EPA Releases Details of the Affordable Clean Energy Rule

Thu Aug 23rd, On Environmental Law, by

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday released the details of its proposed rule updating the greenhouse gas emission regulations for coal-burning power plants. The proposal, titled the Affordable Clean Energy rule, will replace the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Power Plan.   Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which the EPA under the Trump administration has deemed to be “overly prescriptive and burdensome,” sought […]

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California Reinforces Commitment to Environmental Justice through Assembly Bill no. 617

Wed Aug 15th, On Environmental Law, by

On July 31, California’s local Air Quality Management Districts (AQMD) took an important step in reducing the disproportionate rate at which disadvantaged communities are affected by greenhouse gas emissions. As a part of the requirements included in Assembly Bill no. 617 (AB 617), AQMDs compiled a preliminary list of at-risk communities within their jurisdictions that will be included in the newly-established Community Air Protection Program (CAPP). The California Air Resources […]

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EPA Seeking Public Feedback Regarding Developing Consistency in Cost-Benefit Analysis

Fri Jun 8th, On Environmental Law, by

On June 7, 2018, the EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to announce that it was considering new ways to increase consistency and transparency in its consideration of costs and benefits involved in regulatory decisions, and is seeking public input. Many environmental statutes, such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act, require the EPA to consider the costs and benefits […]

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Washington Supreme Court Aligns MTCA Owner/Operator Liability with CERCLA

Fri May 25th, On Environmental Law, by

Many states have counterpart statutes to the federal CERCLA, or Superfund, statute.  Though these statutes generally have the same purpose: to ensure the cleanup of sites contaminated with hazardous substances and to allow for recovery of natural resource damages caused by those substances, and though most state statutes are “modeled” after CERCLA, many state statutes have specific statutory language or provisions that differ.  This is true of the State of […]

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