In the news today…
- Inside EPA reports the nearly month-long shutdown of EPA and other agencies is hampering the agency’s ability to comply with a host of looming statutory deadlines that Congress set in the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), raising the stakes that officials will miss targets to assess chemicals, complete rulemakings or approve new chemical uses.
- Power Engineering Magazine reports Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon is looking at at least three potential sites for the experimental coal-generating plant he wants to build in the state. Gordon has asked state lawmakers for $10 million to build a 5-megawatt plant that would be capable of capturing at least 75 percent of its carbon emissions.
- CNN reports renewable energy, led by solar and wind, is projected to be the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity generation for at least the next two years, as coal continues to rapidly decline, according to a report published Friday by the DOE.
- Reuters reports the German government wants to extend beyond 2020 CO2-related compensation for companies that are heavy energy consumers as Europe’s largest economy shifts towards renewables.
- Reuters reports China has become a key backer for coal-fired power globally, funding more than a quarter of all new plants being developed outside its borders even as it clamps down on the polluting fuel at home, a study published on Tuesday said.