Tag Archive: EPA

  • SCOTUS: EPA Must Consider Costs Before Imposing Regulation

    | June 29, 2015 | Add a comment

    The Supreme Court’s 2014 Term came to a close on Monday, but not before it issued a strong rebuke of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) handling of the 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) rule and perhaps establishing a major precedent that could affect many federal regulatory agencies going … »

  • Previewing Michigan v. EPA

    and | June 26, 2015 | Add a comment

    Despite having already announced several significant decisions this week, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to hand down another on Monday dealing with the Clean Air Act. The consolidated case Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency arises from EPA’s 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), which target emissions of mercury, … »

  • EPA Wins First Legal Challenge to Clean Power Plan

    | June 10, 2015 | Add a comment

    This past April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments in two consolidated cases led by the state of West Virginia and the Ohio-based Murray Energy Corporation regarding EPA’s plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act. The lawsuit sought … »

  • EPA Sets Sights on Airline Industry

    | June 8, 2015 | Add a comment

    Any day now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release an endangerment finding suggesting that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes pose a risk to human health. Such a finding will then require the agency to regulate emissions under the Clean Air Act. Similar endangerment findings have been … »

  • EPA: Fracking Does Not Pose “Systemic” Threat to Drinking Water

    | June 5, 2015 | Add a comment

    Over the past decade, hydraulic fracturing (often colloquially referred to as “fracking”) has generated a great deal of criticism from environmentalists and other activists. However, after conducting a four-year study on the potential impact of fracking on drinking water resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found no evidence of … »

  • EPA Finalizes “Waters of the US” Rule

    | May 27, 2015 | Add a comment

    Earlier today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) finalized a much anticipated rule that would redefine “Waters of the United States” and vastly expand the two agencies’ regulatory authority over the nation’s water resources. EPA and the Corps proposed the rule in April … »

  • Report: EPA’s Carbon Emissions Rule Will Not Mandate Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technology

    | May 21, 2015 | Add a comment

    A report from Inside EPA ($) suggests that the agency appears to have dropped the carbon capture and storage (CCS) requirement in the draft for the final Carbon Pollution Standards, as has been rumored for some time. Falling under Section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act, this regulation would apply … »

  • EPA Encourages the Public to Specifically Submit Positive Comments

    | May 19, 2015 | Add a comment

    The New York Times has an article worth reading discussing EPA’s efforts to influence comments submitted to them by the public regarding the agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to redefine “Waters of the United States (WOTUS).” Notably, Gina McCarthy, administrator of EPA, went before a Senate committee earlier … »

  • New Website Examines Impacts of Rising Energy Costs on Low Income Families

    | April 30, 2015 | Add a comment

    The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) recently launched a webpage – “State Energy Costs for Families” –that highlights some of the challenges that millions of economically vulnerable Americans face as a result of rising energy costs. The project compiles data for 31 states from the Energy Information Administration … »

  • Clean Power Plan Litigation Begins

    | April 16, 2015 | Add a comment

    The first major step in what will likely be a long, drawn-out legal process will begin today, April 16. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments from 16 states and a handful of energy companies. The two consolidated cases led by … »