Air Quality Standards

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EPA Will Consider Whether To Propose Ultrafine Particle Air Quality Standard

Recent comments by EPA officials suggest that the agency will consider whether it should, for the first time, set a standard for “ultrafine” particles when it reviews its particulate matter national ambient air quality...more

Texas Environmental Update - February 28, 2014

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated...more

Virginia Environmental Regulatory Developments (January 2014)

STATE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL BOARD - A. Final Regulations 1. 9VAC5-50. New and Modified Stationary Sources (Rev. I13) (amending 9VAC5-50-400, 9VAC5-50-410). Statutory Authority: § 10.1-1308 of the Code of...more

Texas Environmental Update - February 14, 2014

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated...more

EPA Inches Closer to a More Stringent Ozone Standard: When Will It Actually See the Light of Day?

On Monday, EPA released its second external review draft of an updated Policy Assessment on the national ambient air quality standard for ozone. It also released updated draft risk and exposure assessments. To no one’s...more

Supreme Court Will Review “CEQA-In-Reverse” Issue In CBIA Case Challenging 2010 BAAQMD Air Quality Guidelines

On November 26, 2013, the California Supreme Court by unanimous vote granted review of a fundamental legal issue that repeatedly has surfaced in recent years in both published appellate opinions and the legislative debate...more

Air Quality Thresholds of Significance Not a “Project” Under CEQA

A local air quality management district proposed new thresholds of significance for air pollutants to meet tighter state and federal air quality standards and to clarify analysis of air pollutant impacts under the California...more

OSHA Will Issue A Rule on Crystalline Silica

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a proposed rule aimed at curbing silica-related disease. After publication, the public will have 90 days to submit written comments,...more

They’re Back? First District Court of Appeal Paves the Way for Possible Reinstatement of Controversial Air Quality Thresholds

California’s First District Court of Appeal issued a decision on August 13 in California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District (“CBIA”) (Case No. A135335 (Cal. Ct. App. 1st, August 13,...more

Landfill Gas-to-Energy Projects Have Multiple Benefits for California Cities - BB&K's Sophie Akins Writes About the Benefits, Ways...

Landfill gas, or LFG, to energy projects provide tangible public benefits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and generating local jobs. Municipalities are finding that landfill gas to energy projects...more

Texas Supreme Court Rules in Southern Crushed Concrete that Texas Clean Air Act Preempts City of Houston Land Use Ordinance

On February 15, 2013, the Texas Supreme Court reversed the rulings of both a trial court and lower appellate court and found in favor of Southern Crushed Concrete in holding that a City of Houston ordinance placing location...more

Energy And Environment Update -- April 8, 2013

In This Issue: Energy & Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Interior Department; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 10, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Labor; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; General Services...more

EPA To Revisit Oil and Gas Air Rules, Requests Stay Of Suit Challenging Regulations

Two weeks ago we reported that Texas withdrew from a multi-party lawsuit challenging USEPA’s new air pollution standards regulating the oil and gas industry (including hydraulic fracturing operations)....more

Call For Comments On The Third National Climate Assessment

The draft “National Assessment of Supply Chain and Other Developing Risks” was issued just last month. It outlined increasing threats to infrastructure, food and water supplies, air quality, national security, public health...more

Pennsylvania DEP Issues Revised Air Quality General Permit for Oil & Gas Operations

On January 31, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) finalized revisions to its “GP-5” air quality general permit, which include significantly reduced allowable emission limits. According to PADEP,...more

MassDEP Tightens TCE Indoor Air Regulation: The $64,000 Question? What About Closed Sites?

Last week, MassDEP released new guidance on how it is assessing exposures to TCE in light of EPA new assessment of TCE risks released in September 2011. The biggest issue is that concerns about fetal exposure have caused...more

Capital Thinking Update - January 21, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services -...more

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