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EPA Refuses to Amend Its Backup Generator Rule: Demand Response Breathes Easier

Last Friday, EPA published notice that it would not be revising its regulations on backup generators in response to three petitions for reconsideration it had received after it promulgated its final rule in January 2013. The...more

Renewable Fuels Pathways Final Rule

On July 2, 2014, EPA released a signed, pre-published version of its final rule for "Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Pathways II and Modifications to the RFS Program, Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Requirements, and E15 Misfueling...more

EPA Issues Final Rule on Third Party Quality Assurance of RINs

On July 2, 2014, EPA issued a final rule outlining the elements of a voluntary third party quality assurance program to ensure the validity of renewable identification numbers (RIN) petroleum refiners use to confirm...more

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Dispute over California Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petition for review in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey. In Rocky Mountain Farmers, the Ninth Circuit addressed the constitutionality of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS),...more

Colorado’s Cutting Edge Legislation Fosters Clean Fuel Truck Adoption

The State of Colorado recently passed HB 14-1326, the “Clean Trucks Bill,” catapulting itself into the group of cutting edge states that are on the forefront of the clean fuel issue. Recognizing that trucks represent a huge...more

RFS Advocacy Continues As Final 2014 Rule Expected Soon

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) advocacy is continuing at a steady pace in anticipation of the expected imminent release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2014 final RFS rule. Some biofuels advocates believe...more

GAO Report Finds Competitive Pricing As Key To Success Of Alternative Jet Fuels

On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on "Alternative Jet Fuels: Federal Activities Support Development and Usage, but Long-Term Commercial Viability Hinges on Market Factors." GAO...more

EIA releases 2014 Annual Energy Outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its annual report projecting long-term trends in energy markets. The Energy Information Administration, or EIA, is the statistical and analytical agency within the U.S....more

EPA Publishes Proposed And Direct Final Rules Reconsidering The 2013 RFS Cellulosic Requirement

Through these actions, EPA is proposing a revised and reduced cellulosic standard for 2013 of 810,185 gallons. As EPA explains, the direct final rule will be "effective on July 1, 2014 without further notice, unless EPA...more

EPA Issues Direct Final Rule Reducing 2013 Cellulosic Fuel Blending Requirement

On April 22, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed off on a Direct Final Rule requiring petroleum refiners and importers to blend 810,185 gallons of cellulosic fuels into the fuel supply in 2013 in...more

Renewable Fuel Producers Oppose EPA Motion In 2013 RFS Case

Oral argument was heard on April 7, 2014, on a joint motion filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by EPA, API, and AFPM to sever certain issues and hold them in abeyance pending administrative...more

EU Environment Report

In This Issue: - Climate Change: ..ETS exemption for flights outside Europe rejected by EP Environment Committee - Chemicals: ..ECHA sends legally binding letters to companies which have registered...more

California’s LCFS Surviving Challenges As Major Changes Loom

The Air Resources Board proposes to merge court-mandated re-adoption of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard with other significant program changes. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) continues to generate uncertainty due to...more

House Energy & Power Subcommittee Hearing Series: “Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century”

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Energy & Power Subcommittee recently held the second hearing in its series “Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century.” The hearing focused on fuel supply and...more

EPA Finalizes Rule Tightening Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule on March 3, 2014, that establishes stricter standards for motor vehicle exhaust emissions and the sulfur content of gasoline. The new “Tier 3” standards...more

D.C. Circuit Dismisses Most Industry Challenges to EPA’s Utility NSPS as Premature, Upholds EPA on Opacity Monitoring and...

In a unanimous decision issued on March 11, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected, on procedural and substantive grounds, a number of industry challenges to EPA’s new source...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - March 11, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - California lawmakers pass $687 billion drought plan -- San Francisco CBS Local - Feb 27: California lawmakers have passed a $687 million plan to provide immediate relief to...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 21, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - White House proposes new fuel efficiency rules to reduce emissions from heavy trucks: Los Angeles Times - Feb 18 - President Obama moved ahead Tuesday with plans to further tighten...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 31, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: Ninth Circuit debates application of dormant Commerce Clause - CourtHouse News - Jan 22: A Ninth Circuit appellate panel’s rejection of a challenge to the “life-cycle analysis” approach...more

Infrastructure Alert - January 30, 2014

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to pass a reauthorization for the Water Resources Development Act. President Obama also called for corporate tax reform as a method to finance...more

The Top 6 At 12: Highlights Of The Top Climate Change Legal Stories In The Second Half Of 2013

2013 has drawn to a close; here is our take on the top six climate change legal stories in the last six months. 1. Climate Change Assessments - Blockbuster legislation may have been evaded once more but that has not...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 27, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown signs bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing in California: Reuters - Sep 20 -- California's first legislatively-mandated regulations on hydraulic fracturing and related...more

Ninth Circuit Holds California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard is Constitutional on its Face

Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey, ruling on the constitutionality of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The Court of Appeals reversed the...more

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Upheld after Initial Defeat in Federal Court

California lawmakers passed the “California Global Warming Solutions Act,” AB32, which included regulations known as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The standard required the oil industry to reduce the carbon intensity of...more

CARB Violated CEQA In Adopting GHG Regulations, But Fifth District Holds Regulations May Remain Operative Pending Compliance

In a mostly-published 95-page opinion filed July 15, 2013, the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s judgment and directed issuance of a writ of mandate setting aside Resolution 09-31 and two executive...more

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