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Air Pollution Standards for Stationary Sources--Next Moves

Leslie Carothers: Donald Stever is an environmental lawyer with more than 30 years of civil and criminal environmental litigation and counseling experience. He is now a partner at the K&L Gates law firm in New York. In his earlier...

Benzman v. Whitman

The Second Circuit remanded with directions to dismiss claims against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a former Agency administrator for misleading plaintiffs into believing that the air quality in lower Manhattan in...

Coalition for Equal Rights v. Ritter

The Tenth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of Colorado's Clean Indoor Air Act. The Act bans smoking in indoor areas, but it expressly exempts from this general prohibition "airport smoking concessions" such as airport restaurants...

Breathing Easy: Improving Indoor Air Quality Through Green Building as Public Policy

Editors' Summary: Poor indoor air quality is a significant, growing concern for office workers. Indoor air quality-related illnesses like sick building syndrome impose a variety of personal, economic, and legal costs on both workers and...

Lombardi v. Whitman

The Second Circuit upheld the dismissal of rescue, search, and cleanup workers' substantive due process complaint against federal officials for knowingly issuing false statements about air quality safety in the aftermath of the...

Fictional Credits or Progressive Action? Seattle Utility's Greenhouse Gas Offset Program Goes to Court

Editor's Summary: Several cities have developed innovative initiatives to combat global warming in the absence of concerted federal regulatory action. One such city is Seattle, Washington. In April 2000, the city directed its municipal...

Benzman v. Whitman

A court partially grants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) and individuals' motions to dismiss a class action suit stemming from plaintiffs' exposure to hazardous substances in the interior of their residences, schools...

Emissions Trading: Lessons From SO2 and NOx Emissions Allowance and Credit Systems Legal Nature, Title, Transfer, and Taxation of Emission Allowances and Credits

I. Introduction

Emissions trading is increasingly recognized as a cost-effective policy instrument to reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in our atmosphere. The concept, which until recently was treated with...

The Future of Air Pollution Control in the Corporatist State

Chasing the Wind: Regulating Air Pollution in the Common Law State, a book authored by Noga MoragLevine, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, is a broad indictment of "air pollution control...

A Perfect Storm: Mercury and the Bush Administration, Part II

The Storm Continues

In December 2003, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule to control mercury emissions from power plants and issued a final rule for mercury from chlor-alkali facilities. For power...