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GHG REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR FOUR EMISSIONS SOURCES
OIL-SKIMMING SUPERTANKER TESTED
GHG Reporting Requirements for Four Emissions Sources
June 30, 2010
The EPA is finalizing requirements under its national mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting program for underground coal mines, industrial wastewater treatment systems, industrial waste landfills and magnesium production facilities. These source categories will begin collecting emissions data on Jan. 1, 2011, with the first annual reports submitted to the EPA on March 31, 2012.
Methane is the primary GHG emitted from coal mines, industrial wastewater treatment systems and industrial landfills and is more than 20 times as potent as carbon dioxide at warming the atmosphere. The main fluorinated GHG emitted from magnesium production is sulfur hexafluoride, which has an even greater warming potential than methane, and can stay in the atmosphere for thousands of years.
More information on the final rule to add reporting requirements for four source categories is available at www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/remaining-source-categories.html.
Oil-Skimming Supertanker Tested
July 2, 2010
A 1,100-foot long supertanker that was converted to the world's largest oil skimmer will be tested on Saturday, July 3, 2010. Supertankers are known for their capacity to haul large volumes of oil across the oceans. The ship is being called A Whale nd is owned by TMT shipping out of Taiwan.
The conversion is expected to create a machine capable of skimming up to 500,000 barrels (at 42 gallons per barrel that is 21 million gallons) of oil from the surface of the ocean waters.
The tests will last 48 hours the Coastguard will oversee the activity. The company hopes the test will result in a contract with BP to increase their capacity to recover oil escaping into the Gulf of Mexico. Sanio Radhakrishnan, the ship's captain, told reporters that the ship was previously tested in waters off the coast of Portugal. However, the tests now have to prove to the Coastguard and BP that it will work in these waters with this waste stream.
BP currently has about 500 to 650 boats taking part in skimming operations. A total of 595,000 barrels of oil and water have been collected from the sea in the first 68 days of the spill event. A Whale could gather up to 300,000 barrels in eight to 10 hours. There is not a good estimate of just how much oil is currently floating on the water.
|EPA Pushes Ahead on GHG Standards |
Posted: December 23, 2010 The EPA issued its plan for establishing greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution standards under the Clean Air Act in 2011. The agency looked at a number of sectors and is moving forward on GHG standards for fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries – two of the largest industrial sources, representing nearly 40 percent of the GHG pollution in the United States. The schedule issued in the Dec. 23, 2010 agreements provides a clear path forward for these sectors and is part of EPA’s common-sense approach to addressing GHGs from the largest industrial pollution sources.
"We are following through on our commitment to proceed in a measured and careful way to reduce GHG pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans, and contributes to climate change," said Administrator Lisa Jackson. "These standards will help American companies attract private investment to the clean energy upgrades that make our companies more competitive and create good jobs here at home."
Several states, local governments and environmental organizations sued the EPA over the agency’s failure to update the pollution standards for fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries, two of the largest source categories of GHG pollution in the United States. Under today’s agreement, the EPA will propose standards for power plants in July 2011 and for refineries in December 2011 and will issue final standards in May 2012 and November 2012, respectively.
This schedule will allow the agency to host listening sessions with the business community, states and other stakeholders in early 2011, well before the rulemaking process begins, as well as to solicit additional feedback during the routine notice and comment period. Together this feedback will lead to smart, cost-effective and protective standards that reflect the latest and best information.
The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to set industry-specific standards for new sources that emit significant quantities of harmful pollutants. These standards, called New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), set the level of pollution new facilities may emit and address air pollution from existing facilities. The Act allows flexible and innovative approaches that take into account cost, health and environmental impacts, and energy requirements. The agency also must periodically update these standards to reflect improvements in control technologies.
Earlier this year, the EPA issued a common-sense approach to GHG permitting for the largest industrial sources. This approach, the GHG permitting guidelines issued in November, and these standards will give power plants and refineries a clear and sensible path for addressing GHG pollution.
The EPA will accept public comment on these two agreements for 30 days following publication of notice in the Federal Register. www.pollutionengineering.com
The BP oil spill and the recent high temperature waves in the Northern USA may be the fuel to advance the long feared Cap and Trade policy the Obama administration has been proposing.
The question we need to ask ourselves is, "How will the US economy handle another burden in a recession recovery period?".
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