Last week, conflicting federal court decisions regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as the ACA or “Obamacare,” set the nation abuzz. In Halbig v. Burwell, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulation providing federal subsidies to low-income taxpayers who purchase health insurance through a […]
DuPont will pay a $440,000 civil penalty and comply with air pollution control measures required by the Clean Air Act, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act at its DuPont Yerkes chemical manufacturing facility in Tonawanda, NY. The District Court for the Western District of New York approved the legal agreement, which will require […]
We've just spotted a new form of conservative protest against the EPA and the Clean Air Act: Coal Rollers. Pick-up trucks customized to spew black smoke -- "the newest weapon in the culture wars." As one salesperson of these trucks put...Show More Summary
Since the US Supreme Court affirmed in 2007 that the Clean Air Act (CAA) provides the EPA with authority to regulate CO2 and other greenhouse gases, EPA has pursued a growing set of regulatory initiatives. In each, EPA has attempted to fit GHGs into statutory and regulatory programs originally designed for more conventional pollutants – […]
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed new carbon emission standards for fossil fuel power plants under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The rules for new-build power plants fall under Section 111(b) and are known as the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). read more
Once upon a time, tractor pull attendees who witnessed diesels churn out black smoke under the strain of a very heavy trailer decided to make their diesel-powered pickups do the same thing, sans said heavy trailer. The practice came to be known as “rolling coal,” and until last week, was nothing more than a potential […]
China recently overhauled its basic environmental law in a way that brings it closer to the structure of the U.S. Clean Air Act. The new law also contains a provision authorizing public interest litigation by certain Chinese NGOs, and this is a huge step forward. read more
In the latest decision on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to regulate carbon pollution, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, but voted 5-4 to limit permitting requirements. Show More Summary
The Clean Air Act of 1970 brings benefits that consistently trump costs to the tune of thirty to one: $30 in benefits for every dollar spent on protecting the air we breathe. This past decade alone, benefits for the average major clean air rule trumped costs to the tune of 10 to one. read more
This week's batch of alleged criminals encountered some unlikely obstacles: an observant 4-year-old and the... Clean Air Act. 4-Year-Old Foils Babysitter's Plot, Say Police : The first sign that your devious robbery plot has a few holes is that it can't pass muster with a 4-year-old. Such was the case in...
You might think that the U.S. Supreme Court, having decided the Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA Clean Air Act case on Monday, was done for the current Term when it comes to environmental law and policy. Think again. Today the justices met in conference to decide whether to grant review in a large number of pending […]
It’s important to do your research and learn everything you can before embarking on a project so you can anticipate what things might go wrong. For example, your plan to steal air conditioners and disassemble them for parts could go wrong when you accidentally release freon into the air. That’s what happened to an Ohio man who recently took a … [More]
Peter Van Doren Will proposed EPA rules actually harm coal-producing states? The evidence isn’t clear, says Peter Van Doren, editor of Regulation Magazine.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the EPA reasonably interpreted the Clean Air Act to require power plants to limit their emissions. The post Supreme Court Upholds Power Plant Carbon Emissions Limits appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
When Martin Eldridge and his pals started stealing air-conditioning units around Columbus, Ohio, last year, it's a safe bet they didn't factor the Clean Air Act into their possible punishment. Big mistake: Because when Eldridge and company cut the tubing that connected the units to their buildings, they released the...
Building on two prior decisions affirming the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set carbon pollution standards, the Supreme Court recently held that the core provision of the Clean Air Act’s permitting requirements also applies to carbon pollution. read more
Yesterday, SCOTUS issued a ruling on the EPA’s powers to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, but nobody could seem to decide whether it was good or bad news for the agency: The cases, led by Utility Air Regulatory Group v. the EPA, challenged the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gasses from stationary sources (like coal plants.) […]
The US Supreme Court yesterday ruled that EPA reasonably interpreted the Clean Air Act to require large industrial facilities and power plants to limit their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses if they are also required to obtain permits due to their emissions of other dangerous air pollutants. The high court rejected arguments […]
On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the EPA had narrowly exceeded its reach under the Clean Air Act in its permitting program to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The post Supreme Court Reaffirms EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Authority, With Minor Limitation appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Supreme Court ruled today that the EPA cannot rewrite law (in this case The Clean Air Act) to accommodate new information without Congressional approval. In this instance, EPA added carbon dioxide to its list of pollutants and most lawsuits raised to challenge this were dismissed. Show More Summary