Monthly Archives: June 2012

New Guide for Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects in the Works

On June 22, the Department of Energy announced that it is soliciting public comment on its draft Federal Renewable Energy Guide: Developing Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects at Federal Facilities Using Private Capital.  The draft guide, which is available at  https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/06/01/2012-13287/developing-large-scale-renewable-energy-projects-at-federal-facilities-using-private-capital-draft, … Continue reading

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The DC Circuit Upholds EPA’s Program for Regulating GHGs Under the Clean Air Act

On June 26, 2012, in Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“DC Circuit”) dismissed various challenges to U.S. EPA’s program for regulating greenhouse gases (“GHGs”) pursuant to the Clean … Continue reading

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‘Fracking’ a Low Risk for Causing Earthquakes, According to the National Academy of Sciences

A new report from the National Research Council reveals that hydraulic fracturing has a low risk for causing earthquakes that can be felt by people, but that the underground injection of wastewater discarded after “fracking” and other energy operations has a … Continue reading

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EPA Greenhouse Gas Operating Permit Applications Due July 1st, Meanwhile All Await D.C. Circuit Ruling on the Tailoring Rule

July 1, 2012 marks the due date for sources subject to EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule to file  operating permit applications consistent with the new rules.  The Tailoring Rule established a 3-step phase-in for the regulation of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) … Continue reading

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THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE OF EPA’s UNREGULATED CONTAMINANT MONITORING RULE

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is requiring the monitoring of drinking water supplies for a variety of heretofore unmonitored chemicals (e.g., hexavalent chromium, perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA), 1,4 dioxane, various volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) (such as 1,1 dichloroethane), and various hormones … Continue reading

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