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July 1, 2015 | Posted by Kramer Levin | Permalink
New York State on June 25, 2015 announced its 2015 Energy Plan (the Plan), which outlines policy recommendations and analyses of energy technologies, use and supply and demand intended to implement Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan. According to the State, the Plan’s initiatives will set New York on a path to achieve three main goals by 2030: (i) 40% reduction from 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions from the power, industrial, transportation and buildings sectors; (ii) 50% generation of electricity from renewable sources; and (iii) 23% reduction from 2012 levels of energy consumption by buildings. read more
June 30, 2015 | Posted by Kramer Levin | Permalink
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday, June 22, 2015 announced revised regulations strengthening the rules governing the operation and maintenance of underground storage tanks (USTs). The new regulations are the first update to federal UST rules since the 1980s, and are applicable to both retail marketers of petroleum products and manufacturing or industrial facilities that store petroleum products on-site in USTs (such as for use in production processes or for transportation). read more
June 30, 2015 | Posted by Kramer Levin | Permalink
The United States Supreme Court on Monday, June 29, 2015 vacated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) regulating power plants. Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in Michigan v. EPA held that EPA’s interpretation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) was unreasonable when it decided not to consider the costs of regulation in making the determination that regulating coal- and oil-fired power plants’ emissions of toxic air pollutants was “appropriate and necessary” pursuant to 42 USC § 7412(n)(1)(A). As a result of the Court’s ruling, the MATS rules—which had already gone into effect and which limit the power plants’ emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants nationwide—will be delayed as EPA revises its analysis to incorporate costs.
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June 26, 2015 | Posted by Kramer Levin | Permalink
Environmental partner Charles S. Warren has been invited to be a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). He will be inducted later this year.
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June 10, 2015 | Posted by Kramer Levin | Permalink
Kramer Levin has been named the 2015 Environmental Law Firm of the Year in New York by Global Law Experts. read more