Jacob Hollinger

Jacob Hollinger

McDermott Will & Emery

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An Update on EPA’s Approach to Methane Emissions from the Oil & Gas Sector – Including a Summary of the Agency’s Proposed New...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce between now and December 31, 2014 its plan for pursuing methane reductions from the oil and gas sector – including whether it will propose new emission...more

12/4/2014 - EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Methane National Emissions Standards Oil & Gas Proposed Regulation Regulatory Agenda Reporting Requirements

EPA Proposes to Eliminate Affirmative Defenses for Many Clean Air Act Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule on September 5, 2014 that would prevent states from including affirmative defenses in their Clean Air Act state implementation plans (SIPs) for emissions...more

9/17/2014 - Affirmative Defenses Clean Air Act EPA Proposed Regulation Sierra Club SIP

International News: Focus on Mining and Metals

In This Issue: - Features ..Investors in Africa Benefit from Regional Trading Blocs ..Understanding the COMESA Merger Control Regime ..Protecting Your UK Business Against Departing...more

9/17/2014 - Africa Brand China Coal COMESA Cross-Border Environmental Policies Metals Mining Multinationals Natural Resources Private Equity Trademarks UK

The Supreme Court’s Greenhouse Gas Permitting Decision – What Does It Mean?

The U.S. Supreme Court today partly upheld and partly rejected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s federal Clean Air Act permitting regulations governing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources. The...more

6/24/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Climate Change Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA Wind Power

The Third Piece of EPA’s Clean Power Plan: GHG Emission Limits for Modified and Reconstructed Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for “new” and “existing” power plants have received substantial media attention, but regulated parties should also be aware of the third...more

6/17/2014 - Barack Obama Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Climate Action Plan Electricity Energy Policy Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas Power Plants Renewable Energy RGGI

EPA’s Proposed Power Plant Regulations – Simpler Than You Think

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-anticipated proposal for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants on June 2, 2014, to much fanfare. The proposal is simpler than it...more

6/5/2014 - Barack Obama Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Climate Action Plan Energy Policy Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants Renewable Energy RGGI

EPA’s Next Generation Compliance Initiative – The Agency’s Latest Proposed Rule for Refineries Shows the Initiative in Action and...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a proposed rule that illustrates several of the agency’s Next Generation Compliance ideas in action. The proposed rule concerns hazardous air pollutant (HAP)...more

5/28/2014 - Air Pollution Carbon Emissions Chemicals EPA Oil & Gas Petrochemicals Proposed Regulation Refineries

Wind Farms and Eagle “Take” Permits – Litigation is Coming Over the New “30-Year” Permit Rule

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently changed its eagle “take” permitting rules to allow wind developers to apply for 30-year take permits; previously, such permits, which allow the incidental killing of eagles,...more

5/6/2014 - American Bird Conservancy Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act ESA Listings Fish and Wildlife Service NEPA Permits Renewable Energy Wind Power

CSAPR Reinstated, But Some Upwind States May Be Able to Bring As-Applied Challenges

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule, otherwise known as CSAPR or the “Transport Rule,” reversing a lower court decision that had vacated that rule. The...more

4/30/2014 - Cross-State Air Pollution EPA SCOTUS Transport Rule

The President’s Methane Reduction Strategy – Here’s What Energy Companies Need to Know

President Obama recently released a Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions (Strategy) that sets forth a multi-pronged plan for reducing methane emissions both domestically and globally. Domestically, the plan is to focus on...more

4/18/2014 - Climate Action Plan Climate Change Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions Methane Oil & Gas

Deadline Extended to Submit Comments on EPA’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it is extending until May 9, 2014, the deadline for submitting comments on its proposed rule to set greenhouse gas emission limits for new coal- and gas-fired...more

2/28/2014 - Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

What’s in the Air this Year? Here Is What You Need to Know About the Clean Air Act in 2014

This year promises many important developments with respect to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation and enforcement of the federal Clean Air Act. Here are some major enforcement trends and regulatory...more

1/31/2014 - Air Pollution Clean Air Act Enforcement Actions EPA

Greenhouse Gas Limits for New Power Plants – Comments due to EPA by March 10, 2014

Yesterday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to set greenhouse gas emissions limits for new coal-fired and natural gas-fired power plants was published in the Federal Register. This proposal...more

1/10/2014 - Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

What is the Social Cost of Carbon? OMB is now Taking Comments on that Issue.

The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is now seeking public comment on how the United States government should calculate the “social cost of carbon” – the dollar figure used by federal agencies to estimate the...more

11/27/2013 - Carbon Emissions Climate Change DOE Economic Impact Analysis EPA OMB

The President’s New Climate Change Executive Order – What Does it Mean for the Energy Sector?

President Obama issued a new climate change-related executive order on November 1, creating a new interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and directing all federal agencies to focus on improving the...more

11/7/2013 - Climate Change DOE Environmental Policies EPA Executive Orders

Environmental Challenges to Exporting Coal from the United States

Chesapeake Climate Action Network v. Export-Import Bank of the United States highlights how failure to follow the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 can result in delays to coal export endeavors. As recent news...more

10/24/2013 - Coal Environmental Claims Environmental Policies Exports Investigations NEPA

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