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EPA Will Not Require Financial Assurances From Electric Power Sector

EPA’s decision to forego financial requirements will likely face opposition by eNGOs. By Claudia M. O’Brien and Stacey L. VanBelleghem On July 2, 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its proposed decision not to impose new financial responsibility requirements on the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution industry under Section 108(b) of the … Continue Reading

6 Things to Know about EPA’s Final ACE Rule

In a significant and potentially precedent-setting action, EPA terminates the Clean Power Plan, narrows the scope of required controls to the regulated unit, and axes previously available compliance options. By Stacey L. VanBelleghem and Robert A. Wyman On June 19, 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule … Continue Reading

Congress Reauthorizes Federal Water Infrastructure Bank: 3 Takeaways for Project Developers

WIFIA program — no longer a “pilot” — is set to grow. By Joel C. Beauvais and David J. Penna On October 23, 2018, President Trump signed into law the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA 2018). This bipartisan legislation, among other elements, reauthorized the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). WIFIA, which … Continue Reading

EPA Announces “Cleaner Trucks Initiative” to Reduce NOx Emissions

The announcement signals EPA’s intent to publish a proposed rule in 2020. By Arthur F. Foerster On November 13, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its “Cleaner Trucks Initiative” (CTI) to further decrease oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions from on-highway trucks and engines. EPA intends to publish a proposed rule in early 2020, … Continue Reading

Near-Term Opportunities for Industry to Reduce Compliance Costs, Avoid “Nonattainment” Designation,” in the Face of Tightened Ozone NAAQS

By Joel Beauvais, Claudia O’Brien, Stacey VanBelleghem and Bridget Reineking Over the past four decades, compliance with the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) has proven to be among the most costly of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. EPA tightened the primary and secondary ozone standards to 70 parts per billion (ppb) in late … Continue Reading

President Signs Executive Order Directing EPA and Army to Review and “Rescind or Revise” Clean Water Rule

By Joel Beauvais and Claudia O’Brien President Donald Trump, on February 28, signed an executive order (EO) directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to issue a proposed rulemaking for notice and comment to rescind or revise their joint 2015 Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the … Continue Reading

EPA Targets Oil and Gas Sector with Suite of New Emissions Rules

By Robert Wyman, Claudia O’Brien, Michael Carroll, Alicia Handy, Andrew Westgate and Samantha Seikkula On May 12, 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rules aimed at reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, in support of the Obama Administration’s efforts to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas … Continue Reading
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