Christopher Rissetto

Christopher Rissetto

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Does the Supreme Court’s Opinion in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. (June 23, 2014)...

Background – The Tailoring Rule: On May 13, 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a final rule requiring new or modified stationary sources of Greenhouse Gas (“GHG”) emissions located...more

6/30/2014 - BACT Clean Air Act Climate Change Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits Power Plants SCOTUS Title V Utilities Sector Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA

Business Implications under U.S. Supreme Court’s Affirmance of EPA’s Transport Rule

The Supreme Court Decision - On April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, upheld a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation that seeks to lower cross-state air pollution. (EPA v. EME Homer...more

5/6/2014 - Clean Air Act Cross-State Air Pollution EPA EPA v EME Homer City NAAQS SCOTUS Transport Rule

Proposed Rule from EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seeks To Expand Federal Jurisdiction of Water

After years of study, litigation, controversy – and mayhem – the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”), on April 21, 2014, jointly published, for comment, a new definition of “waters of...more

5/5/2014 - Clean Air Act EPA Federal Jurisdiction Jurisdiction Proposed Regulation US Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the United States

TIGER roars again! $600 million in funding available for transportation projects

The Department of Transportation ("DOT") is once again soliciting requests for surface transportation infrastructure projects. This began in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“Recovery Act”) under the Grants...more

3/25/2014 - DOT Infrastructure Public Projects TIGER Program

The Battle Over EPA’s Proposed New Source Performance Standards For Coal Fired EGUs: Adequately Demonstrated or Impermissible...

On September 20, 2013, EPA, under the authority of section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), re-proposed its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for CO2 emissions from coal-fired utility boilers and integrated...more

10/4/2013 - Carbon Capture and Sequestration Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Coal-Fired Generation Electricity EPA Natural Gas

EPA Enters into the 21st Century with New Clean Water Act Reporting Requirements

Clean Water Act Discharge Permits to go Electronic - Since the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements were first adopted by EPA back in 1972, the program has undergone significant...more

8/20/2013 - Clean Water Act Databases Discharge of Pollutants Disclosure Requirements Electronic Records EPA NPDES Permits

I’ll go first. The Obama Administration Issues Executive Order on Chemical Safety in the Aftermath of the Tragedy in West, Texas

In the aftermath of the April fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 14 people, the Obama Administration has taken the first steps toward a regulatory response aimed at strengthening the oversight of chemical...more

8/15/2013 - Chemicals DHS EPA Executive Orders Hazardous Substances Obama Administration Risk Management Safety Precautions

Take Notice – President Obama Can Take Meaningful Steps To Address Climate Change Without the Explicit Approval of Congress

Whether President Obama’s Climate Action Plan is a repackaging of existing efforts, entirely new programs, or something in between, the president has the political advantage because Congress’ possible responses are limited....more

7/11/2013 - Barack Obama Carbon Emissions Climate Action Plan Climate Change Energy & Climate Debates EPA Power Plants USEPA

Chemical Plant Safety: Will There Be Renewed Demand for Federal Regulation?

Introduction - The global demand for natural resources continues unabated. As revenues increase and profits soar in the face of this demand, there has been a resurgence of “resource nationalism” with resource-rich host...more

5/27/2013 - Chemicals EPA Natural Resources Safety Precautions

IRS Issues Guidance on Application Process for Tax Credits for Manufacturers of Renewable Energy Property

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Recovery Act") added a number of significant new tax incentives for businesses engaged in the renewable energy market, including a program that provides a tax credit to...more

3/13/2013 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act DOE Manufacturers Renewable Energy Tax Incentives

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