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EPA to start regulating GHG

So I finally finished my article about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to regulate under the Clean Air Act (CAA) greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources. This is very timely given that agency published its final rule yesterday (and my deadline is this week). Here’s a little bit of a snapshot of the GHG […]

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Climate Bill reactions

I am trying to wrap up my article on EPA’s GHG rule on stationary sources when I just saw on twitter that the EPA is expecting to announce its guidelines for that rule today. Aarrrrgh!! So while my article is in limbo, we’ll take a brief look on the newly introduced 1,000 page climate bill […]

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Want some toxic chemical info?

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just opened to public access to database on chemical hazard, exposure and toxicity data under their website called ToxRefDB (Toxicity Reference Database). Those interested in chemical toxicity can query a specific chemical and find all available public hazard, exposure, and risk-assessment data, as well as previously unpublished studies related […]

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Petroleum people are not anti-green

The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) reiterated yesterday that their members are not anti-green jobs or anti-clean energy, they just want Congress not to over-tax and over-regulate the domestic refining and petrochemical industry into extinction. NPRA president Charles Drevna presented the industry’s views yesterday at a hearing entitled “Clean Energy Policies That Reduce Our […]

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Battle of ethanol: Sugarcane vs Corn

The battle over corn-based and sugarcane-based ethanol — which one is cheaper? — has been brewing for weeks, and I’ve received emails and tweets last week about statements released from both camps: the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). RFA accused UNICA last week of making exaggerated and (in some […]

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Chemical reform debate is on!

The newly introduced “Safe Chemicals Act of 2010” by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), which aims to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 was the biggest news in the chemical industry yesterday. Senator Lautenberg chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health. Here are the highlights of the bill: Provides EPA […]

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Green money this week

I’m back from zombie land and now ready to blog again. This morning I had an interesting conversation with DSM spokesman Herman Betten and he promised to have some green goodies (news I mean) coming up next week so we’ll stay tune for that. Meanwhile, three companies came up with some nice green bucks the […]

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EPA moves in on BPA

This news is very timely given my article on Bisphenol-A published today on ICIS Chemical Business. Let’s go first to the EPA news before I discuss my article. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it plans to add BPA on its list of chemicals of concern, which will require its further testing […]

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Big Biofuel News

I was writing about DuPont Danisco’s big cellulosic ethanol news from last week when President Obama just announced the government’s plans to boost biofuels production in the USA. Coinciding with the speech is the announcement from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about its final ruling on the expanded Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2). Under RFS2, […]

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Sugar electricity in Brazil

General Electric and Brazilian petrochemical company Petrobras announced sugarcane-based ethanol is now, for the first time, being used in a gas turbine system to produce electricity at the Juiz de Fora Power Plant in Minas Gerais state. The natural gas plant has a capacity of 87 megawatts and uses two GE LM6000 gas turbines, one […]

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