This post is part of our ongoing series on the Clean Power Plan. Each report focuses on a different aspect of the administration’s Clean Power Plan rule and its impact on the energy sector. For more information on how your facility may be affected by the new rule, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at … Continue reading "Clean Power Plan Spotlight: State Plans"
Continuing what has been a steady march towards tighter air regulations on upstream and midstream facilities, on August 17, the EPA released two proposed rules that address fugitive emissions from oil and gas production and transmission sites as well as a new federal plan for wells in Indian Country. While the new requirements come as … Continue reading "EPA Targets Methane from Production and Transmission Sites in Latest Round of Proposed Rules"
This post is part of our ongoing series on the Clean Power Plan. Each report focuses on a different aspect of the administration’s Clean Power Plan rule and its impact on the energy sector. For more information on how your facility may be affected by the new rule, please contact us at email@example.com or at … Continue reading "Clean Power Plan Spotlight: Emission Performance Rates and State Emission Goals"
Yesterday, one year and 4.3 million comments after the EPA proposed the first nationwide carbon limits for existing fossil-fuel power plants, the agency released the final rule of the Clean Power Plan (the “CPP”), the capstone to the administration’s climate change initiatives. Over the next two weeks we will be providing in-depth analysis of each … Continue reading "EPA Looks to Strength Legal Footing, Returns Focus to Direct Sources in New Clean Power Plan Rule"
The Cross State Air Pollution Rule (“CSAPR”) has once again survived a legal challenge. However, unlike the 2014 Supreme Court ruling, the latest court decision will require a major restructuring of how the rule is implemented. On July 28, the D.C. Circuit Court found that the EPA was too heavy-handed in setting its SO2 and … Continue reading "Court Rules CSAPR Emission Limits Excessive but Still Must Be Followed Until EPA Revisions Are Made"
eSPARC Notes: The ISO 14001 standard, known as the international standard for environmental management, is a process-based system adopted to enable the inclusion of environmental considerations into an organization’s decision making process. The new ISO 14001:2015 standard requires organizations to adopt a more holistic approach to environmental management, one that takes into account external factors, … Continue reading "ISO 14001:2015 and Environmentally Conscious Management"
eSPARC NOTES: On June 29, the Supreme Court held that the EPA must consider costs when deciding to regulate existing electrical utility steam generating units (EGUs) for hazardous air emissions. The case before the court arose from the EPA’s 2012 Mercury and Air Toxic rule, in which the agency openly omitted costs from its decision … Continue reading "Costs Count: Supreme Court Rules EPA Required to Consider Costs in Listing HAP Sources"
eSPARC sponsored its first summer intern during the Summer of 2014. Miss Betty Molinier contributed to a number of projects including wastewater permitting; air, water, and waste regulatory analyses; biological assessments; data review and management for air dispersion modeling projects; compliance history reviews; and waste management unit closures. “My experience at eSPARC has taught … Continue reading "Summer Internship Program"
During Fall Semester 2014, Florence Rodriguez, an environmental associate at eSPARC, volunteered her time to serve as an Independent Study Mentor (ISM) for Clear Lake High School senior, Lauren Johnson. As part of the requirements for the program, Florence spent two hours a week with Lauren in the office teaching her the basics of Air … Continue reading "eSPARC participates in Clear Lake High School Individual Study Mentorship (ISM) Program."