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Study warns of potential increase in global mercury emissions, which would impact animals in Arctic region
Posted on 15 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

An assessment by a scientific body set up by the eight Arctic rim countries has projected that global mercury emissions could grow by 25% by 2020 if no action is taken to control such emissions, posing a threat to polar bears, whales, and seals and the... Read More

Evidence supports association between methylmercury exposure and adverse cardiovascular impacts
Posted on 15 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Traditionally, when one considers exposure to methylmercury, adverse impacts upon the brain and kidneys are foremost in any risk assessment. See, for example, http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=113&tid=24 . Given the state of the evidence... Read More

Pepper Hamilton: How Are We Doing? The Mercury Story
Posted on 27 Feb 2013 by Pepper Hamilton Environmental Law Practice Group

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel , Pepper Hamilton LLP The late Ed Koch (former mayor of New York) famously used to ask his constituents "How am I doing?" Answering this question is also prudent (if not required) in evaluating environmental... Read More

When vanity is dangerous -- skin-lightening creams and mercury exposure
Posted on 1 Jun 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

It has always amazed me the extent to which individuals are not satisfied with their physical appearance; this dissatisfaction is the foundation of much cosmetic surgery. However, it also has dangerous implications. After decades of warnings, individuals... Read More

Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Mercury Rule: Utilities Wins the Battle, But Lose the War
Posted on 13 Jul 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Jessica J.O. King The Clean Air Act requires EPA to regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants if the agency determines that such “regulation is appropriate and necessary” after studying the hazards... Read More

Supreme Court - EPA Must Consider Costs before Regulating Mercury Emissions from Power Plants
Posted on 6 Aug 2015 by Babst Calland

On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Michigan v. EPA, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to properly consider compliance costs... 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. The... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates EPA’s Regulation of Mercury from Power Plants
Posted on 3 Aug 2015 by Gabrielle Sigel

On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis... Read More

How the Supreme Court Just Delayed the Clean Power Plan
Posted on 3 Aug 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By Tricia Caliguire The Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. EPA , [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], holding that the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered costs when... Read More

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

EPA Issues First National Standards for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants
Posted on 28 Dec 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Historic 'mercury and air toxics standards' meet 20-year old requirement to cut dangerous smokestack emissions WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the first national... Read More

"Capacious" Term Dooms MATS Rule - Does It Say Anything About the Clean Power Plan?
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald The Energy Information Agency predicted the retirement of up to 60 gigawatts of coal-fired electricity generation by 2020. A significant contributor to that evolution was the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard or MATS Rule. Until... Read More

Michigan v. EPA – Setting the Stage for The Clean Power Plan and WOTUS
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

On June 28, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court filed its 5-4 ruling on the challenge to US EPA Mercury Air Toxics (MATS) rule. Michigan, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., No. 14-46 . http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-46_10n2.pdf... Read More

Pepper Hamilton: Nike, Adidas Pledge to Stop Toxic Discharges from Supply Chain by 2020 – A Pledge that May Be Easier to Make than Keep
Posted on 31 May 2012 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP A number of companies (Adidas Group, C&A, G-Star, H&M, Li Ning, Nike Inc., and Puma) have pledged to eliminate hazardous chemical discharges from their factories by 2020. Specifically, they... Read More

Marten Law: EPA Proposes New Rules for Power Plant Emissions
Posted on 16 Aug 2010 by Dustin T Till

By Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Group PLLC “A new rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants in Eastern and Midwestern states. Known as the Transport Rule, EPA's... Read More