Author Archives: Katherine O'Konski

D.C. Circuit Grants DOJ Request to Hold EPA’s 2015 Ozone Standards Cases in Abeyance

In an order issued last week, the D.C. Circuit granted DOJ’s request in Murray Energy Corp. v. EPA, No. 15-1385, to hold in abeyance challenges to EPA’s 2015 update to the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  The Clean … Continue reading

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Litigation Update: Clean Power Plan, New Source Performance Standards, and Effluent Limitations

Clean Power Plan.  As we previously reported following the President’s March 28, 2017 Energy Executive Order, the Department of Justice has requested that the D.C. Circuit hold the CPP in abeyance while EPA conducts a review of the rule.  The … Continue reading

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Columbia University Report: Repurposing Oil and Gas Financing for Renewable Project Development

Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy published a report this week, Financing Solar and Wind Power: Insights from Oil and Gas, considering whether the financial tools used in the oil and gas industries for raising capital could serve as … Continue reading

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Trump Administration’s “Budget Blueprint” Proposes Cuts to DOE, EPA, DOI

The White House Office of Management and Budget released its first budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, outlining the Trump Administration’s proposed discretionary funding and spelling out its intent to reduce federal spending on non-defense programs by $54 million.  The … Continue reading

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White House Releases Further Guidance for Its “One-In, Two-Out” Executive Order

On Monday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memorandum dated March 2, 2017, outlining guidelines and procedures for executive agency submissions to the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Unified Agenda). According to … Continue reading

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