subsidized capacity resources. It’s the latest of a series of dramatic revisions to the grid operator’s rule, which essentially functions to provide a minimum offer screening process to bar new market […]

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EPA Overrides Subpart D in Newly Proposed Federal Coal Ash Permitting Rule

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2019 16:13:04 +0000

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Only “high hazard” CCR units will be subject to immediate compliance deadlines under a newly proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that revises federal permit requirements for the management of coal combustion residuals (CCRs) at power plants. If finalized, the rule will apply to all coal facilities in Indian country and the 48 U.S. states […]

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Hitachi Exiting MHPS; MHI Will be Venture’s Sole Owner

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2019 18:43:32 +0000

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Japanese technology conglomerate Hitachi will withdraw from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), a joint venture it established in 2014 with another power equipment giant, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), over a dispute stemming from construction of two massive defect-ridden coal plants in South Africa. Under a Dec. 18-announced settlement reached by MHI and Hitachi, Hitachi will […]

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EPA Reinterprets ‘Ambient Air,’ Further Tweaks New Source Review 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:49:52 +0000

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a change to a long-standing policy interpreting “ambient air”—a foundational concept under the Clean Air Act that applies to all types of air pollution, from ground-level ozone, particulate matter, and greenhouse gases. While the agency framed the change as part of a suite of actions to reform New Source […]

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EPA Proposes Revisions to Two Obama-Era Rules: Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Coal Ash

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 04 Nov 2019 21:45:51 +0000

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued long-awaited proposed revisions of two 2015 Obama-era rules that apply to effluent limitations guidelines (ELGs) for steam electric power plants and coal combustion residuals (CCR) management by electric utilities.  The agency coordinated the release of the two related revisions, which apply overwhelmingly to coal-fired steam power plants, after […]

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