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WOTUS Woes: EPA overstepping again?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have released a proposed rule to revise the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) for all Clean Water Act (CWA) programs. According to some, including the Waters Advocacy Coalition, the definitional changes contained in the proposed WOTUS rule would significantly expand federal control of land and water resources across the nation, triggering substantial additional permitting and regulatory requirements.

Discouraged, but forging ahead: Exelon-Pepco could appeal merger decision

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia recently rejected the proposed $6.4 billion merger of Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings Inc., the approval of which would have formed the nation's largest utility.

Call to California: Pass climate leadership bills

While New York State is attempting to get a carbon tax bill passed in the state Assembly, leading scientists, economists and academia with expertise in the impacts of climate change are calling on California legislators to support SB 32 and SB 350.

Fossil fuels beware: NYS considering carbon tax bill

Assembly members Kevin Cahill and Barbara Lifton have introduced a carbon tax bill into the Assembly that would tax carbon emissions with the ultimate goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions in New York State-- starting a discussion at the state level on what a market-based solution to climate change should look like.

Concerning decision: Nuclear history doomed to repeat itself?

The decision raises concerns that the NRC is ignoring the lessons it should have learned from the Fukushima accident and that nuclear plants will be allowed to continue to maintain plans voluntarily and deny the agency the authority to review those plans or issue citations if they are deficient.

Cedar Bay: FPL acquires coal plant just to close it

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a settlement agreement between Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and the Office of Public Counsel, modifying FPL's proposed plan to acquire and phase out a coal-fired power plant.

Powerhouse merger to create second largest U.S. utility

The boards of directors of both Southern Company and AGL Resources have approved a definitive merger agreement to create one of the leading electric and gas utility company in the United States.

Pipe dream or possibility? Eliminating nuclear weapons while keeping nuclear power safe

A new global initiative could become a way to reduce-- and eventually eliminate-- the proliferation of nuclear weapons, while at the same time giving countries the opportunity to develop nuclear power safely.

Dumping drilling: Coalition demanding stronger oil and gas regs

A coalition of environmental organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthworks, have filed a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency demanding regulations to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment.

Benefits of Entergy consolidation could span decades

Customers of Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, LLC will soon be served by a single utility company created through a transaction approved by the Louisiana Public Service Commission.