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  • 27
  • January
  • 2016

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Supreme Court Denies Cert. in Greenhouse Gas Permitting Case

Last week, the Supreme Court denied review of the D.C. Circuit’s April 2015 decision on remand from the Supreme Court’s decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, 134 S. Ct. 2427 (2014) (“UARG”). The effect of this denial is to leave in place the D.C. Circuit decision allowing the EPA-intended permitting requirements for “anyway sources” to remain in effect pending EPA’s revisions of its rules to codify those requirements. Under that regime, proposed sources and modifications that are “major” for any other pollutant have to undergo Prevention of Significant Deterioration review for greenhouse gases (GHG) if emitted in amounts above 75,000 tons/year.

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  • 26
  • January
  • 2016

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BLM Wants Royalties for Natural Gas Lost to Venting, Flaring, and Leaks on Federal Land

On January 22, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a proposed rule aimed at reducing natural gas lost through natural gas venting, flaring, and equipment leaks from both new and existing production activities on federal lands. Except where gas loss is “unavoidable,” as defined by the proposed rule, operators would be charged royalties on natural gas losses from onshore federal and Indian mineral leases administered by BLM.

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  • 04
  • January
  • 2016

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Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the “Act”). As part of a heavily negotiated Congressional bargain to lift the crude oil export ban, the Act includes provisions that extend certain tax credits for renewable energy under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), including the credits for wind and solar energy.

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  • 23
  • December
  • 2015

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Happy Holidays

The writers of the Climate Change Blog and all of us at V&E wish you a safe and joyous holiday season. We will be taking some time away from the blog, but will return the week of January 4, 2016.

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DOT Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

As described in this previous post, the Obama Administration issued Executive Order 13693, directing key federal agencies to develop “Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans” that explain how they will achieve specified sustainability goals and reduce direct emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2025. As directed by EO 13693, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan in June 2015.

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  • 01
  • December
  • 2015

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Federal Agencies Release Plans to Reduce Their Own GHG Emissions

On November 23, 2015, the Obama Administration unveiled a series of plans—called “Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans”—detailing how various federal agencies will reduce their direct emissions of greenhouse gases by at least 40 percent by 2025. This is the first in a series of posts that will examine how various agencies intend to meet the President’s emission reduction target.

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  • 27
  • October
  • 2015

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India Submits Climate Plan Ahead of UN Paris Summit

In anticipation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Summit this December, India submitted a plan to reduce its GHG emissions just hours before the UN's deadline on October 8. Under the Lima Accord reached at last year's summit, which this blog reports on here, participating countries agreed to submit such climate plans -- also known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) -- over the course of this year.

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