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Alaska Wilderness League V. U.S. Epa, Maxwell Kirchhoff Oct 2013

Alaska Wilderness League V. U.S. Epa, Maxwell Kirchhoff

Public Land & Resources Law Review

In this case, the Ninth Circuit deferred to the EPA’s interpretation of a statute concerning whether increment requirements were applicable to a temporary source pollutant. The court held that Shell Offshore, Inc. was not required to analyze the potential impact of an offshore drill barge, the Kulluk, under the Clean Air Act. Additionally, the plaintiffs’ challenge concerning the Kulluk's impact on ambient air was defeated pursuant to Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands, REDOIL v. EPA.


The Dormant Commerce Clause And California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Kathryn Abbott Sep 2013

The Dormant Commerce Clause And California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Kathryn Abbott

Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), enacted as part of the State’s pioneering Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), purports to regulate the amount of carbon emissions associated with fuels consumed in the state. Part of this scheme involves assigning numeric scores to vehicle fuels reflecting the amount of carbon emissions associated with their production, transportation, and use. The scores are part of a “cap-and-trade” scheme to lower the state’s total amount of carbon emissions associated with fuel use. Out-of-state industry groups brought a challenge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California ...


Administrative Sovereignty: Expanding The Scope Of Federal Agency Enforcement Powers In Alaska V. Environmental Protection Agency, Joshua Hill Apr 2013

Administrative Sovereignty: Expanding The Scope Of Federal Agency Enforcement Powers In Alaska V. Environmental Protection Agency, Joshua Hill

Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary

No abstract provided.


Massachusetts V. Environmental Protection Agency, Exploring The Merits Of Greenhouse Gas Regulation, Elise Korican Apr 2013

Massachusetts V. Environmental Protection Agency, Exploring The Merits Of Greenhouse Gas Regulation, Elise Korican

Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary

The purpose of this case note is to explore the Supreme Court's decision in Massachusetts v. EPA. Part II provides the historical background of global warming, related legislation, the enactment of the Clean Air Act and later amendments, as well as relevant case holdings as to judicial review of agency decisions and implementation of the Clean Air Act. Part III sets out the operative facts of the Massachusetts v. EPA case beginning with the initial rulemaking petition, through the decision of the district court of appeals, and describes the facts as presented to the Supreme Court. Part IV outlines ...


Happy Air!: Strengthening The Role Of Administrative Law In Environmental Enforcement, Erica Bourdon Mar 2013

Happy Air!: Strengthening The Role Of Administrative Law In Environmental Enforcement, Erica Bourdon

Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary

No abstract provided.


Ruckleshaus V. Sierra Club: Muddying The Waters Of Fee-Shifting In Federal Environmental Litigation , Jeanne A. Taylor Jan 2013

Ruckleshaus V. Sierra Club: Muddying The Waters Of Fee-Shifting In Federal Environmental Litigation , Jeanne A. Taylor

Pepperdine Law Review

In numerous federal environmental statutes, Congress gave plaintiffs the right to recover attorneys' fees when the court finds them "appropriate." In Ruckleshaus v. Sierra Club, the United States Supreme Court held that it was only "appropriate" to grant attorneys' fees when the plaintiff had at least partially prevailed on the merits. The decision ignored both the important role environmental groups play in the interpretation and development of regulatory programs through litigation and the ability of the lower courts to determine when attorneys' fees were "appropriate." The Court, instead, focused on the adversarial nature of such groups and the traditional American ...


There’S Still A Chance: Why The Clean Air Act Does Not Preempt State Common Law Despite The Fourth Circuit’S Ruling In North Carolina V. Tva, Thomas J. Alves Jan 2013

There’S Still A Chance: Why The Clean Air Act Does Not Preempt State Common Law Despite The Fourth Circuit’S Ruling In North Carolina V. Tva, Thomas J. Alves

Hofstra Law Student Works

Many legal hurdles confront plaintiffs who assert common law public nuisance claims against energy companies in an effort to curtail their production of greenhouse gases (GHG’s). These include standing, political question, the dormant commerce clause, and federal preemption. This paper explores federal preemption of common law public nuisance claims by the Clean Air Act (CAA) and concludes that such common law claims remain viable. The Supreme Court’s ruling in International Paper Co. v. Ouellette, 479 U.S. 481 (1987) (Ouellette), combined with the textual, structural, and schematic similarities between the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the CAA, form ...


E15 Partial Waivers: How The Epa Exceeded Its Authority And Placed Its Liability On Others, Tyler Brewer Jan 2013

E15 Partial Waivers: How The Epa Exceeded Its Authority And Placed Its Liability On Others, Tyler Brewer

Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law

No abstract provided.


Can't You Smell That Smell? Clean Air Act Fixes For Factory Farm Air Pollution, J. Nicholas Hoover Jan 2013

Can't You Smell That Smell? Clean Air Act Fixes For Factory Farm Air Pollution, J. Nicholas Hoover

Student Articles and Papers

Massive facilities that keep large numbers of livestock have overtaken small, independent farms as the primary source of meat, eggs, and dairy in the United States. These concentrated animal feeding operations ("CAFOs) compare more to industrial manufacturing operations than to traditional farms, and emit huge quantities of air pollutants that are harmful to public health, sickening people and damaging the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") possesses statutorily provided tools under the Clean Air Act that it uses to regular other polluting industries. However, this article - after reviewing the rise of CAFOs, examining the threats they pose, and surveying current ...


Waste Not, Want Not: Landfill Gas To Energy Projects, Climate Change, And The Clean Air Act, Katherine A. Trisolini Jan 2013

Waste Not, Want Not: Landfill Gas To Energy Projects, Climate Change, And The Clean Air Act, Katherine A. Trisolini

San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law

This Article aims to address this gap, proposing how the Rule could be amended to reduce methane generally and enhance LGTE specifically.

The sections discuss legal mechanisms to reduce landfill methane emissions and promote LGTE where appropriate, focusing on the federal Clean Air Act’s potential role in regulating landfill gas emissions. Section II explains the adverse effects of methane emissions generally and the potential benefits of reducing landfill emissions specifically. Section III describes federal emissions standards under the Clean Air Act and incentive programs for expanded use of LGTE. The discussion highlights potential conflicts between divergent means of regulating ...