Monthly Archives: October 2015

U.S. Energy and Environmental Policy and Law In the Making: The Clean Power Plan

It’s been a busy week for the United States and the Obama Administration’s Climate Change Initiative. On October 23, 2015, the Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register.  This official act triggered the rush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the federal court to which all national Clean Air… Read More »

Proposal to Eliminate CSO Discharges in the Great Lakes Region

Municipalities, public service districts and other operators of publicly-owned treatment works (“POTWs”) are closely monitoring a controversial and ill conceived provision in U.S. Senate’s Fiscal Year 2016 spending package for the Environmental Protection Agency. Section 428 of the spending package seeks to amend the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) by prohibiting both direct and indirect combined… Read More »

USEPA Enjoined From Enforcing New WOTUS Rule

Following a decision by a district court in North Dakota to stay the effectiveness of USEPA’s new rules re-defining the “waters of the United States” in thirteen states – the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has now issued a stay effective nationwide, blocking implementation of the rule by USEPA and… Read More »

EPA Focuses on Methane Leaks as Climate Change Takes Center Stage

In the September 2015 edition of the US EPA’s Compliance Alert, EPA reported that it and state investigations had identified Clean Air Act compliance concerns regarding significant emissions from storage vessels, such as tanks or containers, at onshore oil and natural gas production facilities. This EPA alert is consistent with the administration’s attention on climate… Read More »