In Kempton v. Southern Flavor Real Estate, L.P., the Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment order in favor of a commercial greenhouse operator and against a residential neighbor’s claim of nuisance due to excess light emitted from the greenhouse. The greenhouse business was located on rural land zoned for agricultural use. The greenhouse used automated lights mounted near the glass roof and pointed down toward the floor. A significant amount of the light reflected upward and was emitted through the roof. The neighbor owned the adjoining land with a house located about 1,000 feet from the greenhouse. The… Read more
EPA Proposes Carbon Limits for Airplanes
On Wednesday, July 21, the EPA proposed a new rule to set greenhouse emission standards for certain types of aircraft under the Clean Air Act. Under the proposal, the EPA will adopt domestic standards that conform with the International Civil Aviation Organization guidelines which require reduced carbon dioxide emissions from new aircraft starting in 2028. The proposed rule is welcomed by most major commercial aircraft manufacturers who already comply with the ICAO standards. For more information, please contact Phillip Hoover.
THE EPA CAN NOW REGULATE GREENHOUSE GASES
The E.P.A. can now regulate greenhouse gases. A federal appeals court agreed with the E.P.A. that greenhouse gases endanger public health, which means that the agency has the authority to limit emissions under the Clean Air Act. This decision is a major blow to the coal industry. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided that the Environmental Protection Agency (“E.P.A.”) was correct in its assertion that the Clean Air Act requires the federal government to impose limits on the emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. In 2007, the E.P.A. argued that it did… Read more