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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-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

What’s Next For GHG And Fuel Economy Regulation?

by King & Spalding on

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

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

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

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

by Downey Brand LLP on

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Withdrawal of "Once In, Always In" Policy: California Attorney General D.C. Circuit Court of...

The California Attorney General filed an April 10th Petition for Review (“Petition”) in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging a recently issued United States Environmental...more

EPA Rolls Back Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Auto Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Trump Administration has taken steps to roll back Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions standards applicable to most automobiles in the United States. On April 2nd Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt...more

Smokestack Emissions Testing and Reporting: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General April 10th Project...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued an April 10th Project Notification that it plans to: . . . begin preliminary research for an audit of the EPA’s oversight...more

What's New In Washington - April 2018

Congress returned from its spring recess with a host of issues to address—trade, Trump administration nominations and opioid legislation sitting atop the priority list. Given the ongoing data scandal at Facebook, privacy...more

U.S. EPA Region 9 Enforcement Priorities Revealed

by Downey Brand LLP on

Ever since President Trump took office in January 2017, several questions have arisen within the environmental community regarding how his administration will change the legal and enforcement priorities of the United States...more

How Much Deference Will EPA Get On Its CAFE Standards Decision?

There’s been a lot of discussion regarding EPA’s decision to withdraw EPA’s Mid-term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Model Year 2022-2025 Light-duty Vehicles. After pondering for a while, my question is how much...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - EPA to roll back car emissions standards, handing automakers a big win - THE WASHINGTON POST - Apr 2 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that he would revoke...more

EPA withdraws Obama-era Final Determination of greenhouse gas emission standards Mid-term Evaluation

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Scott Pruitt, announced Monday that the agency is withdrawing the Obama-era Final Determination of the Mid-term Evaluation (MTE) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission...more

EPA Revising Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards For Cars And Light Duty Trucks

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EPA Administrator Pruitt announced on Monday that the Agency has completed a midterm evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light-duty trucks for the model years 2022-2025. He has determined that the...more

MassDEP Issues Air Rule Amendments

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Culminating a two-year rule promulgation process, MassDEP has issued a final rule amendment package that makes adjustments to numerous provisions of the Massachusetts air regulations. The announced purpose of this package...more

Landfill Emission Rule/Clean Air Act: Seven States Send Notice of Intent to Sue U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Alleged...

Seven state Attorneys General have sent the following document to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) dated March 23rd: Notice of Intent to Sue for Failure to Enforce the 2016 Emission Guidelines and...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #4

Trump Prepared to Hit China with $60 Billion in Annual Tariffs - "President Trump is preparing to impose a package of $60 billion in annual tariffs against Chinese products, following through on a longtime threat that he...more

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

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

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

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