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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

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

OECD Recommends More Tariffs and Taxes to Manage Water Risks
Posted on 4 May 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson Today's financing mechanisms cannot cover the cost of upgrading old water systems, due to public budget cuts, a failure to reflect future costs in water charges and a drop in tariff revenues as city dwellers use less water. A... 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

Court Affirms Disclosure in NPDES Permitting Is Critical to Permit Shield
Posted on 25 Mar 2015 by Troutman Sanders

By Miranda Yost , Of Counsel, Troutman Sanders LLP A recent Sixth Circuit decision, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], on permit shield protection reinforces the importance of full disclosure to the permitting agency. The Sixth... Read More

Tags: coal , shield , Clean , permit , water

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

US EPA Finalizes Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Consumption and Production Allowances for 2015 to 2019
Posted on 29 Dec 2014 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

The US EPA has published its final rule that adjusts the allowance system for the consumption and production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) for years 2015 to 2019. The rule was promulgated pursuant to the Clean Air Act, certain sections of which... Read More

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

Water Scarcity—Important Developments
Posted on 5 May 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson While much progress has been made in the U.S. to address water quality since the first Earth Day in 1970, increasingly the critical issue of the day is water quantity and specifically sufficient availability of safe water for everyone... Read More

Great Lakes Protection Act Reintroduced (Again)
Posted on 8 Apr 2015 by Dianne Saxe

By Meredith James As promised in Minister Murray’s mandate letter , Ontario’s provincial government has reintroduced the Great Lakes Protection Act . If passed, the Act would: · Help fight climate change, reduce harmful algal... Read More

Administrative Watch: EPA Issues New Rule on Definition of Waters of the United States
Posted on 2 Jun 2015 by Babst Calland

On May 27, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released the long-awaited final rule redefining the extent of the agencies’ jurisdiction over “waters of the United... Read More

Federal Govt Stands Down Wastewater Pollution Regulations
Posted on 21 Apr 2015 by Dianne Saxe

The federal government has reached an equivalency agreement with Quebec over wastewater pollution regulations intended to protect fish. Under the federal Fisheries Act , the federal government can agree NOT to apply its regulations in a province, if it... 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