Tag: emissions

Key Energy Related Bills Introduced in the 2019-2020 Legislative Session

The 2019-2020 California Legislative Session has reached its first deadline.  February 22, 2019 marked the deadline by which bills could be introduced for the first half of the Legislative Session. Lawmakers will begin Spring Recess April 12 and reconvene April 22.  The last day for bills to be passed out of the house of origin … Continue Reading

Nebraska Sues U.S. EPA Over Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for New Power Plants

Nebraska filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal court on Wednesday, challenging the agency’s newly proposed standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. Nebraska argues that EPA’s proposed regulation, officially released last week, violates the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Act prohibits EPA from considering new technology or a level … Continue Reading

Boiler Hazardous Air Pollutant Emission Rules Released By EPA

On February 23, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final rules regulating hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from boilers at major sources of HAPs (Boiler MACT) and boilers at minor or area sources of HAPs (Boiler GACT), for Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incinerators (CISWI) and for defining what constitutes a solid waste … Continue Reading

California Adopts its Cap-and-Trade Program for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

After a full day of testimony and deliberation on December 16, 2010, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the state’s Cap-and-Trade Program on a 9-to-1 vote. The Program is promulgated under the California Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B. 32) as a market-based compliance mechanism to help achieve reduction of the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) … Continue Reading

California’s Proposed GHG Cap-and-Trade Program Out for Public Comment

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has issued its proposed greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). The proposed regulation builds on the conceptual framework for ARB’s cap-and-trade program, released in November 2009. The 45-day public comment period on the regulation opened yesterday and closes on December 15, 2010. Whether by … Continue Reading

EPA Announces “Endangerment” and “Cause or Contribute” Findings

Stoel Rives partner Tom Wood reports: Minutes ago EPA announced its long awaited “endangerment” and “cause or contribute” findings in relation to six key greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride.  While technically this announcement is of limited significance (applying only to motor vehicle emissions), the policy import of … Continue Reading

EPA Issues Final GHG Reporting Rule

On the topic of Greenhouse Gas reporting, my partner Tom Wood recently circulated this "heads up" about EPA’s final rule: On September 22, 2009, EPA issued its final rule on greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting.  Fossil fuel and industrial GHG suppliers, motor vehicle and engine manufacturers, and facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more of … Continue Reading

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Carbon Dioxide Nuisance Suit Against Utilities

  My partner Tom Wood recently composed and circulated this email alert about the return of the "Global Warming" case against several electric utilities:   Five years ago eight states and New York City made headlines when they sued several electric utilities alleging that their carbon dioxide emissions constituted a federal common law nuisance.  The … Continue Reading
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