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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Automakers and suppliers in the U.S. and EU grapple with increased scrutiny, new emissions requirements, and evolving guidance...

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Joanne Rotondi, a partner in the Hogan Lovells Washington, D.C. office, and Sabine Chromek, a senior associate in the firm’s Munich office, discuss recent regulatory impacts on auto...more

Recent and Upcoming Changes to CEQA - BB&K Attorney Amanda Daams Discusses the California Environmental Quality Act in a...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), codified at Public Resources Code section 21000 et seq., is arguably California’s preeminent and most comprehensive environmental law. Originally published in Riverside...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - May 2018 #3

Study Finds No Evidence of Groundwater Contamination Attributable to Natural Gas Development - "A multi-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Cincinnati, and partly funded by organizations opposed to...more

Forecast Sunny for Solar Contractors in California

On May 9, the California Energy Commission announced that it has “adopted building standards that require solar photovoltaic systems starting in 2020.” The 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are expected to “reduce...more

Some practical considerations regarding carbon tax

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Carbon tax seeks to give effect to the polluter pays principle by ensuring that the real cost of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the environment and society are explicitly incorporated into the prices of carbon intensive...more

California Regulatory Happenings for the Week of May 7, 2018

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CPUC Commissioner’s Meeting - The next Commission meeting is scheduled for 5/31/18. Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) (R.1502-020) - On 5/26/17, the ALJ issued a proposed decision implementing new compliance...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Model Year 2022 – 2025...

The Center for Biological Diversity and a number of other environmental organizations submitted a May 15th Petition for Review (“Petition”) before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...more

California Regulatory Happenings for the Week of April 30, 2018

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CPUC Commissioner’s Meeting - The next Commission meeting is scheduled for 5/10/18 in Fontana, CA. Items of Interest: #10 Decision establishing reentry fees and financial security requirements for CCA’s. R.03-10-003...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2018

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New Rules on the Horizon to Reduce Emissions and Improve Air Quality - Facing pressure to meet federal clean air standards, California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) voted 7-6 to direct staff to...more

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets: BC Re-establishes Targets

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On May 7, 2018, the Government of British Columbia introduced Bill 34 to amend the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act. The Bill re-establishes the province’s greenhouse-gas reduction targets, and broadens the regulatory...more

California Energy Commission Unanimously Approves Solar Panel Mandate for Homes

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• The California Energy Commission voted unanimously on May 9, 2018, to require solar panels on all new single-family homes and apartment buildings that are three stories or less starting in 2020. • The new regulations...more

Energy Newsletter - May 2018

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Courts Hold Clean Water Act Regulates Discharges through Groundwater, as Congress and Regulators Consider Responses - The Ninth Circuit and Fourth Circuit have joined a growing number of lower courts finding that the...more

Southern California Environmental Update – New Air Quality And Oil & Gas Regulatory Developments

Our latest post provides updates on environmental and legal developments in Los Angeles and adjacent counties, as well as the Southern San Joaquin Valley. We welcome your comments and contributions....more

California-led Coalition Files Suit to Prevent Rollback of Vehicle Emission Standards

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A coalition of states has opened a new front in the ongoing battles between the Trump Administration’s efforts to streamline regulations applicable to industry and the interests favoring additional regulation. In response to...more

Conflicting District Court Rulings Set up Climate Change Tort Issues for Resolution by the Ninth Circuit

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After two judges from the Northern District of California reached different conclusions in similar cases, The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will be next to determine whether climate-change-related tort actions may be...more

What’s Next For GHG And Fuel Economy Regulation?

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Much is being made of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement last month that it will consider anew the greenhouse gas standards for vehicle model years 2022 to 2025. This announcement, while generating...more

California Court of Appeal Finds EIR’s Air Quality Analysis Deficient

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CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development In a partially published opinion issued January 12, 2018, City of Long Beach v. City of Los Angeles, the California Court of Appeal affirmed in part...more

California Court of Appeal Approves Environmental Analysis for Oil Refinery Propane Recovery Project

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Rodeo Citzens Ass’n v. County of Contra Costa, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three, Case No. A151184 (March 20, 2018). CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development...more

EPA Modifies Source Determination Test; Narrows Common Control Criteria

Earlier this week, on April 30, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly modified its source determination test that is used to determine whether emissions from nearby and closely related sources should be...more

Source Aggregation/ Clean Air Act : April 30th U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator (Air) Wehrum Letter Referencing "Re-Evaluation"

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Assistant Administrator William L. Wehrum addressed in an April 30th letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection the question of whether: . . . emissions...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker - May 2018

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ARGENTINA - AGRICULTURE - Chamber of Deputies Bill No. 1344-D-2018, Establishing minimum environmental protection measures for the traceability of agrochemicals. CLIMATE CHANGE - Senate Bill No. 410/18, Promoting...more

Title V/Clean Air Act – Yuhuang Chemical, Inc. Methanol Plant (St. James Parish, Louisiana): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued an April 2nd Order denying a Petition of Objection to a Clean Air Act Title V Permit for Yuhuang Chemical, Inc., methanol plant (“Plant”) in St. James Parish,...more

Citizen Group Petition Prompts DEP Rulemaking to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On April 25, 2018 the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) initiated a rulemaking based on a citizen petition to adopt new rules establishing emissions standards and to modify ten existing rules governing...more

California Air and Climate, Vol. 1: Bay Area Methane; CARB Bans Refrigerants, Implements Community Air Protection and Approves...

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BAAQMD Developing Rules to Regulate Methane Emission - The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (“BAAQMD”), as part of its Methane Strategy, is pursuing rules to address methane emissions from several source...more

FERC Opens Notice of Inquiry for Review of Natural Gas Pipeline Policies

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• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has unanimously voted to open a new Notice of Inquiry seeking input on whether – and, if so, how – it should update its existing policies and procedures for reviewing and issuing...more

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