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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - EPA’s Pruitt says California cannot dictate nation’s auto emissions standards - THE WASHINGTON POST - Mar 13 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said in an interview Tuesday...more

RFS Reform Bills Introduced In Congress

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 8, 2018, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced companion legislation (S. 2519, H.R. 5212) in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, respectively, to reform the...more

Fifth District Holds CARB Violated CEQA And APA In Approving Modifications To Truck And Bus Regulation

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a published opinion filed January 31, 2018, the Fifth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial Court’s judgment issuing a writ of mandate voiding the California State Air Resources Board’s (“CARB”) 2014 amendments to...more

Attention NSR Geeks #2: EPA Flips Position on “Project Netting”

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On March 13, 2018, EPA issued another new NSR interpretation. This one allows a source to take into account emissions decreases when performing the first step in determining NSR applicability, effectively rewriting the long...more

Carbon Pricing Roundup: Recent Developments in the US and Abroad

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The first quarter of 2018 has been a busy one for efforts to put a price on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, both in the United States and abroad. In February, the European Union (EU) approved reforms to the EU Emissions...more

Oil and Natural Gas Sector/Clean Air Act New Source Performance Standards: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Final Rule...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in a March 12 Federal Register notice promulgated a final rule which encompassed revisions to the Clean Air Act New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) for the oil...more

Clean-Bus Funding: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Grant to Arkansas School District

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced in a March 8th news release that it was awarding an $8.7 million grant for the replacement and retrofitting of 452 older diesel school buses. The grants...more

Air Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Romulus, Michigan Hot Mix Asphalt Plant Operator Enter into Consent...

By: Walter G. Wright Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Download PDF The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Ajax Materials Corporation...more

Regional Haze/Arkansas: 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Grants Motion to Stay

The United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit addressed a Motion to Stay related to litigation involving application of the Clean Air Act Regional Haze requirements to Arkansas. The Order was issued on March 7th....more

Implementing the Environment Quality Act – Quebec Government Publishes 24 Draft Regulations

On February 14, 2018, the Government of Quebec published 24 draft regulations that seek to implement amendments to the Environment Quality Act (EQA), as part of the modernization of its environmental approval scheme. The new...more

Industry Wins First Round in California Climate Change Litigation

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Yesterday, a California federal district court dealt a serious blow to two California cities’ climate change lawsuits against several major oil and gas companies. Judge William Alsup issued an order denying the plaintiffs’...more

Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking/State Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Electric Utility Generating...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) submitted February 26th comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in regards to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled: State...more

BLM Changes Policy; A Court Says Its Reasons Aren’t Good Enough

As I’ve noted previously, the fight over the Trump Administration’s effort to change course on a number of Obama environmental initiatives is going to focus in significant part on FCC v. Fox Television Stations, in which the...more

CRS Publishes Climate Change-Related Report

On February 1, the Congressional Research Service published a report entitled Evolving Assessments of Human and Natural Contributions to Climate Change. The report traces evolution of scientific understanding and confidence...more

EPA Ends “Once In, Always In” Policy For Sources That Emit Hazardous Air Pollutants

by Williams Mullen on

Since 1995, EPA has followed a policy that any air emissions source that emits one or more hazardous air pollutants (“HAPs”) above major source emissions thresholds is always considered a major source of HAPs. This is so even...more

California May Need up to 2,000 MW of New Battery Energy Storage Resources by 2030, Commission Finds

On February 8, 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) adopted a new procurement process in a decision which suggested that 2,000 MW of new battery energy storage resources may be needed in California by...more

Land Use Matters: Alston & Bird LLP, January/February 2018

by Alston & Bird on

Land Use Matters provides information and insights into legal and regulatory developments, primarily at the Los Angeles City and County levels, affecting land use matters, as well as new CEQA appellate decisions. Please...more

FERC Takes Steps to Ensure Service Continuity on the Southeast Markets Pipeline Project

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has recently taken important steps to permit the Southeast Market Pipelines Project (Project) to continue to provide service without interruption following last summer’s...more

Neste Renewable Fuels Reduces GHG Emissions By 8.3 Million Tons

On February 5, 2018, Neste, a member of BRAG, announced that the use of its renewable fuels in place of fossil fuels resulted in a reduction of 8.3 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The significant...more

Changes Continue in EPA's Air Program

by Burr & Forman on

In late January, EPA issued a guidance memorandum related to major sources under § 112 of the Clean Air Act that will likely reduce participation in the program. ...more

New Clean Energy Jobs Bills Seek to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Oregon

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

The Oregon legislature is currently in the process of figuring out how the state will (or won't) deal with the greenhouse gas emissions made by Oregonians that are negatively impacting the world's climate. Substantially...more

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Directing New Jersey to Reenter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

by Genova Burns LLC on

On Jan 29, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order tasking NJDEP and NJ BPU with NJ’s reentry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a cooperative of states in the...more

NBB Announces New Report On Biodiesel Benefits

On January 22, 2018, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that a new study on lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects of biodiesel updates and reaffirms the benefits of using the renewable fuel. ...more

NY Issues Offshore Wind Master Plan, 2,400 MW to be Procured

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After more than a year of extensive research and study of technical and public policy options, New York State issued its comprehensive offshore wind master plan that identifies intentions to develop 2,400 megawatts (MW)...more

New Jersey To Rejoin Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI): The New Administration Already Means Changes To Climate Change...

by Cole Schotz on

New Jersey’s new governor signed an executive order yesterday directing his acting Department of Environmental Protection commissioner, Catherine McCabe, and Board of Public Utilities President Joseph Fiordaliso to begin...more

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