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R44480 – Clean Power Plan: Legal Background and Pending Litigation in West Virginia v. EPA – 10/13/2016

R44480 – Clean Power Plan: Legal Background and Pending Litigation in West Virginia v. EPA – 10/13/2016 published on

Author: Alexadra M. Wyatt, Legislative Attorney
Pages: 36

This report provides legal background on the Rule, its Clean Air Act (CAA) framework under Section 111, and climate-related lawsuits that have preceded the present litigation over the CPP. It then gives an overview of the participants in the current litigation, including two groups of Members of Congress, who have offered briefs in support of the petitioners and the respondents, respectively. This report explains the major events in the litigation as of the date of publication, including the Supreme Court stay, and the likely timetable of events in the near term. Bills: H.R. 2834

R42142 – EPA’s Vessel General Permits: Background and Issues – 10/12/2016

R42142 – EPA’s Vessel General Permits: Background and Issues – 10/12/2016 published on

Author: Claudia Copeland, Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy
Pages: 24

This report is an overview of the revised VGP for large vessels and two key issues: inclusion of numeric performance standards to limit ballast water discharges from vessels, and controversies about the role of states in regulating vessel discharges. It also reviews the final sVGP for small vessels and Congress’s recent interest in these issues. Bills: H.R. 980, H.R. 3464, H.R. 4005, H.R. 5769, H.R. 2838, S. 371, S. 2094, S. 2943

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