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Minamata Convention on Mercury Achieves Ratification: International Use and Mining of Mercury Targeted for Scale Down

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Minamata Convention on Mercury (Convention), a global treaty aimed at scaling down mercury use and production developed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), recently surpassed the 50-country threshold...more

Minamata Convention to Take Effect in August, Restricting the Production and Usage of Mercury Worldwide

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On May 17, the European Union and seven EU member states ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, pushing past the 50-state threshold needed for its entry into force. The treaty – the most recent of the global...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump signs executive order to expand drilling off America’s coasts - Washington Post - Apr 28 - President Trump signed an executive order Friday that aims to expand offshore...more

EPA Adopts the Dental Amalgam Rules

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In another rule aimed at small business, the EPA has just issued a rule for Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Category. The rule will add more federal compliance costs to already...more

Insurance – Bad Faith Refusal to Settle

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Barickman v. Mercury Casualty Company, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (July 25, 2016) - Where a carrier refuses to accept a settlement demand within policy limits, it risks the chance of being...more

Supreme Court’s Environmental and Administrative Law Decisions in 2015-2016 Term

This Advisory briefly reports on some of the significant U.S. Supreme Court actions from January through June 2016 related to environmental and administrative law. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

Mercury Rule Moves Forward

by Williams Mullen on

The federal lawsuit filed by twenty-three states challenging EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) is in the 8th inning, and things are not looking good for the challengers. Some background is appropriate....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Supreme Court rejects new challenge to EPA’s air pollution rule - The Hill - Jun 13 - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider a third request from a group of states to...more

Stop the Presses! EPA Still Thinks that the MATS Rule Is a Good Idea

Last week, EPA issued its “Supplemental Finding”, confirming that it still believes that its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards are “appropriate and necessary.” I don’t have much to add to our post at the time of the proposed...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Metropolitan Water District signs deal to buy Delta islands for $175 million - Sacramento Bee - Apr 11 - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) signed a...more

The EPA Gets a First Big Win at the Supreme Court in the Post-Scalia Era

On March 3, 2016 the Supreme Court denied an application by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and several other states for a stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”) – a...more

Insurance Coverage – Homeowner’s Insurance – “Imminent Loss”

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Arthur Grebow, et al. v. Mercury Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Second District (October 21, 2015) - Homeowners’ policies are not intended to require that all maintenance costs incurred to prevent collapse...more

Clean Power Plan Formally Published – Full Steam Ahead for Challengers!

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The U.S. EPA formally published the final version of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan on Friday, October 23, an action which starts a 60 day period within which to challenge the rule. On the same day, 26 challenges...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2015

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our July edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

Clean Power Rule Challenges Will Proceed Sooner or Later, But Its Goal May Already Be Close at Hand

by Burr & Forman on

Legal challenges filed almost immediately after President Obama announced the Clean Power Rule may be premature. That is what attorneys for EPA told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently in...more

Supreme Court Tells EPA Cost Does Matter

by Lewitt Hackman on

The Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) placed national limits on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. The agency projected MATS to prevent 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700...more

Obama Announces Clean Power Plan, Fights to Follow

by Burr & Forman on

On August 3, 2015, President Obama announced the finalization of the long-awaited Clean Power Plan, a policy primarily intended to further the commitment to combatting global warming. The Plan focuses on the electric power...more

Top 6 at 6 - Climate Change Legal Highlights of the First Six Months of 2015

Some might say that the Clean Power Plan is all one needs to talk about in any highlights article on recent climate change legal issues. When final the CPP will expand the scope of the Clean Air Act profoundly, impact the...more

Supreme Court Rejects EPA Mercury Emissions Rule

On June 29, 2015, the Supreme Court cast serious doubt upon the future of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”) by finding that the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) failed to adequately consider the costs of...more

MATS attack: Supreme Court reversal of EPA's Air Toxics Rule signals difficulties ahead

by Dentons on

On June 29, 2015, the US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, reversed and remanded to the DC Circuit EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule (MATS). Michigan v. EPA, No. 14-46. MATS is a signature regulation of the Obama...more

The Supreme Court Strikes Down the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

While the Court’s decision marks a symbolic defeat for EPA, it may not significantly alter power plant operators’ compliance efforts. In a much anticipated decision delivered on the last day of the term, the Supreme...more

Air Quality Law Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Blocks EPA Coal Plant Air Toxics Standards

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Earlier today the US Supreme Court issued a 5 to 4 decision in Michigan v. EPA that struck down the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) rule. The MATS rule imposes stringent...more

US Supreme Court Nixes EPA Regulations on Mercury Emissions – Must Consider Costs Early!

In Michigan v. EPA, the U. S. Supreme Court invalidated EPA’s rules limiting emissions of mercury and other pollutants from power plants, ruling that EPA inappropriately ignored the costs of regulation – particularly...more

Supreme Court: EPA Must Consider Cost Of Implementing Regulations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the EPA acted unreasonably when it refused to consider the cost of implementing its Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS). The MATS rule, issued in 2012,...more

What Comes Next for Mercury Emissions from Power Plants?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The U.S. Supreme Court held this morning that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acted unreasonably when it determined in 2000, and again in 2012, that it was “appropriate and necessary” to regulate mercury...more

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