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DOE FACES TOUGH QUESTIONS ON ADDING CHP TO GREENHOUSE REGISTRY

Department of Energy (DOE) officials plan to offer recognition for combined heat and power (CHP) systems in revisions to proposed greenhouse gas reporting guidelines, giving manufacturing industries an incentive to use energy-efficient systems that produce heat and energy at the same time. But sources following the issue say the department will face complicated questions over how to account for emissions reductions that stem from the use of CHP.

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OFFSHORE WIND OPPONENTS HOPE WARNER KEEPS TRYING TO BLOCK PROJECT

Sen. John Warner (R-VA) was forced to drop a controversial amendment to the defense authorization bill earlier this month that would have banned offshore wind projects pending further congressional action on the issue, but opponents of Cape Wind, the first and largest planned offshore wind farm in the nation, say the issue is far from dead.

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PENNSYLVANIA TO BECOME FIRST STATE TO INCLUDE FOSSIL FUEL IN RPS

The Pennsylvania legislature is poised to pass the nation's first renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that would include electricity generated by fossil fuels including coal waste. Gov. Edward Rendell (D) heartily supports using coal waste as a fuel and is unlikely to sign such a measure unless the fuel is included, sources say.

Despite the controversy over the move, the only outstanding question appears to be whether coal waste would be considered a "renewable" energy source or if it would be defined as an "advanced" energy source.

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INDUSTRY PUSHES EPA TO EXEMPT CATTLE FEEDLOTS FROM AIR PERMIT RULES

Industry groups are urging EPA to issue guidance that would designate air pollution from cattle feedlots as "fugitive" emissions, a move that could exempt the industry from federal permit requirements and offer a shield from citizen lawsuits, sources say.

While the agency's response to the suggestion remains unclear, EPA has already explored the prospect of temporary enforcement waivers for other types of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), mainly egg farms, dairies and swine facilities.

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LAND MANAGERS, ACTIVISTS WORRY LONGVIEW OFFSETS ARE BAD PRECEDENT

Federal land managers at the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, along with environmentalists, say a clean air permit for the West Virginia-based Longview power plant may set a terrible precedent by giving plants "paper" offsets that do not guarantee any reduced sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution.

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INDUSTRY RAISES DATA QUALITY CONCERNS OVER 'RESIDUAL RISK' STANDARD

Industry groups are questioning the scientific analyses EPA used in setting its first "residual risk" air toxics standard, saying the agency may have violated data guidelines under the Information Quality Act. The pending rule addresses air emissions from coke oven batteries, and could set a precedent for the way EPA develops similar requirements for a host of major industries.

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Industry Raises Data Quality Concerns Over 'Residual Risk' Air Rule

Industry groups are questioning the scientific analyses EPA used in proposing its first "residual risk" air toxics standard, saying the agency may have violated data guidelines under the Information Quality Act. The proposed rule addresses air emissions from coke oven batteries, and could set a precedent for the way EPA develops similar requirements for a host of major industries.

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EPA Cites High-Court Tobacco Ruling In Argument Against CO2 Controls

In a recent court filing arguing against carbon dioxide (CO2) emission controls, the Bush administration is citing a Supreme Court decision that found the Food and Drug Administration lacked the authority to regulate tobacco, arguing that EPA's broad statutory mandate does not allow the agency to regulate CO2. An Oct. 12 legal brief, filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in International Center for Technology Assessment et al. v. Whitman, asks the U.S.

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Pennsylvania To Be First To Include Coal Waste In Renewable Energy Plan

The Pennsylvania legislature is poised to pass the nation's first renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that would include electricity generated by fossil fuels including coal waste. Gov. Edward Rendell (D) strongly supports using coal waste as a renewable fuel and is unlikely to sign such a measure unless it is included, sources tracking the issue say.

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Delayed EPA Action Sparks Industry Fears Over Use Of Ozone-Safe Chemical

Industry says EPA's approval of a safe alternative to chemicals that pose a risk to the stratospheric ozone could be of limited benefit because the agency has failed to move quickly on delisting the substitute substance from regulation as a volatile organic compound (VOC).

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