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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Clean Air Act

Regional Haze: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Approval of Louisiana State Implementation Plan

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a December 15th news release announcing approval of the State of Louisiana’s Clean Air Act Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (“SIP”). ...more

5 points to remember before relying on the EPA’s new NSR guidance on projected future emissions

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On December 7, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a memorandum entitled, “New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting Requirements: Enforceability and Use of the Actual-to-Projected-Actual Applicability Test in...more

The Climate Report - Fall 2017

by Jones Day on

US. REGULATORY AND LITIGATION DEVELOPMENTS - EPA PROPOSES TO RESCIND CLEAN POWER PLAN - What EPA Did - In a decision expected and promised since the election of President Donald Trump, the United States...more

Animal Waste Emissions from Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA, under the guns of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

by Ruder Ware on

Introduction - Let me be Captain Obvious here. When the title is that long, the topic, including its context and history, is convoluted. Let’s start at the end, work our way toward the beginning, and come full circle. On...more

Federal Air Legislation: November 14th U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee Hearing on Targeted Air...

The Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety (“Subcommittee”) of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is holding a hearing today on legislation related to air issues. ...more

CEMS Alternatives – A Different Way: Tim Bivens Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation/Arkansas Environmental Federation...

Tim Bivens of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (“AECC”) undertook a presentation at the Arkansas Environmental Federation’s 50th Annual Convention and Tradeshow titled: CEMS Alternatives – A Different Way...more

The Mexichem Conjecture: Regulating HFCs under CAA ... or TSCA?

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Since 1994, EPA has regulated hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent greenhouse gases, through several programs under Title VI of the Clean Air Act (CAA) governing stratospheric ozone protection. In a recent decision,...more

Dieselgate: Bringing a Face to Scandal Impacting Volkswagen Owners

A Volkswagen manager pleaded guilty to conspiracy and violating the Clean Air Act and could get seven years in prison. A Volkswagen engineer who agreed to testify against the Volkswagen manager was sentenced to three years in...more

EPA Proposes Repeal of Clean Power Plan

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On October 10, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a notice of proposed rulemaking (“proposed rule”) repealing the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”). Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary...more

DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule Offers Hope for Nearly Extinct Coal, Nuclear Plants

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently-proposed grid resiliency rule offers new hope for nearly-extinct coal plants and endangered nuclear power plants operating in competitive organized wholesale power markets and, if...more

SNAP! D.C. Circuit Greenhouse Gas Decision a Win for Industry

by Williams Mullen on

Industries that manufacture products containing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as aerosol cans, refrigerators, automobile air conditioners, building insulation and fire extinguisher foams, can breathe easier this month...more

Court Vacates EPA Stay of Methane Emissions Final Rule

by Clark Hill PLC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lacked authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to stay a final rule concerning methane and other...more

D.C. Court of Appeals Rejects EPA Attempt to Regulate Greenhouse Gases Through Restrictions on Hydrofluorocarbons

by Clark Hill PLC on

In 1987, the United States signed the Montreal Protocol (Protocol). The Protocol is an international agreement that has been ratified by every nation that is a member of the United Nations. The Protocol requires nations to...more

Animal Feeding Operations Emission Estimation Methods: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General Report

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a September 19th report titled: Eleven Years After Agreement, EPA Has Not Developed Reliable Emission Estimation...more

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Re-Opened Midterm Review of MY 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas Standards and MY 2021 Standards

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) published a joint notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on EPA’s...more

Extreme Weather Fuels Increasing Trend of New Climate Change Litigation

As federal efforts to roll back environmental regulations from the Obama era continue, environmental groups have been increasingly filing lawsuits against industry alleging damages related to climate change impacts, using the...more

Regional Haze/Nitrogen Oxide: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposal to Approve Arkansas State Implementation Plan Revision

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a September 11th Federal Register Notice proposing to approve a revision to the Arkansas Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (“SIP”) submitted by the...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 AG Elections- Democrat Amy Padden Announces Bid for Colorado Attorney General- Democrat Amy Padden, former Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and Law Enforcement Coordinator for the District of Colorado, announced...more

The New Administration’s Efforts to Deconstruct the Obama Climate Initiatives

by Sullivan & Worcester on

President Trump is spearheading a government-wide roll back of Obama Era climate initiatives. The president and his EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, have delivered a one-two punch. They both have denied the impact of human...more

You Can’t Do That! DC Circuit Vacates EPA’s HFCs Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Businesses and industries that had been impacted by the EPA’s HFCs rule may wish to monitor EPA’s response to this opinion carefully....more

EPA Stays Landfill Methane Rules

by Williams Mullen on

EPA recently announced a 90-day stay for reconsideration of rules governing performance standards and emissions from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfills. The final rules issued in July 2016 established new source...more

Up in the Air - Will EPA rulemaking on carbon emission design standards for aircraft be the next Obama climate initiative on the...

Trump Administration officials followed up on the President’s June 1 announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord by announcing that the Administration was reviewing U.S. participation in ICAO’s global...more

The Paris Agreement: Where We Were, Where We Are, Where We Are Going

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement (the “Agreement”), describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States...more

New Administration At EPA To Reconsider Several Issues

The new administration at the Environmental Protection Action has taken these actions: - Reconsidering the New Methane Rules. On June 3, 2016, pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA promulgated amendments to the...more

President Trump Takes First Step on Long Road to Roll Back Climate Rules

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recent executive order seeks broad repeal of Obama administration climate policies, including actions directed at the electric power sector. On March 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a “Presidential Executive...more

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