Earlier this week, commencing what will likely be a lengthy appeal process, a number of environmental organizations filed challenges in federal court to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final regulations governing the use of cooling water at existing power plants and industrial facilities.
On September 2, the following organizations filed petitions with three federal appellate courts, seeking judicial review of the EPA's Final Rule under Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act:
It is anticipated there will also be appeals of EPA's Final Rule on behalf of industry.
Section 316(b) requires that the location, design, construction, and capacity of Cooling Water Intake Structures ("CWISs") reflect the best technology available ("BTA") for minimizing adverse environmental impacts. EPA has said the Final Rule will affect approximately 1,065 existing facilities, including 544 electric generators and 509 manufacturers.
EPA's Final Rule applies to existing facilities that withdraw more than 2 million gallons per day of water from the waters of the United States and that use at least 25 percent of this water exclusively for equipment cooling purposes. The Final Rule's requirements are in response to the potential adverse environmental impacts - impingement and entrainment - associated with the use of CWISs at existing facilities.
The EPA announced the Final Rule in May 2014. (A Day Pitney Alert on May 21, 2014, summarized the key provisions of the Final Rule.) The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2014, and is effective, absent a stay of the Final Rule, on October 14. It is available here.
On June 13, Sebastian Lombardi will be moderating a panel, "Northeast Updates on Tackling Fuel Security," at the 2019 Energy Bar Association (EBA) Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
Alex Judd will be moderating a panel, "Future Cities: Building Projects from the Green Up," at the 2019 New England Energy Conference & Exposition (NEECE), a joint conference of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association and the Connecticut Power and Energy Society being held at the Mystic Marriott in Groton, CT.
On April 4, Joe Fagan will be speaking at Natural Gas & Pipeline Issues, a 50th Anniversary Master Class presented by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and held in Washington, D.C.
Partner Sebastian Lombardi will serve as the moderator at the 2019 Annual Legislative Preview, presented by the Connecticut Power and Energy Society (CPES) and the Connecticut Bar Association's (CBA) Energy Section, and held at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Day Pitney Alert
Josh Cohen, chair of Day Pitney's Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group was quoted extensively in an article, "FERC Rebuke Won't Be Last Word In PG&E Power Deals Fight," published by Law360.
David Doot, Steven Cash and James Blackburn, IV authored an article, "Risk and Opportunity with the Industrial Internet of Things," which was published in the July-August 2019 issue of The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law.
Day Pitney Press Release
Partners Josh Cohen and Dave Doot were quoted in an analysis article, "PG&E's Ch. 11 Brings Rift With FERC Over Power Deals," published by Law360.
Day Pitney associate Alexander W. Judd has been elected to serve as Chair of the Energy, Public Utility and Communications Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA).