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Virginia Begins Development of Cap-and-Trade Program for Electric Power Sector

On May 16, 2017, Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Directive 11 (the “Directive”), which directs Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) to develop regulations to reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from the power sector.  Notably, the Directive requires DEQ to develop a program that is “trading-ready,” with market-based mechanisms capable of linking with other jurisdictions. Read More ›

Climate Regulation in California: A State of Constant Change

I.  Introduction

Climate change regulation in California is in the midst of transformation. Last year, the Legislature voted to enact SB 32, extending California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, which were set to expire in 2020, through 2030.  The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) called for a reduction in GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, which California is expected to achieve.  Under SB 32, California aims to reduce GHG emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Read More ›

EPA Releases Final RMP Amendments, Awaits Response of New Administration

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a final rule updating the Accidental Release Prevention rules at 40 C.F.R. Part 68, which implement the Clean Air Act Section112(r)(7) risk management planning program. A pre-publication copy of the rule can be accessed here. Read More ›

Comments Due August 15 on EPA Proposal to Remove Emergency Defense from Title V Operating Permit Regulations

On June 14, 2016, EPA proposed to remove the affirmative defense for emergency conditions from the Title V operating permit program regulations.  Comments on this proposed rule are due by August 15, 2016. Read More ›

Rob Brager Quoted by ThinkProgress on the Future of States’ Implementation of the Clean Power Plan Following the Supreme Court’s Stay

Rob Brager, a Principal in Beveridge & Diamond’s Baltimore office, was quoted in a ThinkProgress article, titled “What Are States Going To Do Now That The Supreme Court Has Weighed In On Obama’s Climate Plan?”, on the likelihood of states to move forward with developing compliance plans to meet requirements imposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan following the Supreme Court’s issuance of a stay delaying the deadline for compliance. Read More ›

Auto and Appliance Shredding and Recycling Companies Settle with Mass AG over Allegations of Air, Hazardous Waste, and Mercury Management Violations

Two shredding and metals recycling companies recently settled a complaint brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General (Mass AG) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for alleged violations of the laws and rules governing air emissions, hazardous and solid waste, and mercury management.  The companies settling with the government, Prolerized New England Company, LLC (PNE) and Metals Recycling, LLC (Metals Recycling), both doing business as Schnitzer Northeast, operate three Massachusetts facilities located in Attleboro, Everett and Worcester. Read More ›

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to Hear Appeal of Challenge to MassDEP’s Implementation of Global Warming Solutions Act

In April of 2015, we reported on an interesting Massachusetts Superior Court decision, Kain v. MassDEP, upholding the actions to date of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) under the Global Warming Solutions Act to enact regulations establishing declining annual emission limits for greenhouse gases (“GHGs”).  As we discussed at that time, MassDEP’s actions were challenged as inadequate, and the trial court upheld the agency’s steps to date, in the process granting an unusual amount of deference to MassDEP in rendering its decision.  To review that article and to access a copy of the trial court’s decision, click here.  In October of 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court agreed to hear a challenge to the trial court’s decision brought by the Conservation Law Foundation (“CLF”). Read More ›

Mexico Issues Reporting Regulations for Broad Range of Greenhouse Gases

Last week, beneath the fanfare surrounding issuance of internal regulations for Mexico’s new oil and gas agency[1] and a suite of conforming amendments to more than half a dozen environmental regulations, the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales or SEMARNAT) quietly issued the nation’s new greenhouse gas (GHG) registry and reporting regulation.  Read More ›