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CA ballot measure allowed to proceed
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • November 27 2011

On November 22, the California secretary of state announced that Oscar Alejandro Braun of Half Moon Bay may begin collecting signatures to qualify his proposed ballot measure eliminating California environmental laws and agencies for inclusion in the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot


Fuel savings estimated
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • November 27 2011

Environment America released a report November 21 that found that if the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed 2025 fuel economy standards were in effect today, Americans would save nearly $260 million in fuel costs over the Thanksgiving weekend


Hearings
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • November 27 2011

On November 29, The House Rules Committee has scheduled a meeting to consider a rule for floor consideration of the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (H.R. 527) and the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011 (H.R. 3010


2 renewable energy project ok’d
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 8 2012

The Department of Interior approved two renewable energy projects December 29 totaling 379 MW, powering 112,500 homes, and using transmission lines across public lands


Competitive bidding for renewable energy land
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 8 2012

In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking published December 29, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management said that it is considering competitive bidding for public land leased to solar and wind energy developers to obtain market value for the land and to ensure a fairer selection process


Offshore wind transmission
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 8 2012

The Department of Interior announced December 20 the first major step in developing an offshore wind transmission line on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf


Solar tariff decision delayed
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 8 2012

The Department of Commerce announced December 29 that it would delay for a month its decision on additional tariffs for Chinese solar-equipment imports


Cybersecurity program created
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 8 2012

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced January 5 the creation of the Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management Maturity project


States may trade to reduce haze
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 8 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule December 30 to allow a number of states to use the emissions trading program under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule to reduce regional haze as an alternative to requiring best available retrofit technology for power plants


Personnel
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 8 2012

Dr. Paul Anastas, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development and chief science adviser, is leaving the agency in mid-February to return to Yale, where he was a professor of chemistry and the environment before joining the agency in 2009