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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2014 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus: Coastal California residents using far less water - Associated Press - Nov 4: Residents in coastal communities use far less water than their inland counterparts, but still find ways to...more

Kentucky Federal Court Holds Tort Claims Not Preempted by Clean Air Act

State common law tort claims based on air emissions from a power plant are not preempted by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), according to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The court agreed to...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2014 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - Groups sue EPA over failure to reduce air pollution: KPCC - Oct 17: Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against the U.S. Environmental...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Environmental Groups’ RCRA Claims Against Railyard Operators

The Ninth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of claims by environmental groups attempting to characterize air emissions from California railyards as “disposal” of waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)....more

New Wave of State Law Air Pollution Torts?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Bell v. Cheswick could pave the way for more state common law air pollution tort suits and greater exposure for emitters. A new wave of state common law air pollution...more

The Fifth Circuit holds it lacks subject matter jurisdiction to hear petitions for review of Clean Air Act notices of violation

“Final actions” of the EPA under the Clean Air Act are subject to direct review by a United States Court of Appeals. 42 U.S.C. § 7607(b)(1). In a decision issued on July 3, 2014, in Luminant Generation Company, LLC v....more

U.S. Supreme Court Allows to Stand Ruling That Sources of Air Pollutants are Subject to State Common Law Tort Claims

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not review a decision by the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit allowing state common law tort claims against sources of air pollutants. This spells uncertainty...more

EPA May Be Regulating GHGs, But Private Litigation Still Looks to be On Shaky Ground

In a case of interesting timing, three days after EPA announced its proposed GHG rules for existing facilities, the D.C. Circuit affirmed dismissal of a case seeking an injunction against EPA and other federal defendants...more

House Subcommittee To Review EPA Emissions Plan

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power announced that it will hold a hearing to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power...more

EPA Approves Maricopa County’s Five Percent Dust Plan

On May 30, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Maricopa County’s proposed plan to meet federal air quality standards for particulate matter measuring ten microns or less (i.e., dust), known...more

Air Quality Law Alert: EPA Unveils Sweeping New CO2 Rules

Yesterday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced two new rules that will ultimately result in the application of carbon dioxide (CO2) standards to existing power plants. The first rule was proposed under Section 111(d) of...more

EPA proposes carbon goals for power plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed its plan to reduce carbon emissions from the nation's power plants by 30% below 2005 levels. Formally known as "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing...more

EPA Up 3-0 in Clean Air Cases: What it Means for Greenhouse Gas Regulations

The D.C. Circuit, by majority decision, upheld MATS, which requires coal- and oil-fired power plants to reduce emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, and other air pollutants. When the EPA adopted MATS in 2011, it did not...more

Panel Holds Agencies Can Deny Rulemaking Petitions Based On Timing And Budget

This week, a unanimous three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit held that the EPA reasonably denied a petition to initiate rulemaking that would have considered whether to include coal mines on the list of stationary air...more

Schoenbrod: SCOTUS Ruling Helps EPA Deal With a "Stupid Statute" [Video]

May 15, 2014 -- David Schoenbrod, professor at New York Law School, talks about the recent ruling at the United States Supreme Court preserving the Environmental Protection Agency's power to regulate power plant pollution...more

US Supreme Court Upholds Cross State Air Pollution Rules

The US Supreme Court issued a strong 6-2 ruling on April 29, 2014 which upheld proposed EPA regulations to regulate air pollution that crosses state boundaries under the Clean Air Act known as the “Cross-State Air Pollution...more

EPA Knows Which Way The Wind Blows

The immediate impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation LP, 2014 DJDAR (April 29, 5327), is that most power plants in the eastern half of the U.S. will face tighter limits on air...more

Supreme Court Affirms Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, Reversing D.C. Circuit

One of the long-running questions in the administration of the Clean Air Act is the extent to which EPA can implement the Act through market-based mechanisms, such as cap-and-trade programs. Yesterday, the Supreme Court...more

Facing Two Strikes, EPA Gets a Hit: Supreme Court Upholds EPA Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Two years ago, we reported that the D.C. Circuit vacated and remanded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) second attempt at regulation of air pollution crossing state borders. Facing two strikes, EPA swung for...more

Supreme Court Upholds EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR)

In a 6-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld EPA's justification for the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), breathing life back into the rule that had been vacated by the DC Circuit. The Court made several...more

Supreme Court Issues Landmark Clean Air Act Ruling, Revives Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

On April 29, 2014, in a very significant 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR or the Rule), overturning a 2012 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision invalidating the Rule....more

Environmental Alert: "Supreme Court Reverses DC Court of Appeals; Finds EPA’s Basis for CSAPR to be Reasonable"

The United States Supreme Court has reversed the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit regarding EPA’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). Texas was one of many entities who argued that CSAPR was not consistent with Clean...more

Supreme Court Upholds EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

On April 29, the Supreme Court issued a 6-2 decision upholding EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (often known as the “Transport Rule”) implementing the Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor” provision. That provision requires...more

The Shale Play Today - May 2014

In This Issue: - Climate Action Plan Breathes New Life into Oil & Gas Air Regulations - Major Natural Gas Power Plant Announcement Indicates Different Uses for Marcellus & Utica Shale Gas - Natural Gas Expanding...more

Cement Kiln Operators Better Hope that Their Control Technology Works: D.C. Circuit Vacates EPA’s Affirmative Defense Rule

Last week was hazardous air pollutant regulation week at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. First, as we reported, the Court affirmed EPA’s mercury air toxics rule, determining that EPA need not take cost into account in...more

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