We recently talked with Tyler Lobdell of Food & Water Watch about the EPA’s proposal to add more ethanol, biogas, and wood pellet power in the nation's fuel mix. Here is the link to where people can comment at the EPA about the biofuel proposal: https://www.regulations.gov/document/EPA-HQ-OAR-2021-0427-0421
A couple other issues :
The Environmental Protection Agency supplemental proposal to reduce methane in oil and natural gas operations. The rule is a cornerstone of the EPA’s strategy under President Joe Biden to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The rule will have the biggest impact in oil and gas producing states like Texas that do not have broad methane regulations. The public comment period closes on Feb. 13 and the EPA will issue the final rule later this year.
To read the comment period extension notice, visit: https://www.epa.gov/controlling-air-pollution-oil- and-natural-gas-industry/epa-extends-comment-period-proposed-new
For instructions on submitting public comment on the proposal, see:
EPA Opens Public Comment Period for Indoor airPLUS Program Update
In order to advance indoor air quality protection, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing proposed updates to the Indoor airPLUS program, and will be taking public comment for 60 days. Comments will be accepted until April 3, 2023.
Under this proposed program update, builders will have an opportunity to choose between two Indoor airPLUS labels: Indoor airPLUS Certification, and Indoor airPLUS Gold. The proposed “Indoor airPLUS Certification” specifications focus on strategies to improve indoor air quality without a pre-requisite of ENERGY STAR certification. The proposed “Indoor airPLUS Gold” specifications include more advanced protections for improved indoor air quality in conjunction with ENERGY STAR certification.
Following the 60-day comment period, EPA expects to release the final Indoor airPLUS Certification and Gold specifications in January 2024. During the first 12-months of implementation beginning January 2024, partners could continue to use Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications Version 1, Rev.4 or begin to use one of the new two-tier specifications, if finalized. EPA anticipates that the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications Version 1, Rev. 4 will be sunset by January 2025. These dates are subject to change.
Find more information on:
• Indoor airPLUS
• Indoor airPLUS Version 2
• Finding an Indoor airPLUS builder or rater in your area
• Joining the Indoor airPLUS program
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