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Clean Power Plan Published; Appeals Period Begins
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register Friday, triggering a 60-day appeals period. Petitioners will have until December 22, 2015, to file appeals of the Clean Power Plan in the U.S... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson: Ohio EPA Proposes Modifications for Oil and Gas Well Site Air Permits
Posted on 26 Feb 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Katerina E. Milenkovski Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently proposed several changes to its general permits for oil and gas well site production operations. These changes would: · Incorporate requirements from... Read More

Demand-Side Energy Efficiency in the Final Clean Power Plan
Posted on 29 Sep 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Jessica Wentz, Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have unveiled the final version of the Clean Power Plan —the nation’s first ever federal regulatory standards to... Read More

Federal Government Proposes New Air Pollution Regulations
Posted on 25 Jun 2014 by Dianne Saxe

The federal government has proposed a major set of new air pollution regulations to reduce industrial-source air pollution, starting with performance standards for the cement sector and two equipment types: gaseous-fuel-fired non-utility boilers/ heaters... Read More

Clean Power Plan Will Spur Innovation and Strengthen the Economy
Posted on 3 Jun 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Yesterday was an important day. At the direction of President Obama and after an unprecedented outreach effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing... Read More

How the Supreme Court Just Delayed the Clean Power Plan
Posted on 3 Aug 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By Tricia Caliguire The Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. EPA , [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], holding that the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered costs when... Read More

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC, Part IV - Economic v. Environmental Dispatch, Please
Posted on 11 May 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald It’s been a long winter in my neck of the woods and not because Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Pipes froze. Twice. Furnace was out overnight. Broke three shovels. So I had a particular interest this past Wednesday, March... Read More

How VW's Diesel Engine Debacle Will Impact Farmers
Posted on 12 Nov 2015 by Todd Janzen

Volkswagen (VW) has been in the news lately after university researchers discovered its "clean diesel" emissions were as much as 40 times higher than EPA regulations allowed. VW apparently programmed its engine control unit (ECU) software to... Read More

Democratic Senators Introduce Carbon Tax Bill
Posted on 13 Jul 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

On Wednesday, June 10, two Democratic Senators (Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii) introduced a bill that would impose a carbon tax of $45 per ton of carbon emissions. For other greenhouse gases, the bill imposes a carbon dioxide... Read More

NERC's Polite Review of the Clean Power Plan: A "Challenge"
Posted on 21 May 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald When the draft of EPA's Clean Power Plan was promulgated in the Federal Register last June, one of the critical questions raised by those in the electricity space was: what about reliability? If you shut down all those coal... Read More

U.S. Energy and Environmental Policy and Law in the Making: The Clean Power Plan
Posted on 25 Nov 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

It was a busy week for the United States and the Obama Administration’s Climate Change Initiative. On October 23, 2015, the Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this rule: lexis... Read More

US EPA Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress
Posted on 28 Oct 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Joyce A. Gentry The US EPA has released the Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress. This is the final of two reports required by the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA) to inform Congress on the process in reducing public health risks from... Read More

Revisions to Key Definitions in Virginia Air Pollution Program Add Flexibility
Posted on 20 Oct 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Henry R. "Speaker" Pollard, V , Partner, Williams Mullen Changes to Virginia’s air program that recently took effect offer greater flexibility for manufacturers, electric utilities, and other major sources of air pollutants. These... Read More

Jenner & Block: New Guidance On Social Cost Of Carbon
Posted on 25 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

By E. Lynn Grayson , Partner, Jenner & Block The Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Carbon - a multiple federal agency initiative - has issued new guidance on the social cost of carbon to estimate the climate benefits of any rulemakings... Read More

Marten Law: EPA Finalizes Hazardous Air Emission Rules for Boilers and Process Heaters Affecting 90,000 Facilities
Posted on 28 Feb 2013 by Svend Brandt-Erichsen

By Svend Brandt-Erichsen, Partner, Marten Law PLLC In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Svend Brandt-Erichsen of Marten Law PLLC discusses EPA's new standards for hazardous air emissions from boilers and process heaters, commonly referred to as "Boiler... Read More