Monthly Archives: September 2017

Emmett Clinic Releases Citizen Scientist Manual

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic is pleased to share our Manual for Citizen Scientists Starting or Participating in Data Collection and Environmental Monitoring Projects. We developed this manual to support people who are researching and responding to public health and environmental concerns. Whether collecting, generating, analyzing, or distributing information, citizens from all backgrounds […]

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The Social Cost of Carbon

The Interagency Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) has been disbanded and the technical documents withdrawn.

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EPA VOC and Methane Standards for Oil and Gas Facilities

This is the first rule to target methane emissions across the natural gas value chain. It also requires methane pollution control at oil wells, where co-produced natural gas is often vented or burned away. EPA must enforce the rule, according to a July 31, 2017 decision by the D.C. Circuit Court.

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GHG New Source Performance Standards for Power Plants

This rule, also known as “Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Power Plants,” regulates carbon pollution from new or refurbished power plants. The rule is in effect; litigation is suspended indefinitely -North Dakota v. EPA, No. 15-1381.

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Municipal Solid Waste Landfill New Source Performance Standards and Emissions Guidelines

Litigation is pending over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) delay of the rule while it reconsiders the rule. When the waste in landfills decomposes, methane, carbon dioxide, and other often toxic gases are released. These rules require emissions reductions from municipal landfills, targeting the powerful greenhouse gas methane.

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Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS)

On April 27, 2017 the D.C. Circuit removed the argument from its calendar,  suspending the case indefinitely, and directed EPA to file 90-day status reports.

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Chesapeake Bay and Nonpoint Source Programs / TMDLs

Federally coordinated restoration efforts are funded through December 8, 2017. The program is uncertain after that; the Trump budget proposes eliminating funding for fiscal year (FY) 2018.

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Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products

DOE issued a request for information on an evaluation of “the potential advantages and disadvantages of additional flexibilities” in the appliance energy efficiency standards program. They expressed particular interest in market-based options. Comments are being taken until February 26, 2018.

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Montreal Protocol Hydrofluorocarbons Kigali Agreement

The Environmental & Energy Law Program is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following. If you’re a reporter and would like to speak with an expert on this rule please email us. Why it Matters Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) were thought to be an acceptable substitute for ozone […]

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Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Leasing, Rules and Guidance

Drilling rules and guidance are being reconsidered. DOI has noticed an ongoing opportunity to comment on its regulatory reform efforts. Not all the rules below are open for comment on an individual basis, but the public can submit comments under the general regulatory reform notice.

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