Author Archives: George S. Van Nest

Environmental Law: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ends “sue and settle” practice in environmental litigation

Over the years the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has regularly settled litigation brought by environmental interest groups and stakeholders through consent decrees and settlement agreements that force EPA action or regulatory changes by court order rather than through normal ...

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Environmental Law: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nullifies part of the Obama administration’s 2013 Climate Action Plan regarding HFC ban

The Obama administration adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2013, which addressed climate change issues. Pursuant to the Climate Action Plan, the past administration indicated that “the [EPA] will use its authority through the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program of ...

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