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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

Court Orders EPA to Promulgate Air Toxics Standards: A Taste of What’s to Come?

On March 22, 2017, federal Judge Christopher Cooper ordered EPA to promulgate emissions standards for 13 sources of hazardous air pollutants by June 30, 2020. EPA admitted that it missed statutory deadlines to do so; the...more

“Final warning” on Air pollution from the European Commission

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 15 February 2017, the European Commission (the Commission) sent final warnings (a Reasoned Opinion) to France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom for failing to comply with the air pollution limits for nitrogen...more

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

by Stoel Rives LLP on

February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been and will continue to monitor bills...more

Maine DEP Plans to Tighten Opacity Standards in Response to EPA SIP Call

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

You think maintaining compliance with opacity standards is a challenge now – just wait. As anyone who has started a campfire knows, opacity (the density of the smoke) tends to be high when starting and ending fuel burning,...more

Ontario simplifies approval process surrounding air contaminant emissions

by DLA Piper on

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) filed the first regulation in Ontario of 2017: Ontario Regulation 1/17 (the “Regulation”). The Regulation simplifies the approval process for certain activities...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California sues to block offshore oil hydraulic fracturing - OC Register - Dec 20 - California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the California Coastal Commission filed...more

EPA Proposes To Tighten MACT Limits For Kraft Mills

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On December 14, 2016, EPA signed its proposed Kraft Pulp Residual Risk and Technology Review rule covering 40 C.F.R. Part 63, Subpart MM (a.k.a. “MACT II”) for recovery furnaces, lime kilns and smelt dissolving tanks at kraft...more

A Reminder of the Progress We’ve Made

Given how easy it can be to get discouraged about progress in addressing climate change, I think it’s helpful periodically to remember how much progress the U.S. has made in fighting air pollution. It thus seemed useful to...more

Environmental Case Law Update

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” Many important environmental and administrative law decisions were reported by the federal and state courts over the past six months. The courts are dealing with very...more

EPA Report Addresses Voluntary Strategies for Reducing Air Pollution at U.S. Ports

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

As part of its initiative to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases at U.S. ports, the EPA recently released a report that assesses strategies for pollution control and sustainable growth. The “National Port Strategy...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - SoCal air board proposes stricter regulations for smog-reduction plan - Los Angeles Times - Oct 7 - The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) released a...more

EPA Issues “National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports”

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On September 22, 2016, EPA issued a report titled “National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports” (the “Assessment”).[1] According to EPA, the Assessment supports the goal of...more

Aviation emissions – new global deal looks likely

by Dentons on

Government officials are negotiating a market-based mechanism to reduce emissions in the international aviation industry. Ministers from over 190 countries have gathered at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s...more

Clean Power Plan has its day in court - Will the D.C. Circuit uphold EPA’s landmark CO2 regulations?

by Dentons on

In a marathon day-long session before a packed courtroom (and a number of overflow rooms) on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the full US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit heard oral arguments in a litigation challenging the...more

CEMEX Settlement Bolsters EPA Air Enforcement Initiative

by Williams Mullen on

Earlier this year, EPA announced revised National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) beginning October 1, 2016 for fiscal years 2017-2019. Among other areas of concentration, EPA’s NEIs include the expansion of a previous air...more

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