Industry Market Trends

How EPA Regulations Could Ultimately Help Oil and Coal Industries

October 31, 2013

Could the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new regulations actually increase oil dependence? That’s what some are saying about the agency's latest attempt to tamp down on coal-fired CO2 emissions.

According to The Motley Fool’s Matthew DiLallo, the EPA’s latest proposal requires new coal-fired power plants to be built with cutting-edge carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

The Wall Street Journal reported in September that the Obama administration’s EPA rules on carbon emissions threaten to “block the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they are built with novel and expensive technology to capture greenhouse-gas emissions.”

As has been reported here on Green & Clean Journal, CCS has not been proven at commercial scale. It’s also not cheap, and has no proven economic value for the plant’s builders, which leads many to see the regulation as designed to phase out coal power.

DiLallo, however, writes that Southern Company's Kemper County facility in Mississippi is using the technology, and is “working with enhanced oil recovery, or EOR, specialist Denbury Resources to put the captured carbon dioxide to good use.” Read More

Industry Market Trends

Staffing Firms Helping Big and Small Manufacturers Survive the ACA

October 31, 2013

The health care mandates under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have posed a challenge for small manufacturing businesses that look to or are hoping to expand. In response, many staffing firms are stepping up to offer specialized services that can help the businesses save money while complying with the law.  Read More