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Energy & environment update - August 11, 2014
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • August 11 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency held public hearings in Atlanta, Denver, Washington, and Pittsburg the last week of July to consider the Clean


Environmentalists appeal dismissal of their challenge to Sunrise transmission project
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 5 2011

On July 6, a coalition of organizations appealed the July 1st U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California’s dismissal of their challenge to the Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Project permitting process. The


MA and owners of coal-fired power plant agree to monitoring in deal
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 5 2011

A state court ruled that the Mount Tom power plant in Holyoke, MA will have to install a system to provide continuous monitoring of the facility's emissions to settle state allegations that the plant repeatedly exceeded emissions limits over the past several years


10th Circuit oks Sierra Club’s lawsuit dismissal
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • June 5 2011

On May 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club against a power generator in Wyoming, saying the conservation group’s legal action was barred by the doctrine of issue preclusion


Two VT nuclear laws struck down
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • August 19 2013

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled August 14 to strike down two Vermont laws related to nuclear energy, finding that the Atomic


Cross-state rule challenged
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • September 18 2011

Luminant Energy, the largest power generator in Texas, filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, and asking that the court invalidate the rule as it applies to Texas, seeking a stay of the rule while the lawsuit is pending


Biomass delay challenged
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • September 25 2011

The Natural Resources Defense Council filed suit September 19 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the Environmental Protection Agency


Efficiency standards challenge rejected
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • August 21 2011

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit refused 2-1 August 16 to block a final rule by the Department of Energy setting the first energy efficiency standards for small electric motors


Biomass permit exemption challenged
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • August 21 2011

Georgia Forestwatch, Wild Virginia, the Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Law Foundation, and Natural Resources Council of Maine filed a lawsuit August 15 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, challenging a rule that exempts facilities burning biomass from the requirement to obtain greenhouse gas emissions permits for three years


CA Supreme Court validates Clean Water Act use
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • August 21 2011

The California Supreme Court unanimously held August 15 that regulators did not violate the Clean Water Act by applying a cost-benefit standard to determine whether the Moss Landing Power Plant’s cooling water design reflected the best available technology to protect fish and other aquatic organisms