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White House and EPA Release Final Clean Power Plan With Significant Changes

On August 3, 2015, the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released the final Clean Power Plan, which establishes national carbon emissions standards for existing power plants pursuant to section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.  The Plan is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030,

EPA Comments on the Keystone NEPA Review—Monetizing the Social Costs of CO2 Emissions

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

D.C. Circuit Upholds EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Rules

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

EPA Proposes New Standards for GHG Emissions from New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units

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

Indiana Approves First Major Air Permit Addressing GHGs for Coal to Natural Gas Plant

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