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Troutman Sanders LLP: EPA Issues Strict New Cross-State Air Pollution Rule for Power Plants

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 the time the rules take full effect in 2014. The...

Energy Secretary's Advisors Recommend Major Changes to Improve Regulation of Shale Gas Fracking

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, and the final report will be released in November...

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: President Obama Withdraws Proposal to Lower the Ozone NAAQS

By Bob Greenslade and Patricia Finn Braddock On September 2, 2011, President Obama directed Lisa Jackson, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"), to withdraw the agency's proposal to lower the primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard ("NAAQS"...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio EPA Finalizes General Air Permit for Oil & Natural Gas Production Wells

By Katerina E. Milenkovski On February 1, 2012, Ohio EPA issued a final general air permit for oil and natural gas production well sites . The general permit covers a variety of emissions sources found at most shale gas well sites, including internal combustion engines, generators, dehydration systems...

Cadwalader Friends & Clients Memo: EPA Proposes CO2 Emissions Standards for New Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Generators

By Gregory Lawrence , Athena Eastwood , Joseph Williams and Tory Lauterbach On March 27, 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") submitted for publication in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking that would set standards of performance for CO2 gas emissions for new...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Court Reverses EPA Decision to Aggregate Air Sources from Natural Gas Operations

By Armando Benincasa In an important decision on August 7th related to the aggregation of air emissions in the oil and gas industry, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision by the United States Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] which would have required Summit Petroleum Corporation...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Final NSPS for Oil and Gas Industry Published in Federal Register

By Armando F. Benincasa The final New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas sector was published in the Federal Register and will become effective on October 15, 2012. The key component of the final rules is a requirement to use "reduced emissions completion"...