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Updates from FERC’s Feb. 15 Open Meeting

February 27, 2024 by Nathan Tatum Energy Regulations State and Local

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held its February open meeting on Feb. 15, 2024, addressing a number of items including cold weather reliability standards, hydropower permitting, and natural gas exports.

Heavy industrial pollution leaving smokestacks in blue sky.

Has Massachusetts v. EPA Hurt the Climate?

February 23, 2024 by Diego Huerta Air Climate change Fossil Fuels Regulations State and Local

Massachusetts v. EPA is seen as an unalloyed victory for the climate movement, but over 15 years after the case was handed down, legal knock-on effects from the decision have come back to bite.

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Moving Beyond Zombie Engines: New Regulations Driving Cleaner Locomotion

February 23, 2024 by Paige Kendrick Air Climate change Fossil Fuels Regulations

In the hope to leave Zombie Engines in the past, the EPA recently promulgated a new final rule on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles. In this GELR blog post, Paige Kendrick analyzes the recent changes regarding federal preemption of non-new locomotives and locomotive engines as well as steps being taken by California to reduce locomotive emissions.

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D.C.’s Broken Glass

February 15, 2024 by Nicholas Merrill Plastic pollution State and Local Sustainability

Washington D.C. faces a crisis of confidence regarding its glass recycling practices. Does the District actually recycle our bottles? What can be done?

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Slopes Submerged: Understanding and Addressing Flooding in Ludlow

February 8, 2024 by Nicholas Alois Climate change Regulations State and Local

Last summer, Ludlow, Vermont, experienced devasting flooding after several inches of rain fell in the area in one day. In this article, Nicholas Alois discusses the flood’s impact on the community, the long rebuild process, and recommended flood prevention and mitigation efforts moving forward.

Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building, Washington, D.C.

Basel III: Endgame and Tax Equity Investments: Risk Allocation in Green Energy and Climate Change

February 7, 2024 by Andrew Lloyd Bellah Climate change Regulations

Proposed changes to regulations affecting banks in the United States could potentially jeopardize wind, solar and other renewable energy projects that have relied on tax-equity financing to get off the ground, drawing criticism to regulators charged with the long-term stability of the financial system. The proposed rules, which require banks to hold greater reserves against direct investments in clean energy projects, play into a broader debate over whether a transition to sustainable energy and mitigating the existential risk of climate change fall within the purview of the Fed and other financial regulators.

A hiker in a wheelchair takes to a trail in Yellowstone National Park. (Source: Yellowstone National Park, Flickr, https://flic.kr/p/283wvkb)

Disability Justice and the Environment: Ensuring Equal Access to Nature

January 25, 2024 by Zak Handler Public Lands State and Local

Access to nature is tremendously important to human health and wellbeing; however, it is not equitably distributed. This post examines the law governing disability access to public lands and offers suggestions for improving access.