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McCarthy defends CO2 standards before house committee
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

On June 29, Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency’s assistant administrator for air and radiation, told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power that EPA regulations will contribute to the closing of old coal-fired electrical generation units, while also paving the way for more advanced coal-fired units


VT nuke block attempt didn’t exhaust admin remedies
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled June 26 that Vermont cannot block a 20-year license renewal for the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station on the basis of a Clean Water Act procedural requirement after the state failed to exhaust its administrative remedies at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission


East coast sea level rise high
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The U.S. Geological Survey published a report June 24 finding that the rates of sea-level rise between Boston and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, since 1990 are three to four times higher than the global average


Sea level findings
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The National Research Council (NRC) released Sea Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Washington and Oregon: Past, Present and Future, a report finding that while global sea levels are rising, the sea level south of California's Cape Mendocino is falling while levels in Oregon and Washington are rising


Fracking rule by year’s end
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change, said June 25 that the administration is committed to issuing an Interior Department rule to regulate fracking on federal lands by the end of the year


Jaczko investigation completed
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

Responding to an August 2011 investigation request from Senators James Inhofe (R-OK), John Barrasso (R-WY), David Vitter (R-LA), and Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspector general’s office completed June 26 its investigation into Chairman Gregory Jaczko’s management style and has written a report that leaves both Chairman Jaczko and his critics claiming victory


NY acid rain monitoring
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The Adirondack Council urged the New York Department of Environmental Conservation June 25 to reconsider a plan to close one of its acid rain monitoring stations in the southwestern portion of Adirondack Park, saying the site provides 25 years of historic monitoring data and should not be supplanted by a nearby federal monitoring station


Consideration of supply chain risks
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

Speaking at an Association of Climate Change Officers conference June 25, General Services Administration Director Nancy Gillis said that the federal government is looking for suppliers that consider risk in their supply chains


CA budget delays linkage with Quebec
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) approved a budget plan June 28 forcing the California Air Resources Board to delay adoption of regulations that would allow the agency to link the state’s greenhouse gas emissions trading program with one Quebec is implementing


$700 billion could be saved
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

Taxpayers for Common Sense, Friends of the Earth, and the R Street Institute released a study June 26 finding that Congress could save taxpayers nearly $700 billion over 10 years be eliminating environmentally harmful subsidies and programs ranging from oil and gas industry tax breaks to loan guarantees for alternative energy projects