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The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC
Posted on 4 Mar 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald It was innocuous enough: Conference on Environmental Regulations; but the plainness of title belied what was going on at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the first public forum at FERC on EPA's Clean Power Plan... Read More

EPA’s 2012 Primary Annual Fine Particle Designation Identifies Attainment Status for All of West Virginia
Posted on 5 Feb 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Laura M. Goldfarb EPA designated all of West Virginia as being in attainment for the 2012 primary annual fine particle (PM 2.5 ) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) by rule on December 18, 2014. This is significant for industry and... Read More

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC, Part II - Infrastructure
Posted on 9 Mar 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By Tricia Caliguire Because I had a seat inside the meeting room at FERC's Clean Power Plan Overview last month, I got a close-up view of the protesters. Most were older (as opposed to the college-student variety), they carried signs, wore matching... Read More

EPA Proposes More Stringent Ozone Standards
Posted on 6 Jan 2015 by Babst Calland

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed a proposed rule to promulgate more stringent primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. The proposed rule would limit air ozone concentrations to between 65... Read More

Tags: NAAQS , air , quality , ambient , ozone , EPA

The Constitutional Foundation for the Clean Power Plan
Posted on 16 Apr 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

As members of Congress wisely examine the legal basis for the Clean Power Plan, they should feel confident that the Environmental Protection Agency is acting with a solid constitutional foundation. At a Tuesday hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy... Read More

Challenges to EPA’s Proposed Carbon Rules: What If They Succeed?
Posted on 13 Nov 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael B. Gerrard The Clean Power Plan proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in June is the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s efforts to fight climate change. Coal-fired power plants are by far the largest source of greenhouse... Read More

Ohio EPA Seeks Early Stakeholder Input on Sulfur Dioxide Rules
Posted on 30 Mar 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Ohio EPA is seeking early stakeholder input[1] on potential amendments to Ohio’s sulfur dioxide regulations as part of the five-year rule review process mandated by ORC §119.032, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The... Read More

MATS Corrections
Posted on 12 Feb 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Laura M. Goldfarb , Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. EPA is proposing to correct certain text of the final MATS Rule officially titled “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-fired Electric Utility... Read More

Tags: coal , air , electric , Plant , emission , power , Clean , MATS

Natural Gas Operator Prevails in Air Aggregation Case
Posted on 19 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

In a highly-anticipated decision, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of a Pennsylvania natural gas operator in an air aggregation case filed by a citizen group. The decision... Read More

Texas Petrochemical Refinery Achieves Reasoned Victory Against Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Posted on 5 Mar 2015 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

ExxonMobil Corp. (Exxon) operates a refinery complex in Baytown, Texas, which is the largest petroleum and petrochemical complex in the U.S. This Complex is governed by Title V operating permits issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality... Read More

A FIP Primer for the Clean Power Plan
Posted on 30 Jun 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Much has been made of late about EPA’s authority to develop federal implementation plans (FIPs) to achieve the state-based GHG emissions reduction targets the agency is preparing to establish under Clean Power Plan. Led by Senator Mitch McConnell... Read More

Peter Glaser Talks “Just Say No” Option for States on E&E TV
Posted on 26 Mar 2015 by Troutman Sanders

Should states opt to “just say no” to U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal by either not submitting compliance plans or creating mechanisms that do not follow the agency’s building blocks? Peter Glaser in Troutman’s D.C.... Read More

Tags: electricity , coal , air , Plant , power , Clean

Can and Should Greenhouse Gases be Regulated as Hazardous Air Pollutants under CAA § 112?
Posted on 7 Jul 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

The Sabin Center has published a student paper by Mark Bond* which examines the legal and practical consequences of regulating greenhouse gas emissions as hazardous air pollutants under §112 of the Clean Air Act. To download the full paper, click... Read More

US EPA Issues First-Ever RCRA “Imminent and Substantial Endangerment” Order for Vapor Intrusion at Fort Gillem, Georgia
Posted on 15 Oct 2014 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By: Alexander J. Bandza In what appears to be the first-ever RCRA § 7003, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], “imminent and substantial endangerment” order for vapor intrusion, US EPA Region 4 issued an order... Read More