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|Is Your Landfill or Other Wasting Asset Fairly Assessed?|
Ronald S. Cusano; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
April 20, 2015, previously published on March 2015Some assets, such as houses, art and collectibles, and investments appreciate in value over time; others, such as landfills, are considered “wasting assets,” as they have a finite life and little or no capital value at the end of that life. In fact, a landfill is more of a liability...
|LDEQ Considering Rulemakings in Anticipation of EPA’s Revision of Ozone Standard|
Boyd A. Bryan, Alex Prochaska; Jones Walker LLP;
April 17, 2015, previously published on March 12, 2015In anticipation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to lower the primary and secondary ozone standard from 0.075 parts per million (ppm) to a level within the range of 0.065 to 0.070 ppm, the Louisiana Department of...
|Mexico Moves Forward in the Implementation of Clean Energy Certificates|
José Estandía, Mauricio E. Llamas C., William P.M. Schwind, Teresa Souza, Alberto de la Parra Z.; Jones Day;
April 17, 2015, previously published on April 2015As part of the framework of Mexico's Energy Reform and National Climate Change Strategy to reduce greenhouse gases, on March 31, 2015, the Ministry of Energy ("SENER") published in the Official Federal Gazette the requirements to acquire clean energy certificates, which will go into...
|Obama Administration Issues New Rules Regulating Fracturing Activities on Public and Tribal Lands|
Jennifer M. Hayes, Allan T. Kirk, Omar Samji, Jeffrey A. Schlegel, Charles T. Wehland; Jones Day;
April 17, 2015, previously published on March 2015The U.S. Department of the Interior ("DOI") released final rules regulating hydraulic fracturing activities on federal and tribal lands on March 20, 2015. The new rules were codified in the Federal Register at 43 C.F.R. Part 3160 on March 26, 2015. Unless the courts or Congress...
|New York Lawmakers Agree on 10-Year Extension of Brownfield Law|
Robert M. Rosenthal, Steven C. Russo; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
April 17, 2015, previously published on April 1, 2015In a departure from his budget proposal, the Legislature negotiated changes with the Governor to extend the tax credits for New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) with relatively modest changes to BCP eligibility requirements. The Governor’s budget proposal would have limited the...
|Massachusetts Governor Orders Comprehensive Review of State Regulations|
Jack S. Gearan, H. Hamilton Hackney; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
April 17, 2015, previously published on April 15, 2015On March 31, 2015, the Governor of Massachusetts signed an executive order initiating a comprehensive review of all regulations promulgated by the Executive Department and leaving in place the regulatory pause announced by the Administration earlier in the year. While short in length, this...
|D.C. Cir. Approves EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulation at Some Power Plants|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
April 15, 2015, previously published on April 14, 2015The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) won a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Cir.) that will allow it to continue to regulate existing power plants for greenhouse gases if they are being regulated for other pollutants as well. The Court...
|Leadership Changes at Wyoming BLM|
Holland Hart LLP;
April 15, 2015, previously published on February 4, 2015On January 2, BLM State Director Don Simpson resigned his post. Mary Jo Rugwell, Wyoming BLM’s Associate State Director since August 2012, took on the job of acting State Director. Ms. Rugwell is a Wyoming native and has been working for BLM for over 30 years, including as part of the fluid...
|New Deputy Director Named|
Holland Hart LLP;
April 15, 2015, previously published on February 4, 2015The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) director, Todd Parfitt, has named Alan Edwards as the new deputy director for the agency. Edwards currently serves as the administrator for DEQ’s Abandoned Mine Lands Division and will continue to do so.
|Draft 2013 Regional SO2 Emissions and Milestone Report|
Holland Hart LLP;
April 15, 2015, previously published on February 4, 2015The draft 2013 Regional Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Emissions and Milestone Report is now available for public comment. The report determines whether average adjusted SO2 emissions from 2011, 2012, and 2013 emitted by large industrial sources exceed the 2013 SO2 emission milestone set in the Regional Haze...