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  • 21
  • August
  • 2015

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EPA Proposes Regulations to Require 40 to 45% Reduction in Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector

On April, 18, 2015, EPA proposed rules that would directly regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, including from new or modified wells, and compressor stations. The proposal is a layer of additional regulation beyond the regulation of VOCs from oil and natural gas regulations that EPA finalized as subpart OOOO to the New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) in 2012.

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  • 17
  • August
  • 2015

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Clean Power Plan: An Overview of EPA’s New CO2 Emissions Standards for New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources

Concurrent with its issuance of final emission guidelines to limit CO2 emissions from existing sources under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, EPA issued performance standards (“NSPS”) to limit CO2 emissions from newmodified, and reconstructed sources under Section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act. The latter is a legal predicate to the former.

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EPA Proposes Credit Trading Schemes as Part of the Federal Plan for the Clean Power Plan

In addition to issuing the finalized Clean Power Plan rule, EPA simultaneously released a proposal for a carbon credit trading scheme to use in regions of the country where EPA has not approved a state plan. This proposed federal plan (FP) includes a proposal for either a rate- or mass-based federal trading scheme, as well as rate- and mass-based model trading programs that states can adopt as part of their own state plans.

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