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Coal ash regulation timing
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The National Mining Association and the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group intervened on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency last week in a lawsuit in which environmental advocates are seeking a firm deadline for the agency to issue final coal ash regulations


Offshore leasing plan unveiled
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The Department of Interior released June 28 its proposed final five-year oil and gas offshore leasing plan


New-build issues severed and expedited in MATS challenge
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

June 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted White Stallion Energy Center LLC, Sunflower Electric Power Corp., Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., Power4Georgians LLC, Deseret Power Electric Cooperative, and Tenaska Trailblazer Partners LLC’s collective motion to sever issues specific to new coal-fired power plants from a host of other complaints covered under their suit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's mercury and air toxics standards


$14 million for building efficiency
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The Department of Energy announced June 27 new investments in state-led energy efficiency projects, supporting the administration’s commitment to reduce building energy costs and transfer those savings to taxpayers


Biofuels Phase 1 FOA
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

On April 27, the Department of Defense released a $30 million Funding Opportunity Announcement for Phase 1 of a $210 million effort to establish the commercial-scale manufacture of drop-in replacement transportation biofuels for aviation and marine diesel use


New Jersey anti-fracking by-products law to Christie
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

On June 25, New Jersey Senate approved (on a 30-5 vote) a measure (already approved in the Assembly on a 56-19 vote) prohibiting the treatment, discharge, disposal, or storage of wastewater, wastewater solids, sludge, drill cuttings, or other by-products of hydraulic fracturing anywhere in the state


Energy extenders markup
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The Senate Finance Committee will mark up an energy extenders package in July or September


Personnel
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The Senate unanimously confirmed June 29 Allison Macfarlane and Kristine Svinicki as commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission


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


CRS study of wind PTC
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

On June 20, the Congressional Research Service released U.S. Renewable Electricity: How Does the Production Tax Credit (PTC) Impact Wind Markets?, which found that extending the 2.2-cent-per-kilowatt-hour production tax credit for the wind industry may not result in greater long-term wind power generation capacity, given natural gas prices and state renewable portfolio standards