Voluntary Measures: An Inadequate Solution to a Pressing Problem
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its new “Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program,” a collection of voluntary measures aimed to reduce methane pollution from existing sources. In January, as part of its announced plan to reduce oil and gas industry methane emissions 40-45% by 2025, the Administration committed to issuing regulations for new
MATS Isn’t Dead Yet – An Assessment of the Supreme Court’s Michigan v. EPA decision
The death of EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule has been greatly exaggerated by the popular media following the Supreme Court’s ruling Monday in Michigan v. EPA]. In fact MATS is NOT dead, and only EPA’s initial decision that it is “appropriate and necessary” to regulate coal and oil-fired power plants is remanded […]
White House Wisely Rejects the “Categorical Carbon Neutrality” of Biomass—But What Now?
The White House Office of Management and Budget released a Statement of Policy this week detailing the many reasons why President Obama would veto H.R. 2822, a 2016 appropriations bill for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior put together by the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives. The White House […]
Five Actions EPA Should Take When Issuing Much-Needed Methane Pollution Standards
In January, EPA committed to a series of actions to reduce methane pollution, including setting nationwide methane standards for new and modified oil and gas equipment. Currently, there are no national limits on the amount of methane pollution that the oil and gas industry can release into the air. If you’re wondering why that’s a […]