EPA Delayed on Proposed ELG Revisions for Steam Power Plants

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 09 Jul 2019 22:26:26 +0000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is behind on its proposed revisions to the Obama administration’s effluent limitations guidelines (ELGs) for steam electric power plants.  In an e-mail to POWER on July 9, the EPA confirmed that the agency was still “working expeditiously” to complete the proposed rule, and it has yet to submit it to […]

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EPA Urges States to Submit CCR Programs Even as Coal Ash Regulatory Overhaul Continues

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2019 12:48:02 +0000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 24 proposed to partially approve Georgia’s permit program for the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR). As it did so, it gave other states some advice: Follow Georgia’s lead and assume oversight of coal ash that power plants dispose within your borders. The preliminary approval marks another important […]

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Energy Infrastructure on Tenuous Winning Streak in the Courts

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:47:26 +0000

Federal courts have been pretty kind to energy infrastructure in recent weeks, particularly in cases involving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For starters, this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit removed one of the hurdles to construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The court decided that a new presidential permit—issued […]

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EPA Finalizes ACE Rule, Replaces Clean Power Plan

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:23:20 +0000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to formally replace the Obama administration’s controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP).  Like the CPP, the ACE rule will regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs), and it will be founded firmly on the agency’s 2009 Endangerment Finding. However, the ACE rule focuses on the nation’s […]

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Dispute Flares About Equipment at Abandoned V.C. Summer Nuclear Project

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 16 May 2019 13:24:22 +0000

The fight about who owns equipment at the now-abandoned V.C. Summer 2 and 3 AP1000 reactors in South Carolina intensified on May 14, as key stakeholder Santee Cooper sued lead contractor Westinghouse for certification documentation related to that equipment.  The lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division, […]

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EPA Will Issue Final Carbon Rules for Power Plants in June

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 07 May 2019 13:49:09 +0000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to take final action to repeal the Clean Power Plan in June 2019, a federal court filing shows. The agency told the D.C. Circuit—in a May 6 status report—review of the Obama-era rule that sets the first carbon dioxide limits for existing power plants “continues to be a high […]

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SC suspends work in NCR, C. Luzon courts

Credit to Author: ggaviola| Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2019 23:07:26 +0000

SC suspends work in NCR, C. Luzon courts

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has suspended work in all courts in Metro Manila and Central Luzon on Tuesday, following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that rocked parts of Luzon last Monday.

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Federal Court Vacates Parts of Obama EPA’s ELG Rule 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:06:55 +0000

In a legal victory for environmental groups, a federal court has vacated key portions of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) November 2015–promulgated effluent limitations guidelines (ELGs) for steam electric power plants, deeming them “unlawful.”  The decision adds a dramatic new element of uncertainty for the rule’s timeline, which the Trump administration has said it expects […]

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Nuclear Subsidy Dispute Now Rests with FERC, Competitive Generators Say 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:41:28 +0000

The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to reconsider industry-led challenges to state nuclear subsidy programs in New York and Illinois leaves the contentious matter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  The high court on April 15 declined to accept petitions for review of decisions by the Second Circuit and Seventh Circuit, dealing a major blow […]

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POWER Notebook: First Order for Novel Gas Turbine; Three Mile Island Accident Turns 40; PG&E Pushes Back on Judge’s Proposal

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 01:26:11 +0000

Siemens, Three Mile Island, and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) made notable headlines over recent days. Here is this week’s POWER notebook.  Siemens Bags First Order for 41-MW Aeroderivative Gas Unit Siemens on March 25 said it received its first order for its newest aeroderivative gas turbine offering—the SGT-A45. The buyer, Bayat Power, a subsidiary […]

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