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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

Update on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Late last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) submitted briefs to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in support of its Clean Power Plan (“CPP”) rule. The agency’s...more

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Maryland Program that Supplements FERC-Approved Capacity Payments

In a unanimous opinion issued on April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a Maryland program designed to incentivize construction of a new natural gas plant. The Court concluded that the program infringed upon the...more

Environmental Notes - April 2016

EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance recently proposed changes to its National Program Manager (NMP) Guidance that, in part, would revise EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) for federal fiscal...more

Supreme Court Invalidates Maryland Power Plant Subsidy Program and Reaffirms FERC’s Exclusive Authority Over Wholesale Capacity...

On April 19, 2016, for the second time in three months, the Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over the formation of wholesale rates in...more

Supreme Court Hands FERC Win on Authority Over Capacity Markets

With its decision on Tuesday, April 20 in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, the Supreme Court issued its second significant holding of the year on the reach of federal authority over interstate wholesale sales markets. The...more

Supreme Court Confirms State Limits on Wholesale Power Generation - Federalism vs. States' Rights Again at Issue in Court's Third...

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 19, 2016, issued its decision in the third and final energy case this term. In Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, et al., the Court clarified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC)...more

Supreme Court Decides Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC

On April 19, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, No. 14-614, holding that Maryland’s program that provided subsidies to a new electricity generator through state-mandated...more

Supreme Court rules on state energy incentives

The U.S. Supreme Court has released its ruling on a case affecting how states may provide incentives for electric power generation. In Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, the Court upheld a lower court's ruling...more

Massachusetts Case First Criminal Prosecution for Violating FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Rule

On March 30, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts (“USAO”) filed an Information charging Power Plant Management Services LLC (“PPMS”) with felonies of conspiring to violate and violating...more

Holland & Knight Involved in Mexico's Inaugural Long-Term Power Auction

Mexico's National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) launched the first long-term power auction in the country's history in November 2015. The auction was mainly targeted to clean energy producers, with 73 percent of the...more

The Future of Clean Power Plan After Supreme Court Stay

On February 9, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a stay of the federal Clean Power Plan ("CPP" or "Plan"), preventing the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") from enforcing the Plan until legal challenges are...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - Community and environmental groups sue South Coast Air District over rules adoption - Los Angeles Times - Mar 9 - Community groups and environmentalists filed suit this week...more

Handicapping Clean Power Plan Outcomes – Petitioners’ Briefs

The petitioners challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit filed their joint opening briefs on February 19, 2016. The Opening Briefs of...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 7, Issue 3, March 2016

TRIAL COURT HOLDS THAT FEES RELATED TO THE NEW YORK HIGHWAY USE TAX ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL - In a class action lawsuit, an Albany County trial court held that flat highway use registration and decal fees charged to heavy...more

NSR Enforcement Staggers On: A Split Decision in Missouri

Given EPA’s recent run of defeats in its NSR enforcement initiative, it’s probably breathing a sigh of relief over last week’s decision in United States v. Ameren Missouri, regarding Ameren’s Rush Island coal-fired power...more

The Effect of Challenges to the US Clean Power Plan on the Paris Climate Agreement

Ongoing legal challenges to the US Clean Power Plan (CPP) have led some to question whether the United States can meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets pledged pursuant to the recent United Nations...more

Implications of the Clean Power Plan on Historical Research

We’ve been closely tracking litigation related to the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP), which seeks to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and includes state-by-state mandates. Recently, the Supreme Court stayed...more

Clean Power Plan: The Legal Battle Continues

The group of petitioners challenging the EPA rules imposing strict limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants filed its opening briefs on Friday, February 19. ...more

India Ratifies International Convention on Nuclear Energy Accident Liability

The government of India ratified the Convention on Supplementary Compensation (CSC) for Nuclear Damage on February 4, 2016, making India a part of the global agreement establishing standards for compensation of victims of...more

How Will the Passing of Justice Scalia Impact the Supreme Court’s Review of the EPA Clean Power Plan Case?

Last week, we wrote about the Supreme Court's unprecedented issuance of a stay prohibiting the implementation of the "Clean Power Plan" while a judicial challenge to the Plan is pending. The extraordinary stay decision...more

NLRB Finds Lieutenants Guarding Nuclear Power Plants Lack Supervisory Status

It’s very common for employees to hold quasi-supervisory roles in their workplaces and it’s no different in security firms. In the case of the latter, many would think lieutenants overseeing security forces guarding nuclear...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Supreme Court deals blow to President Obama’s efforts to regulate power plant greenhouse gas emissions - New York Times - Feb 9 - In a major setback for President Obama’s...more

Implications of the Clean Power Plan Stay

Late in the day on Tuesday, February 9, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed, for at least a year and possibly longer, the implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s)...more

Supreme Court Stays Implementation of Controversial Clean Power Plan

The 5-4 decision temporarily blocks further execution of the EPA’s new plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants. On February 9, the US Supreme Court handed a potentially significant defeat to the Obama...more

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