Carbon Dioxide Recovery and Use
January 4, 2010 04:40 PM - Andy Soos, ENN

The Middle East's first carbon dioxide recovery plant has been opened at the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company. This is also one of the first in the world to successfully recycle carbon dioxide air emissions. The $55 million facility at the company's Sitra facility was formally inaugurated by GPIC chairman and adviser to the Prime Minister for oil and industrial affairs Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, in the presence of board members, company officials and guests.

Colombia: Galeras volcano erupts again
January 3, 2010 08:36 AM - ENN Based on Reuters and volcanolive.com

The Galeras volcano in southern Colombia erupted on Saturday, shooting rock and ash and prompting authorities to order the evacuation of about 8,000 people. No one was killed or injured in the eruption. But officials warned that the volcano could remain volatile.

The Lawyers Win in Global Warming
December 28, 2009 09:31 AM - Andy Soos, ENN

Carbon dioxide air emissions is one of the big issues in global warming debate. However Before you start controlling by putting the carbon in the ground, you first have to put lawyers in a room to argue. After a year that saw billions of dollars in spent around a variety of carbon capture and storage pilot projects, the focus in 2010 will shift from press conferences and engineering discussion to court cases and conference tables.

EPA Updates Mobile Source Emissions Model
December 27, 2009 01:31 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The US EPA is the source of most air quality impact assessment models used in the US for regulatory purposes, such as predicting the potential impacts from proposed stationary sources of air pollutants and mobile sources such as motor vehicles. Since motor vehicle emissions vary with regulatory changes in required emission level, it is important that impact modeling be performed with the most up-to-date models. EPA recently announced that an updated version of the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) model – MOVES2010 – is now available for use to estimate air pollution from cars, trucks, and other on-road mobile sources. The model can also calculate the emissions reduction benefits from a range of mobile source control strategies, such as inspection and maintenance programs and local fuel standards.

The Internet is Becoming a Great Place to Check on the Environmental Status of Facilities
December 26, 2009 10:42 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The Internet is becoming a great tool for getting information on facilities that are emitting air pollution, discharging water pollution, and generating hazardous wastes. In the past, this information was difficult for the public to access, and in some cases either was not made available to the public, or required a Freedom of Information Act filing to obtain. This is changing as more states and the federal government is making this information available on line. The latest effort comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which has released enforcement results for fiscal year 2009, and has developed a new Web-based tool and interactive map that allows the public to get detailed information by location about the enforcement actions taken at approximately 4,600 facilities.

Obama Frustrated with Outcome of Copenhagen Climate Talks
December 25, 2009 10:47 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

Despite near instantaneous condemnation of his role in the culmination of the COP15 climate negotiations last week, president Obama voiced his frustration over the course those negotiations took and accord that resulted from them. Speaking with Jim Lehrer on Wednesday, president Obama said that "people are justified in being disappointed about the outcome in Copenhagen."

EPA Curbs Ship Emissions
December 24, 2009 12:04 PM - Andy Soos, ENN

The US EPA has finalized a rule setting tough engine fuel standards for large US flagged ships, a major milestone in the agency's coordinated strategy to slash harmful marine diesel emissions. The regulation harmonizes with international standards and will lead to significant air quality improvements throughout the country. "There are enormous health and environmental consequences that come from marine diesel emissions, affecting both port cities and communities hundreds of miles inland. Stronger standards will help make large ships cleaner and more efficient, and protect millions of Americans from harmful diesel emissions," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Port communities have identified diesel emissions as one of the greatest health threats facing their people especially their children. These new rules mark a step forward in cutting dangerous pollution in the air we breathe and reducing the harm to our health, our environment, and our economy."

Netherlands Advances Plan to Tax Miles Driven
December 24, 2009 06:59 AM - Dutch News.NL

The Netherlands is set to become the first country in Europe to replace road tax with a kilometer charge for all motorists, over 10 years since the idea was first put forward. If the legislation is passed by parliament, motorists will start paying tax on every kilometer they drive, which the government hopes will reduce traffic jams and pollution.

Avatar and the Fight To Live
December 23, 2009 03:59 PM - Andy Soos, ENN

In James Cameron's newest film Avatar an alien tribe on a distant planet fights to save their forest home from human invaders bent on mining the planet. The natives win because the planet literally fights off the invaders and not just the native defenders. For decades real indigenous tribes around the world have faced off with corporations determined to exploit their land. These corporations, much like the company in the film, usually have support from the government and access to armed security forces. Yet unlike the film, in which the natives triumph over the invaders, the real life stories of indigenous tribes rarely end with victory.

Duke Energy Resolves Clean Air Act Violations
December 23, 2009 06:15 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The US EPA and Duke Energy have reached a settlement in another New Source Review enforcement action. Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the nation, will spend approximately $85 million to significantly reduce harmful air pollution at an Indiana power plant and pay a $1.75 million civil penalty, under a settlement to resolve violations of federal clean air laws, the Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The settlement also requires Duke to spend $6.25 million on environmental mitigation projects. The agreement, filed in federal court in Indianapolis, resolves violations of the Clean Air Act’s new source review requirements found at the company’s Gallagher coal-fired power plant in New Albany, Ind., located directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky.

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