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D.C. Circuit Upholds Power Plant Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

The D.C. Circuit has upheld a 2012 EPA rule limiting air toxics emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The rule, commonly known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or “MATS,” requires new and existing coal-...more

4/16/2014 - Carbon Emissions Coal-Fired Plants Discharge of Pollutants EPA MATS Oil & Gas

Why Exxon Case Will Likely Become A Plaintiff Favorite

For decades, commentators have warned that California’s discovery rule exception has been swallowing statutes of limitations. See, e.g., Stephen V. O'Neil, Accrual of Statutes of Limitations: California's Discovery Exceptions...more

11/13/2013 - Contaminated Properties Discovery Rule Environmental Liability Statute of Limitations

Three West Coast States Join with British Columbia in Regional Climate Pact

On October 28, 2013, the states of California, Oregon, and Washington joined with the Canadian province of British Columbia to sign a regional agreement that promises to coordinate long-term climate policy, including the...more

10/29/2013 - Cap-and-Trade Carbon Pricing Carbon Taxes Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regional Climate Pact

Supreme Court Agrees to Review EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Rules for Stationary Sources

Earlier today, the Supreme Court announced that it would review the EPA’s decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as power plants and industrial facilities. The Court granted certiorari...more

10/15/2013 - Clean Air Act EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits SCOTUS

A Powerful New Tool For Brownfield Cleanup

California cities and counties have acquired a powerful new tool to clean up contaminated “brownfields” sites. On Oct. 5, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 440, legislation that gives local government agencies in the...more

10/14/2013 - AB 440 Brownfield Properties CERCLA Department of Toxic Substances Control Environmental Liability Hazardous Substances Redevelopment Remediation

CARB Releases Draft Update of Climate Change Scoping Plan

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released a discussion draft of the First Update of California’s Climate Change Scoping Plan for public review and comment....more

10/3/2013 - Cap-and-Trade CARB Climate Change Scoping

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