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  • News & Media CATF Statement on EPA MATS Proposal Comments

    In comments filed late Wednesday, a coalition of Environmental, Public Health, and Civil Rights organizations have strongly opposed EPA’s proposal, 84 Fed. Reg. 2670 (Feb. 7, 2019), that it is not “appropriate” to regulate emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired electric generating units. The coalition states that EPA’s proposal

    April 18, 2019
  • Power Plants The Trump Administration Takes a Dangerous New Path in Proposing Changes to EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

    Among the casualties of conservative “principles” sacrificed to the crony capitalism evinced by the Trump Administration is that of using holistic cost-benefit analysis to help set environmental priorities.

    October 24, 2018
  • Power Plants Happy National Child Health Day?

    Assistant EPA Administrator Bill Wehrum announced to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee On September 27th that his Agency would soon be advancing an attempt to undermine the most successful air pollution reduction rules put in place by the Obama Administration – the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).

    October 9, 2018
  • Power Plants Administrator Pruitt Appoints Himself Judge, Jury and Executioner of the Clean Power Plan

    The Trump EPA’s proposed complete repeal of the Clean Power Plan represents a 180-degree turn from the position of the Obama Administration.

    October 13, 2017
  • Policy Not So Fast, Mr. Trump

    Donald Trump, accompanied by Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke, today signed a comprehensive and sweeping Executive Order purporting to roll back multiple final rules and Executive actions of his predecessor aimed at dealing with the climate and other environmental impacts of developing US coal and natural gas and oil. But even Administrator Pruitt will have […]

    March 28, 2017
  • Power Plants A Good Start for Massachusetts on Clean Energy, but Lots More to Do

    Massachusetts steps up to the climate challenge, embracing a technology neutral approach to its clean energy standard – but the Commonwealth can go further, and must to meet global warming solutions act requirements. Given rapidly changing federal policy on combating climate change, it is all the more important that states take the lead. The Commonwealth […]

    March 7, 2017
  • Power Plants Clean Power Plan Oral Arguments: After All That – Nothing New

    Seven grueling hours of questioning and debate later (not to mention overnight camping and hours of line-standing for those trying to attend), it can be said that the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals had studied the briefs carefully and yesterday drained dry the bottle containing all the Clean Power Plan arguments and found no dregs […]

    September 28, 2016
  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy Alive and Well and Doing Better than Ever! — A Boundary Dam Update

    Nine months ago on these pages, I reported that the Boundary Dam retrofit carbon capture project in Sasketchewan Canada not only was working to keep literally hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, but was controlling 13 percent more of that climate pollution than would be required of a new […]

    August 11, 2016