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Final PFAS Regulations Are Here, and More Are On the Way

April 17, 2024 by John Powers Chemicals Regulations Water

EPA has been working quickly to regulate PFAS across the United States. The National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for PFAS is now finalized, and more final rules are right around the corner.

In 2020 small aircraft using leaded fuel emitted more than 420 tons of lead in the  United States.

At Last, EPA Prepares to Regulate Lead in Aircraft Emissions

April 12, 2024 by Christopher Slama Air Chemicals Climate change Regulations

Late last year, the EPA issued a formal Endangerment Finding, the first step in almost thirty years toward reducing the largest source of lead in the atmosphere. What took so long?

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Preparing Financial Market Utilities for the Emergent Threats of Climate Change

April 9, 2024 by Andrew Lloyd Bellah Climate change Regulations

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published new changes to Regulation HH pertaining to systemically-important Financial Market Utilities (FMUs) that clear and settle large-scale transactions between banks and other financial institutions in the United States. In this blog post, GELR Senior Editor Andrew Bellah highlights new operational risk management requirements for FMUs in Regulation HH that have become relevant due to emergent threats arising from climate change. While the amendments to Regulation HH don't explicitly mention climate change, their emphasis on the risk of severe weather and other tail-end scenarios denotes the seriousness of preparing critical financial market infrastructure for a warming world.

New York City traffic jam.

New York City’s Congestion Pricing Toll- How Will It Affect New York’s Air Pollution?

April 8, 2024 by Jack Hatzimemos Air Regulations State and Local

After years of years of roadblocks and anticipation, New York City is scheduled to introduce its controversial Congestion Pricing toll in June. The congestion toll, which will charge drivers of standard vehicles $15 to enter parts of lower Manhattan, aims to reduce traffic build up and air pollution in the city. However, the toll has been met with tremendous scrutiny, particularly on the true environmental impact of the project.

This chart shows the photovoltaic power potential in the Middle East, demonstrating the potential for a clean energy transition.*

The Energy Transition in the Middle East: Navigating Through Change

April 4, 2024 by Can Cao Climate change Energy International Natural Resources Oil and Gas Renewable Energy

This article explores the Middle East's shift away from oil dependence towards renewable energies, highlighting how this energy transition has resulted in regional collaboration, economic diversification, and global implications.

Wind turbines and solar arrays stand in the foreground, with transmission lines and a grid substation in the background.

Transmission Now!

April 2, 2024 by Aidan Bassett Energy Renewable Energy

To deploy renewables and meet its climate targets, the U.S. will need new transmission and grid-enhancing technologies to get the most from its existing power infrastructure.

Bike lanes, low speed limits, sidewalks protected from drivers by parked cars and trees, and crosswalks improve safety and comfort for walking and biking in this D.C. neighborhood.

“Please Don’t Hit Me!” Making Cities Safer for Pedestrians & Bikers

March 25, 2024 by Alexis Gorfine Climate change State and Local Sustainability

The healthiest and happiest communities are walkable, bikeable, and provide equitable transportation options for all. D.C. policymakers must put cars in their place and take steps to promote pedestrian safety. By slowing down drivers, improving infrastructure to promote pedestrian awareness, and encouraging mass transit alternatives, we can make our city more friendly to both the environment and its habitants, workers, and visitors.

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Making Sense of the Inflation Reduction Act’s Low Carbon Hydrogen Credit

March 21, 2024 by Stefan Koester Energy Regulations Renewable Energy Sustainability

IRS comment period for the 45V clean hydrogen tax credit guidance closed on February 26, 2024. This credit provides a tiered production tax credit for clean hydrogen depending on its emissions intensity. The draft guidance relies on three pillars to ensure emissions integrity – additionality, temporal and geographic matching. Judging by some comment responses, controversial reactions to each of these pillars were significant, with many commenters suggesting that the courts will have the final say on how these tax credits will be finalized. Will all this uncertainty derail the clean hydrogen economy?