Tag: Regulation

Colorado has an abandoned oil well problem. Now it’s asking drillers to pay up.

When oil and gas companies are done extracting from a well, they’re supposed to plug it and clean it up: This prevents both physical hazards to wildlife and the environment and also a potentially alarming volume of planet-warming methane pollution. However, it’s not uncommon for an oil company to disappear before doing so, leaving the […]

US flood risk is about to explode — but not for the reasons you think

Extreme flooding has struck almost every corner of the country over the past year, from rural areas in Tennessee and California to the Michigan suburbs and the streets of Brooklyn, New York. Floods have always been by far the most widespread and costliest weather disaster in the U.S., and they have only gotten worse as […]

How a $60 million bribery scandal helped Ohio pass the ‘worst energy policy in the country’

This story is published in collaboration with Belt Magazine. On a warm morning in July of 2020, FBI agents and local sheriff’s deputies converged on a farmhouse just outside the tiny town of Glenford in central Ohio. They led away a blue-eyed man wearing a gray Carhartt T-shirt and baggy jeans. He was heavy around […]

In an East Coast first, New Jersey will phase out diesel trucks

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection earlier this week adopted a rule to phase out diesel-powered trucks – meaning anything bigger than a delivery van – starting in 2025. Based on California’s Advanced Clean Trucks rule, or ACT, New Jersey’s policy will require between 40 to 75 percent of new truck sales in the […]

European regulators propose ‘dramatic’ new regulation for BPA

Scientists have known for decades that bisphenol A, or BPA, a plastic additive used in products like food storage containers and food can liners, is harmful to human health. And the mountain of science on the chemical is finally spurring tighter regulations in Europe. The European Food Safety Authority, or EFSA, proposed new safety standards […]

EPA cuts through the smog with the strongest-ever clean car standards

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, finalized new greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and trucks produced through model year 2026 on Monday, a move that will cut carbon emissions and air pollution and lay some of the groundwork for a transition to electric vehicles. The new standards arrive on the heels of West Virginia […]

Beyond reusing and recycling: How the US could actually reduce plastic production

A panel of experts last week made a simple, common-sense recommendation for dealing with the U.S.’s plastic pollution problem: Stop making so much plastic. “Not producing waste in the first place is the best thing you can do environmentally,” said Jenna Jambeck, a professor at the University of Georgia’s College of Engineering and a coauthor […]

Biden orders federal government to become carbon neutral by 2050

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday instructing federal agencies to become carbon-neutral by 2050. The order includes a set of concrete goals to help decarbonize the government’s operations, buildings, and vehicles, from carbon-free electricity by 2030, to the purchase of all zero-emission vehicles by 2035, to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from federal buildings […]

Interior’s new oil and gas leasing plan sidesteps climate action

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On the Friday after Thanksgiving — a day the federal government notoriously reserves for dropping politically inexpedient information — activists were blindsided by a long-anticipated report from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The document […]

Manchin and Cortez Masto kill chances of reforming outdated hardrock mining law

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Amid the recent skirmishes over revising the reconciliation bill, known as the Build Back Better Plan, lawmakers once again skipped a chance to reform the General Mining Law of 1872. Under this outdated law, hardrock […]