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EPA Affirms Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 29 denied 10 petitions challenging its Dec. 7 determination that greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to public health and must be regulated under the Clean Air Act. The finding allows the federal government to regulate...

Government Urges Dismissal Of Carbon Dioxide Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The federal government on Aug. 25 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a lower court decision to reinstate two lawsuits seeking to limit carbon dioxide emissions, arguing that new greenhouse gas regulations have displaced public nuisance cause of actions ( American...

Feds Sue Pennsylvania Coal Plant Operators Over Pollution

HOMER CITY, Pa. - (AP) The federal government on Thursday sued several companies over a coal-burning electricity generating plant, calling it "one of the largest air pollution sources in the nation" and asking the court to keep it from operating unless it meets Clean Air Act standards. The...

EPA Pursues Michigan's Largest Coal-Fired Plant

MONROE, Mich. - (AP) A Michigan utility spent $65 million last year replacing key parts at the state's largest coal-fired power plant. When regulators found out, they hauled the company into court for what it didn't do: Spend millions more at the same time to greatly eliminate air pollution....

New Climate Change Case Headed To U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Obama administration and environmental interests generally agree that global warming is a threat that must be dealt with. But they're on opposite sides of a Supreme Court case over the ability of states and groups such as the Audubon Society that want to sue large electric...

BP Agrees To $25 Million Penalty For 2006 Alaska Spills

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) BP's subsidiary in Alaska will pay a $25 million civil penalty under a settlement announced Tuesday that comes five years after more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from company pipelines on the North Slope. The penalty is the largest per barrel civil penalty assessed...

BP Exploration Alaska To Pay $25 Million For North Slope Oil Spill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on May 4 announced that BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. will pay $25 million in civil penalties...

High Court Reverses 2nd Circuit Ruling Allowing States' Lawsuits Over Greenhouse Gases

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 gas (GHG) emissions discharged by a number...

Alston & Bird LLP's Jonathan Wells On The Suprme Court's American Electric Power Ruling

By Jonathan Wells , Senior Associate, Alston & Bird LLP The United States Supreme Court has ruled that federal courts cannot use the federal common law of nuisance to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. In American Electric Power v. Connecticut, No. 10-174, 540 U.S. ___ (2011), the Court reversed...

EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules Unanimously Backed By Federal Appeals Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A panel of the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 26 found that rules and findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars, light trucks and large, stationary emission producers are neither...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Clean Air Transport Rule Thrown Out

Author: Katerina E. Milenkovski The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit yesterday vacated US EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, finding that it violates federal law. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, commonly referred to as CSAPR or the Clean Air Transport...

Williams Mullen Alert: D.C. Circuit Rejects EPA's Latest Attempt to Curb Interstate Air Pollution

BY: SEAN M. SULLIVAN For the second time in five years, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has thrown out EPA's scheme to prevent upwind states' emissions from interfering with their downwind neighbors' efforts to comply with the National Ambient Air...

High Court Hears Arguments On EPA’s Ability To Regulate Greenhouse Gases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 24 heard oral arguments on whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its bounds by regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as power plants ( Utility Air Regulatory Group v. U.S. Environmental...