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August 29, 2016 0

Fuel Economy Standards Tightened for Heavy to Medium Trucks

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Medium and heavy duty trucks ranging from school buses to dump trucks will have to meet tightened greenhouse gas emission standards and fuel economy standards under new regulations issued by the Obama administration.  The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly issued a final rule which is to be phased in […]

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August 23, 2016 0

Steve O’Day Speaks on HB57, a New Solar Energy Market

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On Monday, August 22, Steve O’Day participated in a panel presentation on “Solar 101”, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and geared primarily for nonprofits wishing to utilize solar energy for their facilities.  Steve’s topic was “HB57, a New Solar Energy Market”, addressing the solar energy financing market created by HB57, the Georgia […]

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August 15, 2016 0

Oil, Gas Industry Air Pollution Standards Will Not be Reopened

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The 2012 emission standards (“ESs”) applicable to the oil and gas industry will not be reopened by the U.S. EPA despite requests by the American Petroleum Institute and other industry and environmental groups’ petitions.   The ESs, which include the first Federal air standards for natural gas wells that are hydraulically fractured, were intended to curb […]

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August 9, 2016 0

Federal Appellate Court Rules In CERCLA Air Emissions Case

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On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision in a novel air emissions case under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA).  In Joseph Pakootas, et al. v. Teck Cominco Metals, the Ninth Court of Appeals held that the defendant smelter operator was not […]

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August 2, 2016 0

EPA, Greenhouse Gas from Aircraft Emissions Endanger Human Health

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On July 25, 2016, pursuant to the authority of Section 231(a) of the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) the U.S. EPA declared that emissions of greenhouse gas from aircraft endanger human health and the environment.  The endangerment finding, which can be found at RIN 2060-AS31 opens the door for the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions […]

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July 26, 2016 0

New Threshold Requirements for Methane Emissions from Landfills

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On July 15, 2016 the U.S. EPA released its new source performance standard (RIN2060-AM08) for landfills built or modified after July 17, 2014 for methane emissions.  The emissions guidelines, which are designed to curb the greenhouse gas methane, lowered the emissions threshold from 50 metric tons of methane to 34 metric tons.  This is the […]

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July 18, 2016 0

U.S. EPA Sued Over Denial of New Power Plant Rule Reconsideration

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On July 1, nearly half of the States filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the U.S. EPA’s denial of their petition to rehear the new power plant rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions.  The challenge is expected to be consolidated with ongoing litigation over the EPA’s new […]

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July 11, 2016 0

GEORGIA SUPREME COURT DECISION REGARDING CAUSATION TESTIMONY IN ASBESTOS CASE

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On July 5, 2016, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a decision in Scapa Dryer Fabrics, Inc. v. Knight, et al., in which the plaintiff alleged he was exposed to asbestos-containing products at a textile manufacturer’s facility in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  In reversing a Georgia Court of Appeals decision, the Georgia Supreme Court […]

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June 27, 2016 0

U.S. EPA Prepares to Defend Whitehouse Clean Power Plan

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Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision halting the Carbon Dioxide Standards implementation under the Clean Air Act (the “Act”), the U.S. EPA began to prepare their public defense of the plan.  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a February e-mail to all staff, the day after the Supreme Court issued its stay, that […]

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June 22, 2016 0

SGR Client Cox Enterprises Announces Program to Invest $25 Million in Cleantech Companies

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SGR is proud to have the award-winning Cox Conserves program of Cox Enterprises as its client.  The program has laudable goals for carbon, waste and water neutrality, and SGR assists the company in implementation of its efforts to meet those goals.  On June 13, 2016, Cox Enterprises took another giant step in its sustainability initiative […]

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