News and Analysis
Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is urging the U.S. EPA to reconsider a proposed rule that would require power companies to install yet-to-be developed pollution control technology on generation facilities powered by fossil fuels.
The proposed rule would give power companies roughly eight years to use carbon capture and storage technology. The rule would also require natural gas power plants to start using hydrogen in the early 2030s — and eventually convert to almost all hydrogen. 1/11/2024
At the end of 2023, the U.S. EPA significantly increased its estimates for what is commonly called “the social cost of greenhouse gases.” E&E News reports that higher social cost values “are likely to help the Biden administration make the case that stricter climate rules are justified, even if they come at some cost to regulated industry.” Read more. 1/11/2024
As a reminder, Ohio EPA will host a complimentary webinar on Jan. 24 to brief businesses on how to apply for the agency’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) award. Over the years, the E3 program has honored multiple OMA members. See the 2023 awardees. 1/4/2024
In 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court and federal district courts will rule on several cases that could significantly limit federal regulators’ actions on environment and infrastructure policy, according to reports.
Among the key issues to be addressed are rules regarding greenhouse gas emissions, natural gas infrastructure, and renewable energy projects. 1/3/2024
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is leading one of the challenges against the rule, which would cost as much as $910 million per year in compliance costs, according to EPA estimates. The plan would target natural gas pipelines, iron and steel production, cement manufacturing, and paper and cardboard manufacturers. 12/26/2023
OMA Connections Partner Roetzel has published this update on Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs). Considered a key tool in crafting settlement agreements in environmental enforcement cases involving the U.S. EPA and Department of Justice, SEPs allow defendants to earn credits up to 80% of SEP costs against the settlement. 12/28/2023
Over the years, the E3 program has publicly recognized organizations — including multiple OMA members — for their environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts. See this year’s awardees. 12/19/2023
OMA Connections Partner BSI is offering a complimentary, on-demand webinar that can help food manufacturers raise awareness regarding product-level carbon neutrality. Learn more and register. 12/20/2023
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chair of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, has subpoenaed two major investment firms as part an investigation into Environmental Social Governance (ESG) standards imposed on corporations. Reuters published this report. In a letter accompanying the subpoena, Jordan says U.S. antitrust laws may have been broken. 12/18/2023