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Obama administration report affirms need to keep coal in the ground

Nearly one year after Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell called for a comprehensive review of the federal coal program, the Obama administration today released a roadmap for reform of the federal coal program. Coal combustion for electricity is the largest single contributor to climate disruption in the U.S., yet it has been over 30 years since the federal government comprehensively studied the environmental impact of the federal coal program. The roadmap calls for reform in three key areas: ensuring a fair return to Americans for the sale of their public coal; addressing the environmental and climate impacts of the federal coal program; and reforming the program in response to current market conditions, including assistance for communities experiencing declines in coal production.

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Energy Department Introduces New Financing Navigator for Energy Efficiency Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is introducing a new, web-based financing navigator to help private and public sector organizations discover financing solutions for energy efficiency projects that meet their unique needs. Limited financing options are often cited as a major barrier to investing in energy efficient systems. Through the Better Buildings Financing Navigator, building owners, facility and energy managers, and other decision-makers can connect with financiers, including banks and financial institutions, to pursue energy-saving measures.

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Court of Appeals Reaffirms Clean Air Act Requirements In DTE Case

Major modification of DTE power plant should have required new pollution controls that would have prevented hospitalizations and deaths

Yesterday, a federal appellate court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had the legal authority to take action against DTE Energy after the company put public health at risk by failing to apply for a New Source Review (NSR) permit under the Clean Air Act. This ruling has important implications for the NSR program nationwide.

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ISRI Proposed Specifications for MRF Glass and Inbound MRF Mixed Recyclables

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors will consider the addition of new specifications for glass and inbound mixed recyclables for material recovery facilities (MRF) during its Winter Meeting on February 10. ISRI’s Paper and Plastics Divisions recently approved each of the specifications. These specifications are intended to increase understanding of the issues processors face when working with complex streams from municipal program sources.

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League of Women Voters Statement on the Passage of the REINS Act

The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the controversial “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny” or REINS Act.  The REINS Act requires Congressional approval for all major regulations-- virtually shutting down the entire regulatory process. This legislation will put the interests of big polluters and special interests ahead of the public health and safety of the American people:

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