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Massachusetts Joins Other States in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Announcing Plan to Reduce Emissions by Additional 30...

On August 23, Massachusetts joined the eight other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in announcing a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an additional 30 percent by 2030 relative to 2020 levels....more

The New Administration’s Efforts to Deconstruct the Obama Climate Initiatives

by Sullivan & Worcester on

President Trump is spearheading a government-wide roll back of Obama Era climate initiatives. The president and his EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, have delivered a one-two punch. They both have denied the impact of human...more

California Supreme Court Rejects Attorney General's Challenge to SANDAG's Transportation Plan

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The California Supreme Court, in a 6-1 ruling, in Cleveland National Forest Foundation, et al v. San Diego Association of Governments (2017) ___ Cal. 5th __, Supreme Court Case No. 5223603 held that San Diego Association of...more

Administration's Executive Order on Climate and Energy Is Controversial, and May Shift Action to States

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 28, 2017, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” (E.O.) that takes aim at a broad range of federal climate and energy programs and regulations. The E.O....more

Golden State Forges Ahead With Sweeping Climate Change Regulatory Regime

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

With federal climate change regulations facing an uncertain future, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently released a far-reaching new plan to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40 percent below...more

President Trump's America First Energy Plan

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With U.S. President Trump now in office, a look at his "America First Energy Plan" suggests potential directions for his administration. President Trump's energy strategy as posted on the White House website shortly...more

From ESA to Keystone to EPA, Changes Coming Fast

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Few things are certain leading up to Donald Trump’s presidency. But there is no question that environmental and energy policy will take center stage in the days – perhaps hours – following his inauguration....more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Exponential growth in net zero energy buildings predicted for the next two decades - Building Design + Construction - Jan 5 - The global market for products and services...more

Holidays Don't Slow Presidential Transition: Make a Mark on Policy Development Now

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

When President-elect Trump is sworn into office on January 20, 2017, he will bring a new administration and new priorities to the White House. This transition gives any company with business before the federal government an...more

2017 Regulatory Policy Forecast: Environmental & Energy Policy

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY POLICY - With an incoming administration promising substantial changes to current energy and environmental policies, regulated businesses are closely monitoring and evaluating what 2017 will bring. A...more

Presidential Pulse: 10 Key Ways the Trump Administration May Impact The Way You Do Business in 2017

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Today marks just over a month since Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the United States. As each cabinet appointment is announced, we get more clues to help us predict which direction the Trump...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - New solar, wind competitive leasing program to start for U.S. public lands - Renewable Energy World - Nov 15 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has finalized a rule that...more

What Now? U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Post-Election Outlook

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a dramatic change from a progressive democratic to a conservative republican administration, we anticipate that EPA is not only likely to pivot away from an enforcement heavy to a more business...more

Post-Election Update 2016

by Bracewell LLP on

The 2016 election results have significant implications for companies across a wide range of industry sectors. From environmental policy to financial services to tax reform, President-elect Trump has committed to sweeping...more

New Clean Air Act Regulations for New and Existing Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

Beginning on October 28, 2016, new and modified municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are now subject to updated New Source Performance Standards under the Clean Air Act 81 FR 59331. The U.S. EPA has also issued new rules for...more

Governor Baker’s Executive Order on Change: Good News; Still Work To Be Done By MassDEP

Last Friday, Governor Baker issued Executive Order 569, “Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth.” EO 569 will advance climate policy in Massachusetts in a number of important ways. It also...more

California’s New Climate Change Laws Tighten Limits on GHG, Increase Legislative Oversight of CARB

by Perkins Coie on

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last week two controversial anti-climate change bills that will tighten greenhouse gas (GHG) limits by 40% and increase legislative supervision of the California Air Resources...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown signs into law two landmark climate bills - San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 8 - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed SB32, the nation’s toughest climate law,...more

B.C.’s Updated Climate Action Plan: What You Need to Know, What’s in, and What’s Been Left Out

The B.C. government recently released the much anticipated Climate Leadership Plan (Plan), which updates the 2008 Climate Action Plan (2008 Plan) and responds to the government-appointed Climate Leadership Team’s (Panel) 32...more

EPA Publishes Final Phase 2 Rule for GHG Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a joint set of greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for new medium and heavy-duty vehicles and...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Burgeoning green building materials market set to reach $255B by 2020 - Construction Dive - Aug 3 - The global green building materials market is on pace to hit $255 billion by...more

EPA Issues Final Rules To Reduce Methane Emissions From MSW Landfills

by Williams Mullen on

Section 111 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires EPA to issue New Source Performance Standards (NSPSs) for certain source categories of air pollutants. These NSPSs set threshold limits on emissions of certain pollutants...more

Environmental Notes - August 2016

by Williams Mullen on

Time to Pay More: EPA Increases Maximum Civil Penalties - Remember the days when the maximum civil penalty EPA could assess for a violation of environmental law was $25,000 per day? Those days disappeared 26 years ago...more

EPA Determines that Aircraft Emissions Contribute to Air Pollution and Climate Change

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Synopsis: EPA’s recent finding paves the way for the Agency to develop standards regulating greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. Businesses in the commercial jet manufacturing and aviation transportation industry should...more

EPA Cuts to Landfill Methane Emissions Create New Opportunities for Credit Trading and Gas–to-Energy Projects

On July 14, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its latest set of methane regulations as part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan: Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The Administration issued two...more

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