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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

NRDC challenge to EPA approval of California CAA SIP fails
Posted on 4 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

California submitted a Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan to the EPA for approval. Pursuant to the "conformity rule" under 40 C.F.R. Section 93.118, the EPA conducted a review to determine whether the SIP's motor vehicle emissions budgets... Read More

The trend toward use of heavier crudes increases the carbon footprint of petroleum products
Posted on 6 Dec 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Heavier crudes are, by definition, more viscous. The also contain greater amounts of sulfur, which must be removed because of the adverse impact of sulfur on various catalysts used in the refining process. The sulfur content of fuel is also controlled... 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. ... Read More

EPA announces new air emission regulations for coal-fired power plants
Posted on 16 Mar 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted the numerous studies that support the view that emissions from a variety of sources, including automobiles, trucks, and power plants, have an adverse impact on the health of those exposed to such emissions. It is also fairly certain... Read More

Fourth Circuit holds that attorney's fees provision of Clean Air Act requires only a modicum of success on claims
Posted on 18 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Applications for attorney's fees are often very contentious. In addressing the language regarding such fees contained in the Clean Air Act, the Fourth Circuit affirmed a broad interpretation of the fee provision. Defendant Duke Energy sought to... Read More