This coming Wednesday the City of Santa Monica will begin mandating the installation of a solar electric photovoltaic system on all new building.
On May 12, 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rules aimed at reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, in support of the Obama Administration’s efforts to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025.
On May 19, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued a Final Policy Statement clarifying FERC’s implementation of hold harmless commitments in Federal Power Act (FPA) Section 203 applications seeking change of control authorization.
On May 24, 2016, Alberta’s provincial government tabled Bill 20 for first reading in the legislature.
On May 11, 2016, the 9th Circuit held that EPA information requests under CERCLA § 104(e) may trigger general liability insurers’ defense obligations.
On Monday, May 23, U.S. EPA released a draft of its final Environmental Justice Strategic Plan for the Years 2016-2020, which is open for comment until July 7, 2016.
War for clean water access is one of the dystopian precursors to the “Mad Max” trilogy. But in reality, accessing clean water is serious business—and a growing field of litigation.
Words into Action: Ontario Gets Ready for Implementation As It Releases Final Regulations for Cap-and-Trade Program and Greenhouse Gas Reporting
As we reported earlier, the Ontario government passed the final version of the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 (the Act) on May 18, 2016.
Environmental Injuries Must Be “Concrete” and “Particularized” to Confer Standing to Sue in Federal Court
On May 16, 2016, the United States Supreme Court clarified that a plaintiff must allege an injury in fact that is both concrete and particularized to establish standing to sue in federal court.
Federal Agencies’ Proposal Would Require Some Government Contractors to Report Whether They Publicly Disclose Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reduction Goals
Today, the Department of Defense (“DoD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”) (collectively, the “FAR Council”) proposed amendments and revisions to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) that would require some government contractors to indicate whether they publicly disclose greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and/or quantify corporate GHG reduction goals.