On Oct. 7, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 253 and SB 261, both of which dramatically expand corporate climate disclosures for both private andContinue Reading California Enacts First-of-Their-Kind Laws Requiring Corporate Climate Disclosures
On May 22, 2023, the Lower Colorado Basin States comprised of California, Arizona, and Nevada agreed to voluntarily conserve three million acre-feet of water over the next three years. This…Continue Reading Lower Colorado Basin States’ Compromise on Water Conservation
There have been a series of recent high-profile legislative actions and media articles concerning attempts to ban natural gas appliances or natural gas service to consumers over alleged safety and…Continue Reading 9th Circuit Chills Municipal Government Efforts to Ban Natural Gas for Cooking, Heating
On Nov. 16, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its updated 2022 Scoping Plan to outline policies and actions California proposes to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels…Continue Reading California Air Resources Board Releases Updated 2022 Scoping Plan
On Dec. 7, 2021, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) began the process of updating California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) by holding a virtual workshop where CARB staff discussed…
Continue Reading California Air Resources Board Begins Process to Update Low Carbon Fuel Standard Regulations
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
Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP is expanding its Environmental Practice in California to meet client demand with the addition of Shareholder Hazel Ocampo in the firm’s Orange County and
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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