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D.C. Circuit Holds that the Proposed Rule to Regulate GHG Emissions Cannot be Challenged Until EPA Issues a Final Rule

On June 9, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) denied several related challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) proposed greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emission standards for existing electric utility generating units, known as the Clean Power Plan.

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  • 06
  • January
  • 2015

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EPA Moves Forward to Implement Supreme Court’s Decision in UARG by Announcing Plans to Issue New Rule Allowing Rescission of Federal GHG Permits

Last summer, the United States Supreme Court decided Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, 134 S. Ct. 2427 (2014) (“UARG”), overturning EPA’s determination that its regulation of GHG emissions from motor vehicles triggered Prevention of Significant Deterioration (“PSD”) and Title V operating permitting requirements based on a source’s greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions.

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  • 05
  • November
  • 2014

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Plaintiffs Argue for Greater Consideration of Climate Change Impacts in NEPA Review

In a case pending before the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, a group of subsistence fisherman are challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) decision to issue ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. (“ConocoPhillips”) a Clean Water Act (“CWA”) Section 404 permit approving a drilling and transportation project in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. 

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  • 03
  • November
  • 2014

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EPA, DOJ Announce $100 million Penalty for Violations of Clean Air Act Vehicle GHG Standards

United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the settlement of a Clean Air Act (“CAA”) enforcement case against Hyundai Motor Co. (“Hyundai”) and Kia Motors Corp. (“Kia”). The parties entered into a Consent Decree that, if approved, will require the automakers to pay a $100 million civil penalty, the largest ever penalty issued under the CAA.

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