Air Quality Control

Planning for the New CCR Rule: A Focus on Groundwater Monitoring

by Katie Bland June 2, 2014

An impending U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule expected by the end of this year could mean big changes for utilities in how coal combustion residuals (CCRs) are regulated. CCRs are currently classified as exempt waste under an amendment to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), but under the new rule, CCRs would be […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Considers Greenhouse Gas Regulations

by The Burns & McDonnell Team February 18, 2014

Coal-fired utilities in the United States are operating in a state of uncertainty pending a Supreme Court decision on greenhouse gas regulations, due to be heard next month. The court’s decision, on whether stationary sources of emissions should be caught up in regulations designed to reduce emissions from motor vehicles, could have huge ramifications for […]

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Infographic: Global Energy Consumption And Energy Saving Tips

by The Burns & McDonnell Team June 28, 2013

We use a lot of energy worldwide. And while that isn’t a newsflash, global energy use is an issue that’s becoming increasingly important amid concerns about energy dependence, diminishing supplies and adverse environmental effects. In the United States, we have the distinction of using more energy than other countries: twice the European average and five […]

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CSAPR Stay Means Continued Uncertainty for Electric Utility Business

by The Burns & McDonnell Team January 5, 2012

Many electric utilities around the country collectively breathed a huge sigh of relief on December 30, 2011, two days before the  Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) was to begin, when the U.S. Court of Appeals stayed the rule. CSAPR was a replacement for the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), which the same court had determined was flawed just […]

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Greenhouse Gas Rules: Is Your Business Subject?

by The Burns & McDonnell Team August 3, 2011

Slowly but surely, the government is beginning to take environmental protection and sustainability seriously. It has set in motion several bills that will take the United States into a new era in environmental conservation. There’s been a lot of talk in the Senate recently about the new greenhouse gas (GHG) rules submitted for approval by […]

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