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Workshop on EPA's Proposed Clean Power/CAA Section 111(d) Rules

July 14, 2014

Co-sponsored by Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

In June 2014, EPA released arguably the most important set of proposed rules in its efforts to restrain greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources: regulation of existing and modified fossil fuel power plants under Clean Air Act Section 111(d).

The proposals have broad implications for the economy and the environment, pose challenges for harmonizing federal and state action on both environmental and energy fronts, and set the stage for regulation of other sectors under Section 111(d). As a result, it is critical to understand the scope, implications, and nuances of the proposed rules.

Taking place during EPA's comment period, the Workshop featured top experts from government, industry, nonprofits, and academia who will explored practical and legal implications of this significant regulatory undertaking. This interactive event took a "deep dive" into these rules.

You may download a document with all the speaker bios HERE.

8:30 - 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:05 am Welcome
John Cruden, Environmental Law Institute
9:05 - 9:30 am Section 111(d): A Historical Perspective
Robert R. Nordhaus, Van Ness Feldman LLP
9:30 - 11:15 am Defining the "Best System of Emission Reduction" under Section 111(d)
Scott E. Schang, Environmental Law Institute (moderator)
Dallas Burtraw, Resources for the Future
Megan Ceronsky, Environmental Defense Fund
Lorie J. Schmidt, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Allison Wood, Hunton & Williams LLP
11:15 - 11:30 am Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm State Choices: Flexibility and Limits
Jeremy M. Tarr, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University (moderator)
S. William Becker, National Association of Clean Air Agencies
Tom Curry, M.J. Bradley & Associates LLC
Tim Profeta, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
12:30 - 1:30 pm Luncheon Keynote
Joseph Goffman, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1:30 - 2:30 pm

Regional Coordination: Considering the Alternatives
Gabe Pacyniak, Georgetown Climate Center, Georgetown La(moderator)
Kathy M. Kinsey, Maryland Department of the Environment
Franz Litz, Great Plains Institute
Paul M. Sotkiewicz, PJM Interconnection

2:30 - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 - 3:45 pm Legal Ramifications and Litigation
Thomas A. Lorenzen, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP (moderator)
Michael B. Gerrard, Columbia Law School
Roger R. Martella, Jr., Sidley Austin LLP
Ethan Shenkman, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
3:45 - 4:45 pm 111(d) in Context: Broader Energy and Policy Implications
Jonas Monast, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University (moderator)
Emily Fisher, Edison Electric Institute
Judith Greenwald, U.S. Department of Energy
Sheila Slocum Hollis, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Kevin Kennedy, World Resources Institute
4:45 pm Wrap Up
John Cruden, Environmental Law Institute

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