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Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: EPA Announces Competition to Improve Building Energy Efficiency
Posted on 9 May 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On May 2, 2011, EPA announced the Battle of the Buildings , a competition among commercial, medical, educational, and public buildings to reduce energy use. The competition... Read More

Philadelphia's Office of Sustainability Proposed Water and Energy Reporting Regulations Expand Reach of Benchmarking Ordinance
Posted on 30 Jul 2013 by Ballard Spahr LLP

by Matthew N. McClure and Richard J. Slavin, Ballard Spahr LLP The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability issued proposed regulations on July 10, 2013, to implement Ordinance No. 120428-A – the City of Philadelphia’s recently enacted... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Polar Bear and Arctic Wolf Buy Votes in Battle For Presidential Election
Posted on 18 Sep 2012 by State Net

ENVIRONMENT: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approves a plan by COLORADO officials to improve the state's air quality. Officials say the plan will cut overall greenhouse gas causing emissions 70,000 tons by 2018 (DENVER POST). • FLORIDA... Read More

Silage vs. Curtilage: More on the EPA's Flyover Controversy
Posted on 28 Jul 2012 by Todd Janzen

By Todd J. Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP The web has been abuzz the last few weeks with articles and editorials about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of aerial flyovers to look for violations of the Clean... Read More

U.S. EPA – Next Generation Enforcement – Already Here With More Coming Soon
Posted on 2 Jul 2015 by Foley & Lardner LLP

The 2016 budget focus for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“U.S. EPA”) is on continued implementation of its “Next Generation” enforcement initiative, and this could mean big costs for manufacturers who choose... Read More

EPA Advocacy Can Add Value to a Manufacturer’s Bottom Line
Posted on 9 Dec 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

Whether you’re manufacturing widgets or rubber bands, paper products or cheese, one thing most manufacturers have in common is being subject to various regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Manufacturers often experience regulation... Read More

New Legislation Intended to Reduce Burdensome Regulation by Michigan Agencies
Posted on 17 Jan 2012 by Pepper Hamilton Environmental Law Practice Group

By Thomas P. Wilczak and Andrea E. Hayden, Attorneys, Pepper Hamilton LLP On November 28, 2011 Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder signed five bills into law, three of which amend Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA... Read More

Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards
Posted on 1 Sep 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Consumer Savings Comparable to Lowering Price of Gasoline by $1 Per Gallon by 2025 WASHINGTON, DC - The Obama Administration has finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty... Read More

EPA Finalizes 2015 Revisions to the 1988 RCRA Underground Storage Tank Regulations
Posted on 13 Oct 2015 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

The US EPA has revised the 1988 underground storage tank (UST) regulation and the 1988 state program approval (SPA) regulation. Some of these changes had their roots in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which set out additional requirements in states that... Read More

EPA Announces It Will Release New Guidelines on Vehicle MPG Ratings
Posted on 30 Apr 2015 by Foley & Lardner LLP

The EPA announced, on February 23, 2015, that it will release new guidelines for vehicle fuel economy testing. The new guidelines will apply next year and will address how vehicles should be prepared and broken in before fuel economy testing. The testing... Read More

FY2016 EPA Budget Proposal
Posted on 29 Apr 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee regarding EPA's proposed 2016 fiscal year budget. EPA's 2016 fiscal year from October 1, 2015 through September 30... Read More

USEPA Announces Changes to Self-Audit Policy
Posted on 23 Jul 2015 by Marc Karell

Besides researching and writing environmental rules, such as the mercury power plant rule recently addressed by the US Supreme Court, the USEPA must also spend a lot of effort enforcing rules – to ensure they are fairly and evenly complied with... Read More

EPA Ordered To Move Forward With Coal Ash Waste Rule
Posted on 22 Nov 2013 by Allison Torrence

On October 29, 2013, a federal district court judge ordered EPA to submit to the court within 60 days a plan and schedule for finalizing coal ash rules under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Appalachian Voices v. McCarthy , No. 12-cv... Read More

EPA’s OECA Announces Enforcement Tools for Civil Enforcement Cases and Administrative Settlements
Posted on 23 Mar 2015 by Troutman Sanders

By Randy Brogdon , Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP In a recent memo issued by EPA’s Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance (OECA), Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles announced that four specific “enforcement tools” should... Read More

Effective EPA Advocacy
Posted on 23 Jan 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

Partner Richard Stoll authored a book titled "Effective EPA Advocacy," (Matthew Bender, 2014 ed.). Book description: Effective EPA Advocacy provides a practical perspective on conducting effective advocacy before the federal Environmental... Read More