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April 21, 2014 0

Permit Appeal May Affect Underground Injection of Fracking Wastewater

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On March 14, residents and officials in Brady Township, Pennsylvania, appealed an underground injection control (UIC) permit issued by U.S. EPA to Windfall Oil and Gas, permitting disposal of oil and gas wastewater by underground injection.  The Petitioners assert that the UIC permit is invalid because the permit and its conditions are inadequate to ensure [...]

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April 14, 2014 0

OSHA Inspectors Set High Beams on Auto Parts Manufacturers in the Southeast

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If you are a motor vehicle parts manufacturer within Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, your probability of undergoing a comprehensive on-site Federal OSHA safety inspection within the next two years is virtually certain, according to the recently launched OSHA Region IV “Regional Emphasis Program for Safety in the Auto Parts Industry” (REP).  The program, announced earlier [...]

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April 11, 2014 0

EPA Environmental Appeals Board Rejects Challenge to GHG Permit Limits

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Sierra Club challenged as insufficient the permit limits for greenhouse gases (GHGs) imposed by EPA in a permit for a new natural gas-fired power plant issued for the La Paloma Energy Center. In re:  La Paloma Energy Center.  On March 14, EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) rejected Sierra Club’s challenge, and affirmed EPA’s use of [...]

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April 4, 2014 0

Georgia Public Service Commission Approves Final RFP Documents for 495 MW Solar Energy Purchase by Georgia Power

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On Tuesday, April 1, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved the RFP documents for Georgia Power’s purchase of 495 MW of solar energy from new projects to be constructed over the next 3 years (the ASI and ASI-Prime programs). Georgia Power released the bid form at 12:00 noon on April 2. The posting of the [...]

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March 27, 2014 0

Proposed Changes to the Clean Water Act

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday issued a proposal, clarifying key exemptions and directions under the Clean Water Act.  The proposal is said to provide greater protections for seasonal and rain-dependent streams as well as wetlands near rivers and streams. Protection of other waters having more uncertain [...]

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March 21, 2014 0

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard Gets an Update: Is Your Business Impacted?

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By at least the summer of 2016, over 5 million workplaces and 43 million employees in the United States will be impacted by the newly revised federal Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard, the law governing employee warnings concerning the potential for hazardous chemical exposure.  In March 2012, OSHA, the agency charged with enforcement of worker health [...]

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March 13, 2014 0

EPA Unveils Tool for States to Calculate Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs

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Many states have implemented, or are considering, legislative or regulatory efforts to incentivize implementation of energy efficiency programs and renewable energy (EE/RE).  States have sought guidance from EPA on assessing the pollution benefits of such programs—reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2).  The reduction of NOx and SO2 is relevant [...]

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March 13, 2014 0

Emory University Working to Eliminate Styrofoam Products from Campus

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SGR client Emory University continues taking major steps toward its goal of eliminating waste.  It announced yesterday that it will eliminate the use of Styrofoam on its campus.  Click here for complete article.

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March 6, 2014 1

EPA Issues Statement Stating it is “On Track” to Issue Greenhouse Gas Rule for Existing Power Plants

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The EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, stated on February 10 that it is “on track” to issue a proposed carbon dioxide emission standard for existing power plants in June of 2014.  According to the EPA, generation of electricity is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for approximately 33% of carbon dioxide emissions in [...]

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March 4, 2014 0

Georgia Governor Deal Praises Supreme Court’s Decision in the Georgia/Florida Water Wars

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to seek input from the U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli before allowing Florida to move forward with its water-related lawsuit against Georgia. “Florida’s previous unsuccessful lawsuits cost both states millions of dollars and obstructed meaningful natural resource planning for more than 20 years,” Deal [...]

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