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Posted in Agency News, Tennessee, Water
TDEC is in the process of revising General Aquatic Resource Alteration Permits (General Permits) for a new five year term.  A meeting will be held on November 21, 2014 to solicit input from stakeholders on the revised General Permits.  The draft General Permits will be issued December 1, 2014 with the comment period scheduled to … Continue Reading

U.S. Circuit Courts Decide Against Mining Interests

Posted in Agency News, Energy, EPA, Kentucky, Natural Resources, Water
On Friday, July 11, 2014, two U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals issued important decisions regarding Clean Water Act permitting.  Both appeals saw the losing side supported by numerous and diverse amici.  These levels of participation in the appellate process indicate the far-reaching significance of the decisions beyond the cases’ direct application to Appalachian coal mining. First, … Continue Reading

EPA Cannot Impose Emission Limits Based Only on Greenhouse Gases

Posted in Agency News, Air, Climate Change, Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases, EPA, Federal
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday, June 23, limits EPA’s authority to impose limits on emissions of greenhouse gases (“GHGs”).   Reviewing challenges to EPA’s rule limiting GHGs under the Clean Air Act’s provisions of Prevention of Significant Deterioration (“PSD”) and Title V permitting, the Court held that the Act did not require that EPA impose limits on GHGs in instances … Continue Reading

Comment Period Extended on Waters of the United States

Posted in Agency News, EPA, Water
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Corps of Engineers have extended until October 20, 2014, the comment period on the groundbreaking proposed rule to define Waters of the United States.  EPA informed select stakeholders on June 10, but the official notice was published in the Federal Register on June 24, 2014.  For more information, see … Continue Reading

Where is the Practice of Environmental Law Going?

Posted in Agency News, Air, CERCLA, Climate Change, Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases, Energy, EPA, Water
The Practice of Environmental Law is ever changing in breadth and in scope based upon the maturing of the science, acceptance of environmental protection, and adoption of sustainability concepts.   The American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy & Resources (“SEER”) in conjunction with Vanderbilt School of Law will discuss the “State of the Practice” at … Continue Reading

EPA Issues Revised Proposed Rule for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Posted in Agency News, Air, Climate Change, Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases, EPA
EPA has withdrawn its previous rule issued April 2012 and  released its revised proposed rule concerning greenhouse gas emissions for electric utility generating units. 79 Fed. Reg. 1429 (Jan. 8, 2014).   The revised rule would require carbon capture and storage for steam generating units fired by coal and petroleum coke.  Performance standards for natural gas-fired units are based … Continue Reading

Sports and Sustainability: An Alliance to Cheer About

Posted in Agency News, Climate Change, EPA, Sustainability
We here at Environmental Law News are enthusiastic about both sports and sustainability. Imagine our excitement when we learned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently unveiled a new online Green Sports Resource Directory that can help teams, venues, and leagues save money and reduce carbon pollution through increased energy efficiency, a key part of President Obama’s Climate … Continue Reading

Bill Penny: Chair of the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Posted in Agency News, Energy, Federal, Natural Resources, Tennessee
We here at Environmental Law News are pleased to report that our colleague, William L. (Bill) Penny, is the new chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER). He is the first Tennessean to lead this prestigious legal professional membership group. His tenure as chair began during the ABA Annual Conference … Continue Reading

TDEC Announces Open Enrollment for Qualifying Local Programs Construction Stormwater Permitting

Posted in Agency News, Tennessee, Water
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has recently announced that its pilot period for the Qualifying Local Program has ended and it is now accepting new applications. Legislation that passed last summer and became effective on July 1 of this year allows any eligible Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) to apply through TDEC to become a Qualifying Local … Continue Reading

TDEC’s Division of Water Resources Is On The Move

Posted in Agency News, Tennessee
The Nashville Central Office of the Division of Water Resources is moving to a new location on July 26, 2013. Most DWR personnel will relocate to the 11th floor of the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower. Personnel with the State Revolving Fund program and executive office will relocate to the 12th floor of the Tenn Tower on August … Continue Reading

UST Division Recognized for Cost Savings and Compliance

Posted in Agency News, Tennessee, Waste
Some interesting information from today’s board meeting.  At today’s meeting of the Underground Storage Tank and Solid Waste Disposal Control Board, members of the Board complimented the Division of Underground Storage Tanks for its performance in saving money and for its compliance score.  Savings seem to be related to two distinct issues.  First, The Division entered into … Continue Reading

REI CEO Tapped as New Interior Secretary

Posted in Agency News, Federal
Today, President Obama filled one of the three key open environmental policy positions in his cabinet by nominating Sally Jewell to be the new Secretary of Interior.  Ms. Jewell is currently the CEO of REI – a Seattle based outdoor clothing and equipment retailer.  Ms Jewell is also a petroleum engineer with work experience in the … Continue Reading

Cellulosic Biofuels an Important Footnote in Obama Administration’s 2012 Budget

Posted in Agency News, Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases, Energy, Federal, Sustainability Policy
The Obama administration’s budget for fiscal year 2012 proposes over $6 billion to support clean energy.  But it appears that only about $340 million of this investment is planned for sustainable biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol. Erin Voegele has reviewed the budget request by Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu.  The budget request includes $10 million … Continue Reading