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EPA Issues New Regulations Governing Air Emissions Generated by Oil, Gas Activities

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EPA’s new rules will govern methane emissions from new oil and gas industry operation sources, with regulations for existing sources on the horizon. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Clean Air, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Regulation, Greenhouse Gases, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas, Public Policy

New Michigan Underground Storage Tank Fund Helps Owners Comply With Release Requirements

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Underground storage tank owners and operators can apply for funds to help pay cleanup costs for release of materials into environment. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Environmental Liability, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Regulation, Underground Storage Tanks (UST)

Incentives can cut Energy use During Peak Periods

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United States Supreme Court upholds rule allowing energy users to be paid for not using energy during peak times. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Energy, Public Policy

Report Measures Impact of Renewable Portfolio Standard

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Michigan's Legislators should consider the increasingly positive business case for supporting the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard before acting to roll it back or eliminate it outright. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Clean Air, Clean Water, Climate Change, Energy, Environmental Legislation, Greenhouse Gases, Public Policy, Renewable Energy, Sustainability

FAST Act Could Provide About $1 Billion a Year to Michigan

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President Obama signs legislation to fund significant infrastructure investments, which translates to big benefits for Michigan roads. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Infrastructure, Transportation

EPA Seeks to Stiffen Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

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Upwind states will have to control ground level ozone inducing air emissions to help downwind states comply with the Clean Air Act. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Clean Air, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Regulation

Michigan, Neighboring Governments Work to Reduce Lake Erie Pollution

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Michigan, Ohio and Ontario work together to stop emission of contaminants that feed algae blooms in Lake Erie. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Clean Water, MDEQ, Waste Water

Supreme Court May Need to Wade Into 'Water of the United States' Rule

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Federal appellate court blocks EPA’s rule defining “Waters of the United States” for the purposes of the Clean Water Act. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Environmental Legislation, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Regulation

EPA Ordered to Tighten Ballast Water Discharge Permits

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EPA must strengthen rule controlling introduction of invasive species into US waters through ballast discharge. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Regulation, Great Lakes, Waste Water
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