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Major Changes Proposed for Shale Gas Fracking
Posted on 25 Aug 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Advisors to US Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, have recommended major changes to improve regulation and environmental performance of shale gas fracturing (fracking) in the US. Public consultation is continuing... Read More

Environmental Protection Agency Modifies Air Quality Standards for Ozone
Posted on 12 Oct 2015 by Troutman Sanders

On October 1, 2015 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) adopted a more stringent air quality standard for ground-level ozone emissions that reduces the national standard from 75 parts per billion (“ppb”) to... Read More

EPA Proposes More Stringent Ozone Standards
Posted on 6 Jan 2015 by Babst Calland

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed a proposed rule to promulgate more stringent primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. The proposed rule would limit air ozone concentrations to between 65... Read More

Tags: NAAQS , air , quality , ambient , ozone , EPA

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

EPA Proposes to Redesignate Charlotte Area to Attainment for Ozone Standard
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Ryan W. Trail On May 21, 2015, EPA proposed to approve the State of North Carolina’s request to redesignate its portion of the bi-state, Charlotte-Rock Hill 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (the “Area”), to attainment for the... Read More

EPA Settles With Costco To Cut Ozone-Depleting And Greenhouse Gas Refrigerant Emissions Nationwide
Posted on 10 Sep 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Costco Wholesale Corporation, one of the nation’s largest retailers, has agreed to cut its emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse gases from leaking refrigeration equipment at more than half of its stores nationwide. In a settlement with... 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

Northeastern States Seek to Force Upwind States to Join the Ozone Transport Region
Posted on 14 Jan 2014 by Williams Mullen

BY: LYNNE C. RHODE Stating that they “face pervasive ozone nonattainment problems,” eight Northeastern states on December 9, 2013 petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to add nine upwind states to the... 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

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

Major Changes Proposed for Shale Gas Fracking
Posted on 25 Aug 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Advisors to US Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, have recommended major changes to improve regulation and environmental performance of shale gas fracturing (fracking) in the US. Public consultation is continuing... Read More

Cattle feed can contribute to increased rural ozone levels
Posted on 31 May 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As noted in prior posts, livestock operations are often associated with polluting streams and groundwater. Manure lagoons not only are associated with odor, but because of the nitrogen and phosphorus produced are associated with dead zones in streams... Read More

Arctic ozone deficiency gets severe and moves beyond the Arctic region
Posted on 14 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

If you thought that limitations on CFC production and usage would solve the ozone "hole" problem, unfortunately you were mistaken. A number of factors play a role. First, as noted in prior posts, some of the replacement chemicals turn out to... Read More

What is the source of the oceans' production of N2O, a potent GHG?
Posted on 7 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The oceans emit an estimated 30% of the nitrous oxide (N2O) entering the atmosphere. Nitrous oxide gives rise to NO (nitric oxide) when it reacts with oxygen atoms, and this NO in turn reacts with ozone. As a result, N2O is the main naturally occurring... 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