By Ben Geman and Zack Colman - 12/18/12 11:48 PM EST
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Check out these stories that ran on E2-Wire Tuesday. . .
— Defense bill preserves military biofuels program
— Wyden open to moving nuclear waste to interim storage sites
— Sen. Boxer firms up plans for weekly ‘climate change clearinghouse'
— Offshore drilling regulator calls agency 'powerhouse' enforcer
— TransCanada CEO says Kerry pick shouldn't change Keystone pipeline's status
— Sen. Manchin: Ad shooting cap-and-trade bill showed ‘responsible’ gun use
Commerce affirms tariffs on Chinese, Vietnamese wind towers
The Commerce Department on Tuesday finalized tariffs on Chinese and Vietnamese utility-scale wind-tower producers.
Chinese firms will get hit with an anti-dumping duty for as much as 70.63 percent for selling the towers below fair value. Commerce also slapped those companies with countervailing duties of up to 34.81 percent in retaliation for Chinese government subsidies.
Commerce also issued anti-dumping duties of up to 58.49 percent on imports from Vietnamese manufacturers.
The action was the latest clash between the two countries over U.S. imports of green technology from China. It came as a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Wang Qishan was in Washington for the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting, a high-level bilateral forum to address barriers to trade and investment.
Sheen near BP well stumps investigators
The Associated Press reports from New Orleans:
Officials say underwater inspections at the site of BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig disaster have failed to identify the source of a persistent sheen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Coast Guard said Tuesday that the recent inspections confirmed BP’s Macondo well remains secure and isn’t leaking any oil. The well blew out in April 2010 and spawned the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.
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Oil industry group sues over ‘fracking’ ban
Bloomberg reports on battles over oil-and-gas "fracking" in Colorado:
The Colorado Oil & Gas Association sued the City of Longmont to overturn a voter-approved ban on the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract oil and gas from sand and shale formations.
The industry group, in a complaint filed yesterday in state court in Greeley, Colorado, claims the resolution deprives land owners of property-development rights and conflicts with state law allowing the practice.
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Study: Air pollution deaths hit record in 2010
A record 3.2 million people died from the effects of air pollution in 2010, according to a study in the British medical journal The Lancet.
The culprit was largely emissions from cars, The Guardian reported.
A majority of the deaths — 2.1 million — occurred in Asia.
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