Scott Pruitt's CAA Plan for Regulating CO2 Emissions
Two years ago, ELR published the transcript to a Federalist Society event at the National Press Club where Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt and other panelists debated his CAA §111(d) plan for regulating CO2 emissions. Read it here.
EPA amended specific provisions in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule to streamline and improve implementation of the rule, to improve the quality and consistency of the data collected under the rule, and to clarify or provide minor updates to certain provisions; the Agency also finalized confidentiality determinations for certain data elements.
State Water Quality Standards Not Subject to CWA Citizen Suit Provision
A district court held the CWA's citizen suit provision does not allow for judicial review of EPA's decision to disapprove Maine's water quality standards. The crux of the complaint is that EPA erred when it disapproved certain state water quality standards, not that EPA failed to review them. Although EPA's duty to review water quality standards is mandatory, approving or rejecting them is discretionary.
The December 2016 issue of ELR's News & Analysis features an article that proposes “prior consumption” as an additional measure of water rights in prior appropriation regimes to reflect the true social cost of agricultural water use. The issue also looks at the use of drones for monitoring oil and gas air emissions, and includes a piece recommending the regulation of black carbon via a multilateral environmental agreement. Also featured is the first of a two-part series on the Paris Climate Change Agreement. And the transcript to a recent seminar on the circular economy co-sponsored by ELI and the ABA is included as well.