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Drones and Environmental Monitoring

Aerial drones are emerging as an effective tool for environmental monitoring and enforcement because of their ability to reach areas that would be otherwise inaccessible or cost-prohibitive. However, the regulatory framework has not...

EPA’s New Source Review Program: Time for Reform?

This Article examines the complex CAA program known as new source review (NSR), which affects virtually every major manufacturing facility and power plant in the United States. The NSR program provides important health and environmental...

Pulling the Second Lever: Regulating Black Carbon to Combat Global Warming

Black carbon, a component of soot and the result of incomplete combustion, is one of the most climate-forcing substances in existence. While black carbon is currently unregulated internationally, the technology to substantially reduce...

China’s Air Pollution Rules: Compliance and Enforcement Lessons From Global Good Practices

In recent years, air pollution issues have received unprecedented public attention in China. Partly for this reason, the Chinese government has made significant efforts toward reducing air pollution. However, compliance and enforcement...

Struggling for Context: An Appraisal of “Struggling for Air”

Richard Revesz’s and Jack Lienke’s new book, Struggling for Air, has attracted considerable attention: for instance, it was the subject of a symposium in this...

The Supreme Court’s Stay of the Clean Power Plan: Economic Assessment and Implications for the Future

The Clean Power Plan (CPP) is expected to play an important role in reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. In February 2016, responding to appeals from some of the affected industries and states, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay...

Grandfathering Coal: Power Plant Regulation Under the Clean Air Act

In their book Struggling for Air: Power Plants and the “War on Coal,” Richard Revesz and Jack Lienke detail the history of the Clean Air Act and the political compromises that led to exempting existing power plants from...

The Volkswagen Air Pollution Emissions Litigation

On September 18, 2015, EPA announced that 482,000 Volkswagen diesel engine vehicles sold in the United States were programmed to pass emissions tests, but when operated under normal driving conditions emit air pollutants well above the...

Familiar Territory: A Survey of Legal Precedents for the Clean Power Plan

A coalition of states, utilities, energy producers, and other industry groups has brought a challenge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which...

EPA’s New Ground-Level Ozone Standard

On October 1, 2015, after years of delay punctuated by litigation and political maneuvering, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued revised national ambient air quality standards for ground-level ozone. Last set at 75 parts per...