Monthly Archives: May 2018

Clean Power Plan / Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on the Clean Power Plan, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History October 23, 2015 — EPA published the Clean Power Plan (or the “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”). The rule set carbon pollution limits on existing power […]

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The Ruse of Results-Oriented Science

Scott Pruitt has turned the EPA’s longstanding methodical approach to rulemaking and enforcement on its head. Instead of seeking to 1) understand a problem, 2) identify a range of solutions, 3) transparently design a targeted program, and 4) implement and enforce it fairly, Pruitt’s approach upends all four pillars. His most recent proposal to exclude […]

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“Once In Always In” Guidance for Major Sources under the Clean Air Act – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on the “once in always in” guidance for major sources under the Clean Air Act, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History In May 1995, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued “once in, always in” guidance for major sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA). […]

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Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on energy conservation standards for consumer products, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History In August 2016, DOE issued its semi-annual report to Congress, describing recently published and upcoming efficiency standards. DOE has published a report every six months since the Energy […]

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Power Plant Effluent Limits – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on power plant effluent limits, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters. History June 7, 2013 — EPA proposed limits on toxic pollutants from power plant wastewater discharged into rivers. November 3, 2015 —  EPA finalized these water quality standards. They went into effect January […]

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Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Rules and Guidance – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on the Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Rules and Guidance, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History April 5, 2016 — The Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) / DOI proposed an offshore air quality rule. April 29, 2016 – The Bureau of Safety and […]

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EPA VOC and Methane Standards for Oil and Gas Facilities – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on EPA VOC and Methane Standards, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History August 16, 2012 — EPA finalized New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for VOC emissions (volatile organic compounds) from new wells and other oil and gas equipment. This rule reduces methane emissions […]

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Electricity Law Initiative Submits Comment to FERC

On Monday, the Electricity Law Initiative filed comments at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) about proposed capacity market rule changes. The Electricity Law Initiative’s comments emphasize that procuring electric generation capacity is a program of cooperative federalism – states may choose among resources for their environmental or other benefits while FERC has authority over […]

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Greater Sage-Grouse Protection – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on sage-grouse, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History May 7, 2001 — In response to a petition, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service determined that the Columbia Basin population of greater sage-grouse warranted stand-alone listing under the Endangered Species Act but that […]

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Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History October 26, 2015 — EPA issued a rule to tighten national ozone pollution standards based on the latest science. The new standards were set to take effect October 1, 2017. September […]

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