Jon Costantino

Jon Costantino

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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Reducing Carbon Emissions from Power Plants Goes National (but stays local)

Yesterday, U.S. EPA released the long-awaited greenhouse gas (GHG) proposed rule for existing power plants across the nation. The proposed rule establishes state-by-state 2030 GHG goals (except for Vermont, which doesn’t have...more

6/3/2014 - Carbon Emissions Energy Energy Policy Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

Environmental Law - Mar 14, 2014: California Proposes Inaugural List of Priority Products to Be Regulated by the Safer Consumer...

After years in the making, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its list of the first group of Priority Products it proposes to regulate under the California Safer Consumer Products...more

3/14/2014 - Children's Products Department of Toxic Substances Control Green Chemistry Hazardous Substances

President Obama Announces Administration’s Climate Vision

In a much anticipated speech, President Obama addressed the issue of climate change and what the United States will be doing about it the future. His vision could be described as a collection of ideas new and old, both...more

6/27/2013 - Barack Obama Climate Change Energy Policy EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Proposed Legislation

California's Cap and Trade Program Goes to Court Again

The other shoe finally dropped. The much-speculated and much-anticipated “tax vs. fee” AB 32 Cap and Trade lawsuit has finally been filed. A diverse coalition of businesses and trade groups filed a lawsuit in a state superior...more

4/22/2013 - Cap-and-Trade GHG Auction State Taxes

California Cap and Trade Auction #2 Results

Last week, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) held its second Cap and Trade Allowance Auction (auction) of the program, and the first one since carbon obligations started accruing January 1 for compliance entities. ...more

2/27/2013 - Cap-and-Trade CARB Carbon Auctions CPUC GHG Auction Greenhouse Gas Emissions

California Marching Toward Adoption of Green Chemistry Regulations

More than two years behind schedule, with no one apparently satisfied with the form of its regulations, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) appears to be taking the final steps toward adopting its...more

2/21/2013 - Department of Toxic Substances Control Green Chemistry Safer Consumer Product Regulations

Price on Carbon Set in California

Six years after the passage of AB 32, the world finally knows what a metric ton of carbon emissions costs in California, when the California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) released the results of the November 14, 2012,...more

11/20/2012

California Voters Approve Tax Methodology Change to Benefit Energy Projects

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, California voters approved Proposition 39-THE CALIFORNIA CLEAN ENERGY JOBS ACT. Proposition 39 changes the way taxes are assessed for companies with multistate operations. This change is...more

11/15/2012

CARB Sued on Cap and Trade Revenues on Eve of First Auction

It has been rumored for weeks that a Cap and Trade lawsuit was imminent. The questions were: who would file the lawsuit, when, and on what grounds? Those questions were answered, at least in part, today. The case is...more

11/14/2012

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