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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

The D.C. Circuit Court Rejects EPA Guidance on Source Aggregation
Posted on 23 Jul 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], ruled upon a petition filed by an industry coalition which objected to the manner in which USEPA intended to implement the 6 th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling... Read More

Utah Gov. Herbert Names 'Action Team' To Fight Dirty Air
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by State Net

HERBERT NAMES 'ACTION TEAM' TO FIGHT DIRTY AIR: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) announced the creation last week of a new working group tasked with devising solutions to the Beehive State's persistent air pollution problems. The 38-member panel... 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

Jenner & Block: EPA Faces Suits Over State Haze Plans As It Awaits Decision On Petition For Rehearing On Cross-State Air Pollution Ruling
Posted on 30 Oct 2012 by Allison Torrence

By Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block As discussed previously in this blog, Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Cross-State Air Pollution Rule , the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ("D.C. Circuit"... Read More

Effects of New NOx RACT Rules
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 by Marc Karell

By Marc Karell, P.E., CEM, Principal, Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC Virtually all states that have nonattainment areas for ozone have passed a rule called nitrogen oxide (NO x ) Reasonably Achievable Control Technology (RACT). NO... 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

RACT Rulemaking Expected to Impact Major Sources of NOx and VOC Emissions in Pennsylvania
Posted on 22 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

Proposed regulatory amendments published on April 19, 2014 are likely to affect hundreds of facilities in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has estimated that 141 sources will need to install additional pollution... 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

Does Preemption Prevent Redress For Homeowners Impacted By Polluters' Air Emissions?
Posted on 2 Dec 2013 by William A. Ruskin

On April 23, 2012, residents of rural Muscatine, Iowa filed a class action lawsuit titled, Laurie Freeman et al. v. Grain Processing Corporation (case no. LACV 021232), in the Iowa District Court for Muscatine County. The defendant, Grain Processing Corporation... Read More

Marten Law: Challenges to EPA's Controversial Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Move Forward
Posted on 9 Mar 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Dustin Till In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Dustin Till reviews the EPA's attempt to regulate emissions from power plants in "upwind" states based upon allegations that air quality in "downwind" states is affected. The EPA's... Read More

Troutman Sanders: EPA Issues Strict New Cross-State Air Pollution Rule for Power Plants
Posted on 14 Jul 2011 by Troutman Sanders

On July 7, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") issued new rules requiring power plants in 27 eastern, mid-western, and southern states to cut emissions of nitrogen oxide by 54% and sulfur dioxide by 73% from 2005 levels by... 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

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