US Environmental Protection Agency

New Legal Analysis Shows How Untapped Clean Air Act Provision Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Date of Release: 
Jan 14 2016

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA, January 14, 2016––A team of law professors and attorneys at three of the country’s leading centers devoted to climate change and environmental law have published a joint paper concluding that an unused provision of the Clean Air Act authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement an economy-wide, market-based program to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions and achieve the Obama Administration’s Paris Agreement pledge.

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VW faces billions in fines as U.S. sues for environmental violations

Date of Release: 
Jan 6 2016

The U.S. Justice Department has sued Volkswagen for up to $48 billion for allegedly violating environmental laws - a reminder of the carmaker's problems nearly four months after its emissions scandal broke.

Although such U.S. lawsuits are typically settled at a fraction of the theoretical maximum penalty, analysts said the size of the claim meant Volkswagen (VW) could face a larger bill than previously anticipated.

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