The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit on July 15 issued a decision in which it agreed to stay an Environmental Protection Agency regional haze final rule because the state of Texas and several other parties have "shown a threat of irreparable injury" if a stay is not granted.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, leading a coalition of Northeastern states, filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court early this month against the Environmental Protection Agency, seeking action by the EPA to control ground-level ozone, or smog, coming from upwind states.
Several states and companies on Oct. 13 filed opening briefs challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Act Section 111(b) rule, which sets carbon dioxide limits for new, modified, and reconstructed coal and gas power plants.
In an Oct. 17 ruling, a federal court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to come up with a plan for evaluating the effects of its regulations on the coal industry, and told the agency to do so within two weeks.
The American Public Power Association is generally supportive of the Clean Energy Incentive Program — part of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan — to provide credit for early action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but believes the proposed rule to carry out the program needs to go farther to recognize investments in energy efficiency, renewable power and other low-carbon dioxide emitting energy resources, APPA told the EPA on Nov. 1.
Responding to a recent order from a federal court, the Environmental Protection Agency has submitted a plan for how it would evaluate the effects of its air regulations on the coal industry.