Energy & Environment Update – November 2015 #3

Washington Landmarks Begin To Re-Open As Government Shutdown Ends

With the November 20 deadline looming, Congress will focus much of this week on the surface transportation bill as House and Senate conferees try to quickly negotiate differences on H.R. 22 and enact the first multi-year highway authorization law since 2012.

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On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency submitted a draft final rule for review to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

EPA Updates UST Rules

Gasoline Prices Spike As Crude Oil Prices Surge

EPA has issued a final rule applicable to new and existing underground storage tanks. The rule is the first significant amendment to EPA’s 1988 UST regulations.

Energy-Related Legislation Moves Forward

President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address

A flurry of energy-related legislation moved forward over the past week, including several measures aimed at overturning controversial rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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The fourth meeting of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation (the Bilateral Commission) was held on November 4, 2015, in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and Japan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Shinsuke Sugiyama leading the discussions as Co-Chairs.  The delegations included participants representing a wide range of… Keep reading →

Tankers Leave Oil Refineries As Strike Action Looms

To a large degree, cleaner air in the United States results from innovations and improvements in transportation fuels over the past four decades. This is important, because the freedom to travel has been ingrained in the American psyche since the days when waves of westward migration began spanning the continent. Today, Americans are used to… Keep reading →

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Clean energy investment rose 25% in the U.S. during the third quarter; total investment surged to $13.4 billion. [Forbes] In an exclusive interview, former EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman said the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is “the most flexible thing,” the agency has ever done. [Think Progress] Husky Energy announced its job cuts this year… Keep reading →

The EPA Proposes Stricter Standards For Smog Limit

On October 1, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final rule to update the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone by strengthening primary and secondary ozone standards, changing monitoring requirements, and updating the Air Quality Index (AQI) to inform the public of unhealthy air. The controversial rule updates the… Keep reading →

Hurricane Katrina Aftermath - Day 15

People often think of the energy sector as a great place to find jobs, but some of the best, most stable job opportunities in the sector aren’t what you’d think. They’re not dedicated to resource production, but to minimizing the millions of tons of natural gas and associated pollution that leaks as the product is… Keep reading →


While much of the focus on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan relates to its impact on utilities and other energy providers, manufacturers and other large electricity consumers are understandably concerned about the CPP’s impact on their electricity bill.

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