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U.S. Senate releases climate change bill, and other recent developments

  • Torys LLP
  • -
  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • October 5 2009

On October 1, 2009, the U.S. Senate released a draft energy and climate change bill known as the Kerry-Boxer bill after its sponsors Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer

Recent developments in the Western Climate Initiative

  • Torys LLP
  • -
  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • March 6 2009

On February 19, 2009, the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), an initiative of several U.S. states and Canadian provinces to establish a regional greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade system by 2012, released its 2009-2010 Work Plan

EPA begins regulating stationary-source GHG emissions

  • Torys LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 19 2011

On January 2, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for major new and modified GHG emitters took effect

Proposal to reduce use of HFCs

  • Torys LLP
  • -
  • Canada, Mexico, USA
  • -
  • May 14 2010

In April 2010, representatives of Canada, Mexico and the United States retabled their proposal under the Montreal Protocol for a gradual reduction of global production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), chemicals commonly used in refrigeration equipment

California and the Western Climate Initiative takes the spotlight

  • Torys LLP
  • -
  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • September 30 2010

Regional cap-and-trade initiatives have returned to the spotlight after U.S. Senate leaders indefinitely postponed efforts to pass a comprehensive federal climate change bill

U.S. court allows climate change nuisance claim

  • Torys LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 25 2009

On September 21, 2009, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that U.S. federal courts can decide common law actions that allege private emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) are liable for creating a public nuisance

New developments in the United States

  • Torys LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 1 2009

On March 31, 2009, U.S. House Representatives Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released their discussion draft, “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009” (ACES

Californian low carbon fuel standard challenged

  • Torys LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 10 2010

On February 2, 2010, the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) and three other parties filed suit against the California Air Resources Board for the state’s implementation of a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) that requires a 10 reduction in the carbon intensity of the state’s transportation fuels by 2020

GHG emissions to be considered in New York environmental assessments

  • Torys LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 6 2009

According to a recent announcement by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a new policy that becomes effective on August 15, 2009 will require GHG emissions to be included in New York’s environmental review of large-scale projects

EPA revises greenhouse gas reporting rule

  • Torys LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 14 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed amendments to its Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule