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President-Elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back jobs in the coal industry and reduce regulations that could inhibit economic growth. His transition team has already begun arriving at federal agencies to review the...more

Does MassDEP Have Authority to Regulate Electric Generating Emissions Under Section 3(d) of the GWSA? I’m Not So Sure.

As I have previously noted, I sympathize with the difficulties faced by MassDEP in trying to implement the SJC decision in Kain. However, that does not mean that MassDEP can simply take the easy way out. After rereading...more

California Court Upholds Environmental Impact Report for Golden State Warriors Arena - Ruling Finds That CEQA Doesn't Always...

The California First District Court of Appeals issued its decision on Nov. 29, 2016, in Mission Bay Alliance v. Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure et al. The Court of Appeals decision affirmed the July 18,...more

Slam Dunked! First District Rejects All CEQA And Land Use Challenges To Golden State Warriors Event Center Project And EIR In...

In a lengthy published opinion filed November 29, 2016, the First District Court of Appeal rejected all legal challenges to the City of San Francisco’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) and related land...more

Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Automobiles: EPA Announces That No Adjustments to the Standards for Model...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) yesterday announced its proposed determination that greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for light-duty vehicles (LDVs) manufactured in model years (MYs)...more

EPA Provides Early Affirmation of Vehicle Emission Standards for 2022-2025

Through its Proposed Determination, EPA has concluded that the model year 2022-2025 GHG standards should remain as promulgated, despite automotive industry evidence demonstrating the need for less stringent standards. ...more

Blog: Environmental Shareholder Proposals Increase In Frequency And Sophistication, But Will They Continue To Be Viable?

The WSJ discusses the increased frequency and sophistication of shareholder proposals regarding the environment. In particular, the piece observes that shareholder proposals focusing on environmental issues have evolved “from...more

Undoing the Clean Power Plan

The election of Donald J. Trump as the next President of the United States appears to have dealt certain defeat for the Obama Climate Action Plan. Central to that effort was the Clean Power Plan, finalized by the U.S....more

EPA Rulemaking in the Trump Administration

Mr. Trump made cutting regulations a central promise of his campaign. At one point he suggested 70% of federal regulations could be eliminated. Although his staff quickly walked that number back, there is little doubt that...more

What is the Future of Emissions Trading?

The impact of increasing greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions resulting from human activities has driven innovation in market-based solutions, technology development and international law. Approaching the twentieth anniversary of...more

DEP Is Trying to Implement Kain. How Are They Doing?

When the Supreme Judicial Court ruled in Kain that § 3(d) of the Global Warming Solutions act requires MassDEP to promulgate emission limits for multiple source categories, requiring declining annual emissions enforceable in...more

Ontario Announces Proposal for Cap-and-Trade Offset Credits Protocols

On November 15, 2016, Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) posted its Offset Credit Regulatory Proposal on the Environmental Registry, where it will be available for comment until December 30, 2016....more

Infrastructure Gets Top Billing from President-Elect Trump

President-Elect Trump’s election night statement specifically called out infrastructure, above all other domestic policy concerns, as a focus of his new Administration. Despite some initial rumblings from the conservative...more

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

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

Does Trump Election Boost Children’s Climate Crusade?

As reported here, Oregon is among a group of states in which groups of school age plaintiffs are suing to force the government to do more about climate change. On November 10, U. S. District Judge Ann Aiken adopted the...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - ULI Tenant Energy Optimization Program launched Urban Land - Oct 27 - A new ULI program that helps office tenants design and manage their spaces to reduce energy consumption...more

Post-Election Update 2016

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

Waste Management Could be Key to Meeting the United States’ GHG Emissions Goals

If the United States is going to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement, it is going to have to significantly overhaul its waste management practices. At least that is the conclusion...more

EPA Proposes Revisions to PSD and Title V Greenhouse Gas Permitting Regulations

EPA recently proposed revisions to its Prevention of Significant Deterioration (“PSD”) and Title V regulations that will impact the permitting of greenhouse gases (“GHGs”). These regulatory changes are being proposed to...more

CARB Launches Rulemaking for Heavy-Duty Engine Low NOx Standard

On November 3, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced plans for a new low-nitrogen oxide (NOx) standard for heavy-duty engines sold in the state. CARB intends to adopt the new NOx standard—of 0.02 grams per...more

Swift Ratification of Paris Climate Agreement

The Paris Climate Agreement (Agreement) officially enters into force today, 30 days after it was ratified by at least 55 Parties to the Convention, representing at least an estimated 55% per cent of the total global...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from September 16 – October 15, 2016. Initiatives to reduce and manage packaging wastes appear to be gaining traction, particularly in Argentina, which enacted a new...more

Rethinking Stakeholder Engagement for the New Millennium – Part I

What does stakeholder engagement mean in the 21st century? How has the topic gained such traction over the past few years? What is the role of the compliance professional in stakeholder engagement? How does increased...more

EPA's Latest Truck Rule Has Broader Effect on Mobile Source Compliance and Environment

Originally published in Bloomberg BNA's Daily Environment Report, 209 DEN B-1, 10/28/16. On Oct. 25, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published more stringent...more

Paris Agreement to Enter into Force: Implications for Enforcement in the United States and Internationally

Global policy on climate change and greenhouse gas regulation is poised to take a significant step forward as the Paris Agreement (“Agreement”) enters into force just before international climate negotiations resume in...more

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