Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Environmental law and regulation

Cumulative Impact Ordinances Address Environmental Justice

Chicago may be the latest city to join other cities that have enacted cumulative pollution impact ordinances that address the impact of additional pollution from industrial operations seeking to open or expand operations “in already burdened low-income communities of color,” says the Chicago Sun Times.

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Benefit-Cost Rule Rescinded by EPA

On May 13, 2021, the EPA announced it is rescinding the “Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process,” also known as the Benefit-Cost Rule. The rule was categorized as “unnecessary.”

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HFC Phasedown Announced by EPA

The EPA is proposing to phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are highly potent greenhouse gases (GHGs) commonly used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and many other applications. This is the EPA’s first proposed ruling under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020.