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HTMLCertain Climate Change Disclosures May Be Required Under SEC Regulations
Jennifer M. Hayes, Charles T. Wehland; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015
In the shadow of the Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") proposed rule for emission reductions for existing power plants, maintaining the appropriate scope and detail of environmental disclosures as related to climate change is under a spotlight for companies subject to the Security...

 

HTMLCouncil on Environmental Quality Proposes Draft Guidance on GHG and Climate Change Consideration in NEPA Disclosures
Greg S. Martin; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015
On December 18, 2014, the Council on Environmental Quality ("CEQ") released a new draft guidance on when and how federal agencies should consider the effects of GHG emissions and climate change in their reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA"). This likely...

 

HTMLShareholder Resolutions Pressure Corporations to Disclose Plans for Climate Change
Sarah Jean Fox; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015
A large coalition of shareholders in several energy companies has recently published resolutions focused on provoking corporate responses to climate change. In early 2015, 150 investors in BP Plc ("BP") and Royal Dutch Shell Plc ("Shell") published resolutions with the two...

 

HTMLUpdate on California's Climate Change Programs and Litigation
Daniel L. Corbett, Thomas M. Donnelly; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015
Compliance Offset Credits. Under California's cap-and-trade program, the California Air Resource Board ("CARB") awards offset credits to operators of qualifying projects that generate greenhouse gas ("GHG") emission reductions. These credits can be sold to regulated entities to...

 

HTMLObama Administration Announces Planned Rules to Control Methane from Oil and Gas Production Sources
Casey F. Bradford, Simon P. Hansen, Charles T. Wehland; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015
On January 14, 2015, the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") announced plans to propose new standards to control methane emissions from new and modified—but not existing—oil and natural gas production sources. The future regulation is projected...

 

HTMLCalifornia Courts Shelve San Diego's Transportation Plan for Failing to Address Climate Change Impacts
Daniella A. Einik; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015
On November 24, 2014, the California Court of Appeal held that the San Diego Association of Governments' ("SANDAG") environmental impact report ("EIR") for its 2050 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy failed to comply with the California Environmental...

 

HTMLD.C. Circuit Considers Motions to Govern Future Proceedings in Light of Supreme Court's Decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA
Jane Borthwick Story; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015
As previously reported in the Summer 2014 issue of The Climate Report, on June 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that (i) the Clean Air Act ("CAA") does not compel the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions under either the Prevention of Significant...

 

HTMLOntario Unveils Plan to Join Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap-and-Trade System
Michael R. Barrett, Thomas W. McInerney; Bennett Jones LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on April 14, 2015
On the eve of a provincial premiers summit on climate change, the Ontario Government has announced it is joining with Quebec and California in a greenhouse gas ("GHG") cap-and-trade system. Ontario, Quebec and California are members of the Western Climate Initiative and represent a carbon...

 

HTMLNew Jersey Jury Awards $1.5 Million to 83-Year-Old Plumber for Mesothelioma
Paul C. Johnson, Timothy D. Rau; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2015, previously published on April 20, 2015
A Middlesex County jury recently handed down a $1.5 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff in a New Jersey asbestos lawsuit before the Honorable Ana C. Viscomi, JSC. The plaintiffs, Ronald Roe and Donna Rowe, his wife, sued a variety of defendants for asbestos exposure arising out of Ronald...

 

HTMLMaryland Court Overturns Montgomery County Stormwater Permit
Megan Marie Roberts-Satinsky, Charles R. Schaller, Benjamin S. Wechsler; Linowes and Blocher LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2015, previously published on April 20, 2015
On April 2, 2015, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued an opinion in Maryland Department of Environment v. Anacostia Riverkeeper [i] that will fundamentally change the way the Maryland Department of Environment ("MDE") issues Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System...

 


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