As reflected by yesterday’s announcement regarding extension of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan to the oil and gas sector, the Clean Power Plan (CPP) regulations for the control of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel fired electric generating units are just the first of many that will affect a number of industries.

In an article to be published in the November 2015 edition of the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Law Reporter, Ballard Spahr attorneys Robert B. McKinstry, Jr. and Ronald M. Varnum read between the lines of the CPP. Their conclusion: the decisions states make today to comply with the plan will likely have a tremendous impact on the future regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from the petrochemical, manufacturing, and other industries.

Now is the time, the authors suggest, for the industries that have yet to be regulated to promote compliance mechanisms that would work for all industries, rather than strictly the electric generation sector.

As a courtesy to our clients and friends, Ballard Spahr is delighted to provide you with a copy of the article here. We encourage you to call Ronald M. Varnum at 215.864.8416 or with any questions or comments.

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