EPA regulator says set to release key herbicide report, lauds biopesticides

By Carey Gillam WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency has wrapped up its review of the world’s most widely used herbicide and plans to release a much-anticipated preliminary risk assessment no later than July, the regulator’s chief pesticide regulator told Reuters. The EPA review of the health and environmental impacts of glyphosate comes at a time of intense debate over the safety of the chemical, and after the World

EPA sends biofuels volumes targets to White House for review: sources

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent blending targets for the country’s renewable fuels program to the White House for review ahead of a fast-approaching June 1 deadline for publicly releasing its proposal, according to industry sources. The EPA has sent proposed volume requirements for 2014, 2015 and 2016 to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the sources said. An EPA spokeswoman declined to comment. The EPA

Wall St. lower as weak trade data offsets rally in oil prices

“Everyone is now keeping an eye on Friday’s jobs numbers to see if last month’s dismal numbers were a momentary blip or for real,” said Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh. The wider trade deficit dampened the effect of a rebound in service sector growth in April. Energy stocks including Exxon and Chevron were the biggest gainers, limiting the fall in the Dow

China to expand coal ban to suburbs

China will expand its bans on coal burning to include suburban areas as well as city centers in efforts to tackle air pollution, the top energy agency said on Tuesday. Detailing its clean coal action plan 2015-2020, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said it would promote centralized heating and power supply by natural gas and renewables, replacing scattered heat and power engines fueled by low quality coal. The world’s biggest

Shift in U.S. federal solar funding needed for large-scale deployment: report

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States must redirect spending from wasteful solar power tax credits and prepare the electricity grid for large-scale solar energy use if the industry is to play a significant role in lowering carbon emissions, a report led by MIT researchers said on Tuesday. Current tax incentives aimed at encouraging users to install solar technologies fail to reward actual energy produced, said the authors

EPA cites Plains' California oil train terminal for violations

By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has cited Plains All American Pipeline LP’s Bakersfield crude by rail terminal with a series of violations, according to a notice made public on Monday. The federal agency said in the notice the facility’s owner failed to obtain valid emissions permits, install best available control technologies or provide emissions offsets as required by the local air district,

EPA cites Bakersfield, Calif. oil train terminal with violations

By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has cited Plains All American Pipeline LP’s Bakersfield crude terminal with violations of the Clean Air Act, according to a notice dated April 30. The EPA said a previous environmental review was not thorough enough. The terminal has been operating since November 2014 and can currently receive one 100-car unit train a day carrying crude from the