On April 22, 2013, comments filed on the Keystone Pipeline draft supplemental environmental impact statement, EPA unveiled a new approach to evaluating climate change impacts under NEPA—monetizing social costs of CO2. In those comments, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance recommended that the State Department use “monetized estimates of the social cost of… Continue Reading
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has announced it will hold a series of roundtable forums on natural gas issues in May. Each of the three forums, which follow a February Committee hearing on natural gas challenges and opportunities, will focus on specific policy issues facing the country’s growing natural gas resources.
The European Commission is completing a Consultation on the need for additional regulation of unconventional fossil fuel (e.g., shale gas) exploration and development in Europe. The Consultation period ends on 23 March 2013 and results will be made available on the Commission’s website and at a stakeholders’ meeting to be held by the Commission in… Continue Reading
The National Environmental Development Association’s Clean Air Project (NEDA/CAP) recently filed a petition for review for review in the D.C. Circuit challenging a December 21, 2012 EPA Memorandum, which provides policy guidance on the applicability of the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Summit Petroleum Corp. v. EPA (No. 09-4348/10-4572) to Clean Air Act (CAA) Title V and… Continue Reading
Earlier today, President Obama announced the nomination of three cabinet-level appointments to his Administration: Ernest Moniz as Secretary of Energy; Gina McCarthy as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Sylvia Matthews Burwell as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) has scheduled a full committee hearing on February 12 entitled, “Opportunities and Challenges for Natural Gas.” The hearing will be held at 10:00 am in room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. This hearing comes at a pivotal time for the U.S. natural gas… Continue Reading
The following is a summary of some of the key issues Congress and the Administration will be debating in 2013. Please contact us with any questions. We are happy to provide further analysis as well as insight into other areas of interest. Agriculture: Tom Vilsack is expected to stay on as Secretary of Agriculture…. Continue Reading
In a per curiam decision (issued by the whole three-judge panel), the D.C. Circuit recently upheld EPA’s endangerment finding and several greenhouse gas (GHG) emission rules under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The decision endorses EPA’s current regulation of GHGs, and paves the way for future GHG rulemaking. The D.C. Circuit addressed challenges to several… Continue Reading
Authored by Christopher Norton and Camilla Shires, Hogan Lovells London Office Against a background of growing dependency on energy imports and the recognition that the EU is currently not on track to meet its 20% energy saving target by 2020, European policymakers have finally reached agreement on the first-ever Energy Efficiency Directive. The Directive is… Continue Reading
A revolutionary new power generation system, developed by NET Power LLC, continues to draw top-notch partners and investors including Toshiba Corp, The Shaw Group Inc., and Exelon Corp. The technology NET Power developed utilizes a pressurized stream of carbon dioxide (CO2) to drive a turbine to generate electricity. After the electricity is generated, the CO2… Continue Reading
Acting on its 2009 finding that greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) endanger both the public health and welfare, EPA has released a proposed new source performance standard (NSPS) rule for carbon dioxide (CO2), a GHG, from new fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs), including fossil-fuel boilers, integrated gasification combined cycle units, and stationary combined cycle turbine… Continue Reading
On May 7, 2012, the State of Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) approved the air permit for a major coal to natural gas plant proposed by Indiana Gasification, LLC (IG). The IG permit is Indiana’s first major Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit addressing emission control requirements for greenhouse gases (GHGs). IDEM has submitted… Continue Reading
In May 2008, the Bush administration listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). On December 16, 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued an interim special rule for management of the polar bear under § 4(d) of the ESA. Both the listing and interim special rule… Continue Reading
Hello and welcome to the Hogan Lovells Focus on Regulation. We are delighted to introduce you to our government regulatory blog. In an increasingly complex global market, it’s more important than ever to understand, anticipate, and quickly respond to a wide range of regulatory challenges. Our goal is to use this blog to bring you… Continue Reading