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Bigham R.,Pollution Engineering
Pollution Engineering | Year: 2010

California air regulators voted unanimously to toughen what were already the nation's toughest standards for renewable energy by increasing the requirement to supply energy produced from renewable sources to 33% within a decade. Governor Schwarzenegger is in favor of the increased demand as a way to meet the 2006 global warming law requirements to lower greenhouse gas production for the state. The new rule would permit utilities to purchase renewable energy credits from outside the state to meet the 33% requirement. Currently, utilities must supply all of the energy production within the state to meet the 20% demand. Source


Fisher S.,Pollution Engineering
Pollution Engineering | Year: 2010

The EPA has submitted its final rule in the Federal Register promulgating significant new use rules under section 5(a)(2) of the TSCA for 25 chemical substances, including formaldehyde and benzoic acid, which were the subject of premanufacture notices. This action requires persons who intend to manufacture, import, or process any of these 25 chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify the agency at least 90 days before commencing that activity. Source


Fisher S.,Pollution Engineering
Pollution Engineering | Year: 2010

The EPA has issued voluntary information requests to nine natural gas service companies regarding the process known as hydraulic fracturing. The agency is seeking information to determine whether hydraulic fracturing has an impact on drinking water and the public health of Americans living in the vicinity of hydraulic fracturing wells. The EPA has requested the information be provided on a voluntary basis within 30 days, and has asked companies to respond within seven days to inform the agency whether they will provide all of the information sought. The initial results of the study will be announced in late 2012. The EPA will identify additional information for industry to provide - including information on fluid disposal practices and geological features - that will help the agency carry out the study. Source


Bigham R.,Pollution Engineering
Pollution Engineering | Year: 2010

Dr. Samantha Joye, professor of marine sciences at the University of Georgia, has discovered layers of oil deposits that have escaped the BP blown out well. These oil deposits appeared to be flocculated. While many of the deposits they encountered were millimeters in thickness, when they dropped a multicorer into a valley formation that could be a natural collection point for sediments about 16 nautical mi from the wellhead, they recovered samples with up to nearly 3 cm of the fluffy oily deposits. Source


Fisher S.,Pollution Engineering
Pollution Engineering | Year: 2010

The EPA announced its final revisions to the agency's procedures for developing Enforceable Consent Agreements (ECA) to produce test data under the TSCA. The main features of the ECA process that the EPA is changing include when and how to initiate negotiations and inserting a firm deadline at which negotiations will terminate. The EPA is also deleting, modifying, or consolidating several sections of 40 CFR part 790 to place the ECA provisions in one section and the Interagency Testing Committee provisions in a separate section, to make it clearer that there is one ECA negotiation procedure applicable to all circumstances when an ECA would be appropriate, and to make conforming changes in other sections that reference the ECA procedures. The final rule takes effect on 10/18/2010. Source

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