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Brown Urges EPA to Revisit Carbon Capture Rule

January 12, 2024

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.

Read Brown’s press release and this story by The Plain Dealer.

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

U.S. EPA’s New Climate Change Damage Metric

January 12, 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

Reminder: Webinar on Ohio’s Environmental Excellence Award

January 5, 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

Courts Will Consider Key Environmental Cases in 2024

January 5, 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

SCOTUS to Hear Case Against ‘Good Neighbor Plan’

December 28, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear challenges against the U.S. EPA’s so-called “Good Neighbor Plan,” which would significantly expand federal oversight of interstate air emissions.

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

Update on Supplemental Environmental Projects

December 28, 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

Webinar: Applying for Ohio’s E3 Award

December 21, 2023

Ohio EPA will host a complimentary webinar Jan. 24 to brief businesses on how to apply for the agency’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) award program. Register now.

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

On-Demand Webinar: Carbon Neutrality for Food Manufacturers

December 21, 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

Investment Firms Subpoenaed in ESG Probe

December 21, 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