Environmental Management

Air Quality Impacts from Natural Gas Extraction and Combustion

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EPRI performed a review of air quality issues related to natural gas extraction and combustion in 2011–2012. This review focused on both traditional pollutants (such as particulate matter and volatile organic compounds) and emerging air pollutants (such as ultrafine particle number) that are being considered in air quality management processes. This article summarizes the major topics and conclusions from this review....

Gas Power Fights Uphill Battle in China

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Soon to become the world’s largest electricity market, China is also looking to ease its reliance on coal by shifting toward renewables and natural gas. But an array of roadblocks stand in the way of gas becoming a major element of the mix. ...

The Effect of Shale Gas on Power Generation in New England

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Generators in New England were burned in the 2000s when a fleet of new gas turbine plants couldn’t compete because of high fuel prices. But what goes around comes around, and these same plants are now pushing out oil and coal thanks to cheap shale gas and favorable regulations. ...

With the Gas, the Flow of Fracking Litigation Continues

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Few industrial innovations are free of litigation, and fracking is no exception. In this update from last year’s review of litigation trends, favorable early results for explorers and developers suggest cautious optimism may be in order for the natural gas industry....

EIA: U.S. Power Sector SO2, NOx Emissions Lowest Since 1990

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Power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the U.S. declined to their lowest level since 1990, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said last week....

Obama Nominees—McCarthy for EPA, Moniz for DOE, and Jewell for DOI—Face Tough Confirmation Hearings

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President Obama this week nominated Gina McCarthy, the current assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation, to head the EPA. He also nominated Dr. Ernest Moniz, currently a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for secretary of energy. Both are expected to face a difficult confirmation process....

China Looks to Curb Carbon Emissions by Diversifying Power Portfolio

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China will reduce the nation's carbon emissions and energy use per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by at least 3.7% this year and perform trials for a carbon-trading program, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said in a report on Tuesday. The country would also make "greater efforts to conserve energy" and "reduce the discharge of major pollutants," it's top economic planner said....

Gates Calls for Increased Spending on Energy Research, Renewed Focus on Nuclear

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Bill Gates didn’t mince words last night when sharing with the IHS CERAWeek crowd his thoughts about public support for basic scientific research in the United States....

Four Major EPA Air and Water Rules Forthcoming Through May, Agency Schedule Shows

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates final regulations curbing greenhouse gas (GHG), mercury, and air toxics emissions from new sources could appear in the Federal Register over the next six weeks. Also forthcoming are final cooling water intake rules and proposed effluent guidelines. The coal ash rule, which has no target date for a final rule, may not be issued this year, the agency said....

Democrats Seek Feedback on Newly Proposed Carbon Fee for Emission Sources

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A new draft carbon-pricing bill that solicits feedback on how much industrial sources burning fossil fuels should pay per ton of carbon dioxide emitted was released by a bicameral group of Democrats on Tuesday. The bill diverges from a previously introduced measure to levy carbon taxes at the point of production or sale of a fossil fuel and applies instead at the “point of emissions”—which includes coal, oil, and natural gas generators....

Nero Stella Shines In Sian's Moregeous Kitchen

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Black is today's most popular worktop choice, because it goes with any kitchen style, rustic or contemporary, complements any cabinet colour and décor, and introduces a sophisticated, yet inviting note. Talented interior designer and property developer, Sian Astley, chose Granite Transformations' diamond-polished work surface Nero Stella, a slightly sparkling deep black finish, to set off a tra... Posted via Industry Today. Are you into it? Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday

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