Monthly Archives: July 2022

Is Momentum Building To Change the Way We Manage Plastic?

There has been a reasonable amount of recent activity related to management (or lack thereof) of plastic waste.  Two more developments this month have me wondering whether we might be near the proverbial tipping point in our approach to managing plastics.

First, California enacted a fairly sweeping statute, S.B. 54, that will impose extended producer responsibility requirements on producers of plastics.  The statute has at least three significant pieces:  (1) a requirement to increase the percentage of single-use packaging that is recycled,… More

West Virginia v. EPA Limits the Federal Government’s Power to Promote Clean Energy and Combat Climate Change

The Supreme Court decided West Virginia v. EPA on Thursday, June 30, 2022, curbing the power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants across the country.  The decision focuses on EPA’s authority under a specific section of the Clean Air Act.  But a closer read suggests more sweeping, longer-term implications for incentivizing the development of clean energy projects nationwide.… More