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Degraded border land for renewable energy
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Mexico, USA
  • December 18 2011

The Good Neighbor Environmental Board released a report December 14 concluding that all renewable energy planning and land-use projects along the U.S.-Mexico border should optimize the use of rooftops, brownfields, greyfields, and under-used federal properties


Biobased products legislation
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • March 11 2012

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced legislation (Grow It Here, Make It Here, S. 2155) March 5 that would expand a federal loan program for biofuels and other biobased products such as plastics an chemicals and strengthen the Agriculture Department’s BioPreferred program


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


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


EVs cheaper, cleaner
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 22 2012

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report April 16 concluding that electric vehicles are cheaper to charge and emit less CO2 than gasoline vehicles, even in areas with coal-fired utilities


Ethanol waiver lawsuit
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 22 2012

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit questioned industry groups during oral argument April 17 to explain how they were harmed by Environmental Protection Agency waivers allowing gasoline to contain up to 15 percent ethanol, and whether they had standing to bring the challenges


Inhofe Tier-3 amendment dropped from postal bill
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 22 2012

On April 19, Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-OK) amendment to the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012 (S. 1789) delaying Tier 3 standards for gasoline and light-duty vehicle sulfur emissions was ruled out of order to the bill


US building retrofits save $1 trillion
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • March 4 2012

The Deutsche Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation released a study March 1 finding that retrofitting buildings through cost effective energy savings methods in the United States could result in $1 trillion in savings over 10 years and generate up to 3.3 million jobs largely without major federal financial support


Fracking comment period extended
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 22 2012

On January 20, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the extension of the public comment period, to March 12 from January 27, on a December 8 draft report identifying a probable link between groundwater contamination and hydraulic fracturing in Pavillion, WY


Heating and AC equipment standards
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 22 2012

The Department of Energy published a rule January 17 amending conservation standards for several classes of commercial heating, air conditioning, and water heating equipment to incorporate recently updated standards developed by the America Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers