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Unauthorized supervisor decided to “solve the problem himself”, caused accident – OHSA charges against company dismissed

An employer has beat occupational health and safety charges laid after its supervisor caused an explosion when he defied instructions and took it upon himself to use a torch to thaw ice that had accumulated in a culvert....more

Mercury Rule Moves Forward

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

Environmental Notes - July 2016

CONGRESS FINDS THE FORMULA TO REFORM CHEMICAL REGULATION - The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) is the primary federal law by which the manufacture, import and use of chemical substances are regulated in the United...more

Diablo Canyon Settlement May Hinge on Cost Allocation

On June 21, 2016, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”) announced a plan to close down the state’s last remaining nuclear power plant, the 2.3 gigawatt Diablo Canyon plant near San Luis Obispo, by 2026. Diablo Canyon...more

US Circuit Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit delays oral arguments in Clean Power Plan litigation

On May 16, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit announced that it was delaying scheduled June 2 oral arguments before a three-judge panel in litigation over the Clean Power Plan. Instead, the DC...more

Update: Confluence of Emissions Regulations Favor Renewable Energy Development

This posts continues our discussion regarding the status of several major recent regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that target reductions in emissions from the oil, natural gas, and coal...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - California land officials sign off on closing Diablo Canyon nuclear plant - OC Register - Jun 29 - California State Lands Commission officials dropped their longstanding environmental...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - PG&E to close Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear power plant - Los Angeles Times - Jun 21 - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) announced on Tuesday that it plans to close...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2016 #3

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

State Sponsored Attacks Increasing and Targeting Industrial Facilities

A representative of Honeywell Process Solutions (Honeywell), which provides cybersecurity services for over 400 industrial sites worldwide, recently commented publicly that Honeywell is seeing an increase in nation-state and...more

Amending FIDIC Provisions on Delay Liquidated Damages: a Case Note on J Murphy & Sons Ltd v Beckton Energy Ltd [2016] EWHC 607...

The perfect construction project is completed on time, on budget, and in accordance with the Employer’s specification and/or performance requirements. In reality, delays frequently occur and with such delay the potential for...more

If You Don’t Like Nukes, Petition Congress: The D.C. Circuit Affirms the NRC’s GEIR On Nuclear Waste Storage

On Friday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected challenges by several states and the NRDC to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Generic Environmental Impact Statement analyzing the impacts of continued on-site storage...more

A National Energy Plan: Should We Have One? Do We Have One? If So, Is It Working?

Before ultimately answering the questions posed in the title above on a National Energy Plan, in full disclosure it should be noted that I have been employed by and/or have been an investor in oil, natural gas, coal and...more

South African Department of Energy calls for Expressions of Interest for 600 MW Gas Fired Power Plant: Part 2

The South African Department of Energy has published an Expression of Interest calling on the private sector to indicate interest in developing a 600 MW gas-fired power project alongside one or more state-owned companies....more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #4

Regional energy market could yield $1.5B in savings annually to ratepayers - Energy Manager Today - May 25 - A multi-state, regional electric market would provide environmental and economic benefits to California...more

Lights Out for Maryland's Power Plant Construction Subsidy Program

It’s not every day that a decision by the United States Supreme Court has the potential to impact the construction industry. But the Court handed down a decision last month that could hinder the pace of power plant...more

Confluence of Emissions Regulations Favor Renewable Energy Investment (Part 1)

GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump made several sweeping promises while on the campaign trail vowing to reopen shuttered mines and bring coal back to its dominance of a decade ago. These promises, however, are dated as...more

Implications for the Power Sector of Recent Rulings by U.S. Supreme Court and FERC

One of the most important issues currently facing the power industry is the potential conflict between federal and state roles in power supply planning. Two recent developments at the federal level bear directly on this...more

Bidding Guidelines Published for Mexico's Second Long-Term Power Auction

Mexico's National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) on May 13, 2016, published the Bidding Guidelines for the second long-term power auction (SLP) in Mexico, seeking to award power purchase agreements (PPA) to clean energy...more

EPA Doubles Down on Methane Regulation for Oil and Gas Industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a packet of measures targeting methane emissions from operations of the oil and gas industry on May 12, 2016. These measures include three final regulations affecting...more

Supreme Court Continues to Stake Out FERC Jurisdiction, Invalidates State Gas-Fired Power Plant Incentive Program

In an opinion unanimous in judgment (albeit with two concurring opinions), the U.S. Supreme Court recently reiterated the reach of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) jurisdiction over interstate wholesale...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Forecast sees largest growth for renewable energy sources - The Hill - May 11 - Federal energy analysts are forecasting that renewable energy will see the largest growth in...more

South African Department of Energy calls for Expressions of Interest for 600 MW Gas Fired Power Plant

On 11 May 2016, the South African Department of Energy announced a call for expressions of interest for the appointment of strategic partners to assist state-owned companies in the development of a 600 MW gas-fired power...more

Federal Court Remands Albanian Power Company’s Suit

In March, a New York federal court remanded an Albanian power company’s suit seeking enforcement of an Albanian court’s judgment. In Albaniabeg Ambient Sh.p.k. v. Enel S.P.A., the federal court reasoned that, although the...more

EPA Can Withold Certain Wastewater Data from the Public

On March 29, 2016, a federal judge ruled that the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) exemption for “confidential business information” (“CBI”) can cover wastewater discharge information collected by the United States...more

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