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April 1, 2016 | Posted by Kramer Levin | Permalink
Kramer Levin filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on behalf of Leon G. Billings and Thomas C. Jorling, two environmental policymakers and advocates who served in the U.S. Senate environmental committee as lead drafters of the 1970 Clean Air Act (CAA). read more
March 4, 2016 | Posted by Ted Lamm | Permalink
On Thursday, February 3, 2016 the United States Supreme Court, in an order issued by Chief Justice John Roberts, refused to grant a stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for coal-fired power plants (MATS). By denying the stay, Chief Justice Roberts allowed the Standards to remain in place while EPA reconsiders the costs associated with its implementation. read more
February 10, 2016 | Posted by Ted Lamm | Permalink
On February 9, 2016 a divided United States Supreme Court issued an emergency stay of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, blocking enforcement of the power plant rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) until the resolution of pending litigation regarding their legality, which is anticipated later this year. read more
August 5, 2015 | Posted by Ted Lamm | Permalink
On Monday, August 3, 2015, President Obama announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Clean Power Plan rule, which will sharply cut emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from existing power plants in the United States. The final rule will reduce nationwide GHG emissions from power plants to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, though targets will vary by state. This mandate is more stringent than the 30 percent bar set in EPA’s June, 2014 proposed rule (although deadlines for finalizing state plans have been relaxed), and represents the most significant climate change regulation to date in the United States. read more
July 31, 2015 | Posted by Ted Lamm | Permalink
The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 upheld the majority of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) regulating air pollution that travels between states. The court’s opinion in EME Homer City Generation, L.P. v. EPA rejected legal challenges to CSAPR’s program requiring states to limit their emissions of certain air pollutants based on the amounts of these pollutants that travel to neighboring states, while requiring EPA to reconsider certain of the state-specific emissions budgets it had calculated under the rule. read more