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EPA proposes draft rules related to air emissions from hydrofacturing operations
Posted on 2 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

EPA has released rule changes that will require oil and gas drillers that use hydraulic fracturing to use new or improved processes and equipment in an attempt to reduce the level of volatile organic compounds (VOC's) and other air pollutants emitted... Read More

How Green Is My Carpet?
Posted on 29 Aug 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Are carpets safe? It depends on the person, on the carpet and on how you look after it. What’s in a carpet? Traditional or antique carpets may be made of wool, silk, cotton or other natural... Read More

Air pollution may be causing mega-cyclones striking India & the Middle East
Posted on 11 Nov 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

It is well known that warm sea-surface temperatures can boost the intensity of hurricanes (known in the Indian Ocean as cyclones). For many decades water in the Arabian Sea has been warm, which should enhance the strength of cyclones. However, regional... Read More

DOE Reports That EPA’s New Air Pollution Rules Will Not Hinder Electricity Reliability
Posted on 5 Jan 2012 by Allison Torrence

By Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block The United States Department of Energy ("DOE") has issued a report titled "Resource Adequacy Implications of Forthcoming EPA Air Quality Regulations." The DOE report evaluates... Read More

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Posted on 30 Oct 2012 by Allison Torrence

By Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block On Tuesday, August 21, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ("D.C. Circuit") vacated the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (the "Transport Rule"... Read More

Let a thousand lawsuits bloom: The CAA is this week's favorite target
Posted on 12 Oct 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As noted in prior posts, EPA has proposed national standards for mercury and other toxic pollutant emissions from power plants. See http://www.epa.gov/airquality/powerplanttoxics/ . Now Guam and 25 states have filed a challenge to the regulations. The... Read More

D.C. Court of Appeals Grants Stay of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Posted on 10 Jan 2012 by Allison Torrence

By Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block On December 30, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted several parties' motions to stay in the federal case challenging the United States Environmental... Read More

9-11 firefighters show increased cancer risk, notes new study
Posted on 9 Sep 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have addressed the various studies that have been published regarding the impact of exposure to the toxic dust and smoke that was generated by the 9-11 disaster. Researchers have now identified that male firefighters who were exposed to the... Read More

Composition of diesel exhaust varies with engine loading, producing differential health impact characteristics from the emissions
Posted on 2 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As noted in several prior posts, the study of the impact on diesel exhaust has focused on the PM10 and PM 2.5 profiles of the emissions. Recently, researchers argued that this view is too simplistic, and present an interesting study in support of their... Read More

EPA Releases Final Health Assessment for Tetrachloroethylene (aka Perc)
Posted on 15 Feb 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

EPA has posted its final health assessment for tetrachloroethylene (aka perc) to its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). Perc is widely used in the dry cleaning industry, although states such as California are requiring that it be phased out... Read More

Wood stoves help to reduce cases of severe pneumonia in young children in LDC's
Posted on 25 Jan 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Pneumonia in children, although rare in the U.S., kills more children worldwide than any other disease (estimated to be 1.6 million deaths per year). [Prior posts have noted, though, the adverse impact of various air pollutants on urban children.] Researchers... Read More

Marten Law Group: EPA Decision Stirs Pot on Addressing CO2 Emissions
Posted on 29 Dec 2008 by Dustin T Till

In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Dustin Till of Marten Law Group discusses the EPA Environmental Appeal Board's decision in In re Deseret and its implications for the future regulation of carbon dioxide by the Obama Administration. As Mr. Till explains... Read More

There are times when creative pleading gets too cute; this CAA case is one of them
Posted on 16 Dec 2008 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

In SF Chapter of A. Philip Randolph Institute et al v. U.S. EPA et al , 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27794 (N.D. CA. 2008), plaintiffs sought an order compelling EPA to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Massachusetts v. EPA , 549 U.S. 497... Read More

Legislation ends moratorium on air permits in the L.A. basin; Governor likely to sign
Posted on 28 Sep 2009 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted the litigation in the L.A. basin involving air permits, and that as a result of a ruling by the local Superior Court, the issuance of air permits came to a halt. The judge's decision held that the South Coast Air Quality Management... Read More

Oceangoing ships alleged to be responsible for substantial emissions; IMO adopts new NOx standards per U.S. proposal
Posted on 27 Oct 2008 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

A recent report by the Environmental Defense Fund alleges that oceangoing ships are responsible for (1) more than 54,000 tons of fine particulate matter (which EDF alleges is equivalent to the emissions from 117 coal-fired power plants; or, stated another... Read More