Panel Concludes Carbon Capture and Storage Part of the Answer to California’s GHG Emissions

Climate Change

In a final report released last week, a review panel consisting of experts from industry, trade groups, academia and an environmental organization concluded that there was a public benefit to utilizing carbon capture and storage (CCS) for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California. CCS refers to the capture, or removal, of CO2 emissions from power plants and other industrial sources, and the compression, transportation, and injection of it into the subsurface. Among other things, the report also emphasized the need for clear and efficient regulatory requirements and authority for implementing and monitoring CCS.Power Plant

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Another Rule Bites The Dust: The Ninth Circuit Abandons the “Federal Defendant” Rule in NEPA Cases

Environmental Litigation

Thanks to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, gone are the days when private parties and state and local governments were prohibited from intervening on the liability or merit stage of claims brought under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (“NEPA”). CEQA GavelNEPA, much like it’s California equivalent, (California Environmental Quality Act), requires that federal agencies consider the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions by preparing an Environmental Impact Statement. The so-called “federal defendant” rule which categorically barred intervention by right in NEPA cases has been abandoned by the court in its unanimous, en banc (all 11 judges, rather than it’s normal 3) Wilderness Society v. United States Forest Service decision.

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Taking Drinking and Driving To a Whole New Level:

Clean Technology

Four LokoFour Loko and Other Alcoholic Energy Drinks To Be Recycled Into Ethanol

What do you get when you mix an energy drink with enough caffeine to keep you awake for three days and a hefty amount of alcohol? Stumped? Then you clearly aren’t in college or underage. If you were, you would know that the answer is Four Loko and other similar caffeinated alcoholic malt beverages. Although the Food and Drug Administration has recently cracked down on these drinks citing silly reasons like (i) their containing an “unsafe food additive” (adding caffeine to malt liquor… sounds safe to me), (ii) cases of college kids almost dying with blood alcohol levels at or near .30 (it’s not a party until you are at LEAST three times the legal limit – am I right??), and (iii) packaging and flavors aiming sales at youngsters (just because blue raspberry and watermelon are also flavors of Blow Pops? c’mon…), these portable-parties-in-a-can have found new life as … wait for it … gasoline.

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