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Adobe PDFEPA Rulemakings Seek to Buttress Renewable Fuel Program
Adrienne M. Timmel, Jean-Cyril Walker; Keller and Heckman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2014, previously published on August 12, 2014
Over the past few weeks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) finalized several rules affecting its Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS”) Program. On July 18, 2014, EPA finalized its rules concerning the Renewable Identification Number (“RIN”) Quality...

 

HTMLGreen Building Code Changes in Baltimore City
Margaret M. Witherup; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2014, previously published on August 11, 2014
A bill now under consideration by the Baltimore City Council could make it more difficult to make modifications of many existing non-residential and multifamily buildings and to obtain exceptions based on cost, feasibility, or historic nature of the building.

 

HTMLEPA Region 6 Office Concerned With Environmental Justice and Greenhouse Gas Issues Related to Texas LNG Export Terminals
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014
In comments filed at FERC recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 office in Dallas, Texas (EPA) has voiced concerns that FERC’s environmental review of several LNG export terminals proposed for construction in Texas has been inadequate. In FERC dockets regarding LNG...

 

HTMLOffice of Planning and Research Issues Draft Update to State CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Traffic Impacts
Sarah E. Owsowitz, Charity B. Schiller, Stephanie Straka; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 7, 2014
As mandated by 2013’s Senate Bill 743, the Office of Planning and Research has released its draft update to the State CEQA Guidelines. SB 743 requires OPR to update the Guidelines to set forth alternative methods of measuring transportation impacts under CEQA. These methods are to replace the...

 

HTMLOregon Environmental Groups Lose Appeal of Coast Guard Recommendation
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 11, 2014
The Portland Tribune reports that the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed Columbia Riverkeeper et al.’s appeal of the U.S. Coast Guard’s issuance of letter of recommendation (LOR) that approved transportation of LNG on the Columbia River. According to the report, the...

 

HTMLFERC Releases DEIS for the Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 7, 2014
FERC Staff has released the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project, which involves construction of an offshore LNG import terminal near the towns of Salinas and Guayama, Puerto Rico and an interconnected pipeline to provide gas supplies for the...

 

HTMLDowneast LNG Approved to Begin FERC’s Pre-Filing Environmental Review Process
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 11, 2014
Today, FERC approved Downeast LNG’s request to begin the pre-filing environmental review process for its proposed bidirectional LNG import-export terminal and interconnected pipeline near Robbinston, Maine. Downeast LNG states that it is planning to convert its proposed LNG import terminal...

 

HTMLCurrent Ethanol Blending Mandate Generates Interesting Opponents and Forces Delay
Ronald W. Farley; Burr & Forman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 4, 2014
An increasingly pitched battle between business and agricultural interests over the blending of ethanol in gasoline has turned its focus to EPA’s rulemaking mandate which sets the minimum volume of renewable fuel sold annually in the U.S. This Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has drawn...

 

HTMLNew CONAMA Resolution Regulates Environmental Permitting of Wind-Power Plants
Luiz Gustavo Bezerra, Gedham Medeiros Gomes, Gabriela Mello; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
On July 25, 2014, the Brazilian National Environmental Council (CONAMA) enacted Resolution No. 462, regulating specific proceedings for the environmental permitting of land wind-power plants. In summary, the new resolution provides for different permitting procedures according to the environmental...

 

HTMLGerman Renewable Energy Act—Changes in 2014
Thomas Berg; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 2014
The amended German Renewable Energy Act ("REA") takes effect on August 1, 2014 and will cause significant changes to Germany's renewable energy landscape, including increased electric generation production targets from renewable energy sources, increased plant capacity, replacement of...

 


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