On Oct. 9, 2021, California Gov. Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 1346, which will require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop regulations to prohibit engine exhaust
Continue Reading California Air Resources Board Announces Rulemaking Regarding Small Off-Road Engine Regulations

On Sept. 25, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz asked the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to initiate the process to establish a Clean Cars Minnesota Rule, which would set both a low-emission vehicle (LEV) standard and a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standard. Next month, the MPCA will begin its rulemaking process, with a goal of adopting a final rule by December 2020. If implemented, Minnesota would join 14 states with an LEV standard, 11 of which also have a ZEV standard.

The Minnesota plan is modeled after California LEV and ZEV standards. California has a nearly 50-year-old waiver under the Clean Air Act permitting the state to set stricter emission standards. After indications that the federal government would publish a rule revoking the waiver, California, joined by 22 other states, including Minnesota, and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce states’ rights to set emission standards more stringent than those imposed by the federal government. The lawsuit presents novel questions under the Clean Air Act including whether a waiver can be revoked, and if so, under what circumstances. Any final rule in Minnesota will be contingent on states retaining the right to adopt more restrictive measures, including through the operative waiver under Sections 209(b) and 177 of the Clean Air Act.   
Continue Reading In Minnesota, More Little Red Corvettes May Soon be Electric

With the recent passage of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which calls for a carbon free electricity market by 2040, New York became the sixth state
Continue Reading An uncertain path to a cleaner future: Zero carbon electricity legislation in New York and California

Despite positive reviews from the EPA and European Food Safety Authority, Bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic compound used to line canned goods and other consumer products, was added to the
Continue Reading Regulation of Bisphenol A (BPA) Will Soon Affect Consumer Products Distributed in California – Comments on Regulation due April 29, 2016

A non-partisan legislative analyst has recommended that the California legislature direct the California Air Quality Board to cease all work on its cap-and-trade program until it completes its analysis of alternatives.

Continue Reading Non-Partisan Legislative Analyst Recommends Ceasing All Work on the Cap-And-Trade Program Until More Alternatives are Analyzed By Legislature