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EPA Excludes Carbon Dioxide Waste Streams from RCRA - A (Very Small) Step Forward for CCS
Posted on 30 Jan 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald The Congress may be dysfunctional but the administrative agencies are still moving the ball. A case in point is last month's Christmas present from EPA to the carbon capture and storage community. On December 17 EPA issued... Read More

UNFCCC makes major step towards incentivising wetland restoration
Posted on 18 Jun 2010 by Malcolm Dowden

By Malcolm Dowden, Solicitor and Environmental Law Consultant Despite widespread disappointment at the outcome of last year’s climate change summit in Copenhagen, quiet but significant progress has been made on issues such as reducing emissions... Read More

Clean Power Plan Published; Appeals Period Begins
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register Friday, triggering a 60-day appeals period. Petitioners will have until December 22, 2015, to file appeals of the Clean Power Plan in the U.S... Read More

Jenner & Block: New Guidance On Social Cost Of Carbon
Posted on 25 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

By E. Lynn Grayson , Partner, Jenner & Block The Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Carbon - a multiple federal agency initiative - has issued new guidance on the social cost of carbon to estimate the climate benefits of any rulemakings... Read More

Cadwalader Clients & Friends Memo: Recent Developments in Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Posted on 25 Jul 2013 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

The Supreme Court Grants EPA’s Petition for Certiorari in Transport Rule Case, and President Obama Issues Executive Directive to EPA Regarding Carbon Emissions On Monday, June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the petition of the U.S.... Read More

State Impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan Rule
Posted on 31 Jul 2014 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

By Teresa Kim Schmittberger The Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") has proposed the new Clean Power Plan Rule, which has been touted as President Obama's most significant environmental proposal to date. The main goal of the Clean... Read More

Marten Law: Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards Proposed For Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucks to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Posted on 30 Nov 2010 by amoir

By Alyssa Moir, Marten Law Group PLLC In this Emerging Issues Commentary, Alyssa Moir writes that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) have jointly proposed the first-ever... Read More

United States Supreme Court Reverses Second Circuit Decision that Permitted States’ Lawsuits Over Greenhouse Gases
Posted on 20 Jun 2011 by Shane Dilworth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 unanimously reversed a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that allowed five states to pursue lawsuits under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that sought court-imposed limits on the greenhouse... Read More

Podcast - Legal News - Supreme Court Holds Clean Air Act and EPA Trump State Nuisance Lawsuits - AEP v. Connecticut
Posted on 21 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

The U.S. Supreme Court reverses a 2nd Circuit ruling allowing states' lawsuits over greenhouse gas emissions, and the high court reverses certification of a WalMart gender class. Listen to the third story on the podcast for this historic greenhouse... Read More

Today's Supreme Court Decision in AEP v. Connecticut
Posted on 20 Jun 2011 by Michael B Gerrard

Here is my instant analysis of the decision just issued by the Supreme Court in American Electric Power v. Connecticut , the case in which several states and others sought a court order requiring several large electric utilities to reduce their greenhouse... Read More

EPA Proposes First Carbon Emissions Limits for Power Plants
Posted on 11 Jun 2014 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan, which would impose the first federal limits on carbon-dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from power plants in the United States.[1] The proposed rules, which the EPA published... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New York Passes Innovative Financing Mechanism for Improving Building Energy Efficiency
Posted on 2 Jul 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On June 22, 2011, the New York State Legislature passed The Power NY Act of 2011 (A. 8510/S. 5844) (PNY Act).[1] Governor Cuomo is expected to sign it. The new law, once enacted... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Environmental Impact Analysis and the Keystone XL Pipeline Project
Posted on 12 Jul 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

On June 6, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its latest comments and rating on the State Department's Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Keystone XL project, a major new oil pipeline being developed... 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

Acidification of Oceans May Affect the Brains of Fish
Posted on 28 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Yesterday's post noted some of the adverse consequences that are likely to arise from acidification of oceans. Another recent study shows that such acidification can influence the behavior of fish because of impacts on their brains; the response of... Read More