Department Contacts

Clean Air Act

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
May 7, 2014 | Posted by Karen Mintzer 5/7/2014 | Permalink
Under the Clean Air Act, states are required to adopt State Implementation Plans that comply with the “Good Neighbor Provision” of the Clean Air Act, by including adequate provisions that prohibit in-state emission sources from emitting air pollutants in amounts that contribute significantly to nonattainment of national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in neighboring states. On April 29, 2014, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule implementing the Good Neighbor Provision. This rule, also known as the Transport Rule, requires states to reduce nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions if they are contributing significantly to exceedences of NAAQS in downwind states and allows EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan setting emissions limits for states whose SIPs have been deemed inadequate because they do not satisfy the Good Neighbor Provision. read more
September 26, 2013 | Posted by Karen Mintzer 9/26/2013 | Permalink
On September 20, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule that would limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new coal- and gas-fired power plants. Greenhouse gases, which include CO2, are considered to be a major contributor to climate change. While many states have rules limiting CO2 emissions, there are no federal limits on such emissions. read more