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NEWS UPDATE December 19, 2014

Ethanol Producers Poised To Gain From Oil Price Drop

By Andrew Topf, Oil Price   •    •  Posted December 19, 2014

Energy stockholders have been watching in horror as their investments tank and those with a short time frame are considering cutting their losses, as the oil price rout looks certain to continue into 2015 and possibly beyond. But one area that could be poised to withstand the oil price carnage and might even toss out some gains for investors is the sector that produces an important, yet controversial element of gasoline: ethanol. [ read more … ]

Study links fine airborne particles to autism 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted December 19, 2014

Children born to mothers exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution during pregnancy have a higher chance of being diagnosed with autism, according to a new study led by Harvard University. The study found autism risks are especially high when women are exposed during their third trimester of pregnancy. Published online today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, the paper adds to a growing body of recent research linking autism to air pollution. “Our data add additional support to the hypothesis that maternal exposure to air pollution contributes to the risk of autism spectrum disorders,” said Marc Weisskopf, a study author and associate professor of environmental and occupational epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, in a statement. [ read more … ]

14 areas in 6 states out of compliance with fine-particle limit — EPA 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted December 19, 2014

U.S. EPA today designated 14 areas in six states as out of compliance with the standard for fine particulate matter, a classification that triggers pollution control plans under the Clean Air Act. In a final decision posted this afternoon, the agency said air monitoring data from 2011 to 2013 show that those areas are contributing to a violation of the standard. The decision finalizes a proposal from August. The nonattainment areas are in California, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. They include areas with persistent air quality problems, including California’s San Joaquin Valley and the Cincinnati and Cleveland metropolitan areas. [ read more … ]

Gov. Inslee of Wash. unveils carbon cap, predicts Republican support 

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted December 19, 2014

Despite a divided state Legislature coming out of the 2014 midterm elections, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) says 2015 is the year for his state to get serious about climate change.
“Everyone agrees on the basic proposition” that the climate is changing and that the state needs to act on it, he said yesterday, speaking at REI’s main outlet in Seattle. “We don’t all agree on what the first steps should be. But I’m open to all ideas.” Inslee laid out his plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions yesterday. Its centerpiece is a carbon cap for major emitters and a system of allowances they would purchase to stay within the cap, he said. Revenue from the system would go toward education, transportation and support for vulnerable communities. [ read more … ]

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