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Energy & Environment Update - November 2015

Energy and Climate Debate - In his final major effort prior to retiring last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) reached a bipartisan agreement, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, with other House and Senate...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #4

Energy and Climate Debate - Following a busy week for the Obama Administration during which it held several energy and climate events in anticipation of the international climate negotiations at the end of the year in...more

EPA’s Estimate of the “Social Cost of Methane” Used to Justify New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Natural Gas...

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued proposed New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) under the Clean Air Act covering methane and volatile organic compound (“VOC”) emissions...more

EPA Posts Information on GM/Synbio Algae Project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it is developing a project intended to support public dialog concerning the development and use of synthetic biology (synbio). EPA has oversight...more

Changes Likely in Final Version of EPA's Clean Power Plan

EPA's rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants are expected to be finalized by the end of the summer. It has been nearly two years since the EPA unveiled its proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards...more

EPA Oil and Gas GHG and Source Aggregation Rules Coming Soon

Soon the Environmental Protection Agency will propose greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for the oil and gas industry sector. The White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) has begun formal review of an EPA proposal to cut...more

Biotechnology: White House Announces Effort to Modernize the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products

In a bit of a surprise announcement, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Council on Environmental Quality released...more

Biotechnology: White House Directs EPA, FDA, and USDA to Update the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

With little fanfare or advanced notice to the general public, on July 2, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Trade Representative, and the...more

EPA Takes Positions on Vapor Intrusion

In a busy day for vapor intrusion, last week the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency made several announcements about vapor intrusion. First, it announced it had submitted a draft rule to the White House OMB seeking to...more

Legal Challenge to EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan Rejected as Premature, Final Rule Sent to OMB for Review

The proposed Clean Power Plan introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June 2014 has been met with considerable opposition, including a court battle that pitted energy companies and more than twenty...more

EPA Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda Item Concerning Nanoscale Materials Revised

After submitting a proposed rule concerning nanoscale materials to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on October 6, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda item concerning...more

EPA Reworks Strategy For Regulation of Nanomaterials Under TSCA; Proposed Rule Sent to OMB

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn its long-delayed proposal to regulate nanotechnology under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and submitted a new alternative proposed rule for consideration and...more

EPA Submits Proposed Rule on Nanoscale Materials to OMB for Review

On October 6, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) entitled “Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials;...more

Analysts’ Views On 2014 RFS

As previously reported, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on August 22, 2014. Some sides speculate that OMB will...more

EPA Sends Final Targets For 2014 Biofuel To OMB

On August 22, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and formal publication in the Federal...more

Energy & Environment Update - May 2014

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of State - Department of...more

Legal Alert: EPA Sends Rule Amending Renewable Fuel Biogas Provisions to the White House for Final Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent amendments to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that would further incorporate the use of biogas into the RFS. OMB...more

OMB Reviewing RFS Pathways Rule As Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Activity Remains High

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reportedly received the final rule on "RFS Pathways II and Technical Amendments to the RFS2 Standards" (RFS Pathways II rule) from EPA. This is the last step in the...more

Petroleum Groups Want Biodiesel “Loophole” Closed In RIN Quality Assurance Rule

API, AFPM, and ExxonMobil urged EPA and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to eliminate the ability of biodiesel producers to sever RINs from batches of fuels produced as part of an upcoming final rule establishing a...more

What is the Social Cost of Carbon? OMB is now Taking Comments on that Issue.

The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is now seeking public comment on how the United States government should calculate the “social cost of carbon” – the dollar figure used by federal agencies to estimate the...more

Waters of the United States: Definitely a Regulation, Not Guidance

Last week, what appears to be a draft (so long that it is in two separate parts) of EPA’s proposed rule defining “waters of the United States” was widely circulated. Part of what I love about this story is that it is...more

Agencies Send OMB Draft Regulations Defining Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

After years of starts and stops, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have drafted a proposed regulation that will significantly affect which waters are subject to regulation under the...more

Energy And Environment Update -- September 30, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Nuclear...more

Yes, Indeed, A Victory For Regulation Over Guidance

EPA’s used its blog today to announce that it and the Army Corps of Engineers have sent to OMB a draft rule clarifying the scope of jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. It appears that EPA has finally given up on its...more

A Victory For Regulation Over Guidance? Are EPA and the Corps Giving Up on Post-Rapanos Wetlands Guidance?

As readers of this blog know, EPA’s use of guidance is a frequent pet peeve of mine. The issue has arisen with particular force in connection with EPA’s efforts to define Clean Water Act jurisdiction following the Supreme...more

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