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Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Garland County, Arkansas Rubber Products Manufacturing Facility...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Alliance Rubber Company (“ARC”) entered into a September 13th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing an alleged violation of an air permit. See LIS No....more

Seven Months into the Trump Administration, Outlook of Controversial Obama-Era Ozone Standard Remains Hazy

by Snell & Wilmer on

The status of a controversial rule establishing more stringent ambient air quality standards for ozone—promulgated by former President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—remains unclear following a series of...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California attorney general sues EPA over records on administrator - Washington Post - Aug 11 - California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

How Due Process Will Wither and Die under California’s New Air Contaminant Law: AB 1132 Authorizes Air Districts to Shut Down...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1132 (“AB 1132”) into law on August 7, 2017. The bill, authored by Democratic Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, adds Section 42451.5 to the Health and Safety Code which authorizes air...more

Legislative Update: Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Below are the latest updates on a list of bills, summarized pursuant to the...more

House Approves 8-Year Delay of Obama-era Ozone Standards

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On July 18th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill updating the Clean Air Act and delaying implementing Obama-era ozone reduction regulations until 2024. The “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017” H.R. 806...more

Proposed Draft Legislation Clamps Down on Soil Pollution in China

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 22 June 2017, Chinese legislators released draft proposals to combat soil pollution in China at a bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. The legislation complements the State...more

State Legislature Reaches Agreement on Extension of the Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program; Stops the Bay Area Air Quality...

by Downey Brand LLP on

As posted in CEQA Chronicles, on July 17, 2017 the California legislature approved an extension of the state’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program from 2020 to 2030. Cap-and-trade is a key program in the state’s efforts to...more

EPA Fails to Justify Its Use of Surrogates for Certain Hazardous Air Pollutants

July 18, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals remanded EPA’s MACT standards for PCBs, polycyclic organic matter, and hexachlorobenzene to EPA. Rather than setting specific MACT standards for these compounds, EPA regulated...more

Revised California Air Resources Board (CARB) Enforcement Policy

CARB is in the process of revising their existing Enforcement Policy. They have been holding a series of informal workshops to update the policy consistent with current statutes. CARB’s current plan is to adopt this updated...more

Will Tougher Environmental Laws Mean Measurable Change for Pollution in China?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In reforming and updating its environmental laws, China has until recently been focusing on air pollution. Attention is now turning to addressing water and soil pollution as well....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court upholds restrictions on Encinitas seawall - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 6 - The California Supreme Court dealt a blow Thursday to two coastal property...more

Marijuana Facilities Are Subject to Odor and Other Air Pollution Regulations in Washington State

The Washington Clean Air Act governs air emissions and that includes the production and processing of marijuana. Whether the regulatory body is the Washington Department of Ecology or one of seven regional clean air agencies...more

Put Aside Global Warming and Consider Evidence That Air Pollution in the U.S. Harms Local Populations

by Burr & Forman on

Last Thursday, National Public Radio reported on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which offers evidence that air pollution continues to kill thousands in the United States every year. ...more

Up in the Air - Will EPA rulemaking on carbon emission design standards for aircraft be the next Obama climate initiative on the...

Trump Administration officials followed up on the President’s June 1 announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord by announcing that the Administration was reviewing U.S. participation in ICAO’s global...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Better Buildings Challenge partners save $1.9 billion - Proud Green Building - May 16 - According to a new report, some 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the...more

Revised MACT Standards Coming for 13 HAP Sources

by Williams Mullen on

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently ordered EPA to update the maximum achievable control technology (MACT) emission standards for 13 sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). The order was...more

Appeals Court Decision Requires Air Emissions Reporting for Animal Waste

by Jackson Walker on

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit vacated a 2008 EPA rule, which had exempted certain agricultural operations from federal air emission reporting requirements...more

Ministry of Environmental Protection Steps-up "War on Pollution"

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Earlier this month, during a round of surprise inspections, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection Zhao Yangmin publicly shamed the city officials of Langfang, a city in Hebei province, for failing to...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump signs executive order to expand drilling off America’s coasts - Washington Post - Apr 28 - President Trump signed an executive order Friday that aims to expand offshore...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Union of Concerned Scientists tracks renewables by state - Power Markets Today - Apr 21 - The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report yesterday called "Clean Energy Momentum" that...more

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 2

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and healthcare to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4 billion...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Appeals court upholds California’s cap-and-trade system - Sacramento Bee - Apr 6 - A state appeals court handed a major victory to California’s signature climate-change program on...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama’s climate-change record - Washington Post - Mar 28 - President Trump on Tuesday took the most significant step yet in obliterating...more

Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy Outlines a Role for POTWs in Organic Waste Diversion

by Downey Brand LLP on

Climate Change Law - In its recently adopted Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Strategy, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) identifies POTWs as key components of the state’s strategy to reduce methane...more

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