Environmental Evolutions
PFAS! Part Deux

PFAS! Part Deux

January 11, 2022

Learn about the latest developments in PFAS regulation and litigation, as well as issues likely to emerge in 2022. Host Megan Berge is joined by partners Alex Dunn and Stephanie Bergeron Perdue for an update to their April podcast, “PFAS Regulations and Litigation Are Comping P(retty)FAS(t).

A Practical Conversation on Environmental Justice

A Practical Conversation on Environmental Justice

December 27, 2021

In this episode, host Megan Berge talks with partners Lily Chinn and Nadira Clark about their practical approach to helping companies develop or redevelop their approach to environmental Justice. More information, including videos, on the framework Nadira and Lily developed for in-house counsel is available at bakerbotts.com/ACELAS

 

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California 101 - Fast Facts on California’s Air Regulatory Regime

California 101 - Fast Facts on California’s Air Regulatory Regime

August 24, 2021

Ever wonder where the authorities of the California Air Resources Board end and the authorities of the Air Quality Management Districts begin? In this next fast facts episode, California special counsel Julie Cress and partner Megan Berge provide in 15 minutes or less a primer on California's air regulatory regime. Questions about California air programs? Contact Julie Cress or Megan Berge.

The Future of Liquid Fuels

The Future of Liquid Fuels

August 10, 2021

This episode is part of our transportation sector series. Chris Miller, of AJW consulting group, joins Partner Megan Berge to discuss the future of state and national fuels programs. Chris represents a bi-partisan coalition supporting the promulgation of a nationwide low carbon fuel standard.  If you would like more information regarding LCFS programs, please contact host Megan Berge.

Follow the ESG Road: The Next Step (and the Next) on the SEC ESG Path

Follow the ESG Road: The Next Step (and the Next) on the SEC ESG Path

June 18, 2021

In this episode Partner Bridget Moore and host Megan Berge discuss President Biden’s May 20 Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risks and what companies subject to disclosure requirements need to know now. For more information or assistance with this issues, please contact Bridget Moore or host Megan Berge.

Documents discussed in this episode are available at: SEC’s 2010 interpretive guidance regarding climate change, directed, new Climate and ESG Task Force, requested public input, and https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/05/20/executive-order-on-climate-related-financial-risk/.

Holy Renewable Energy Transmission Project Loans, Batman!

Holy Renewable Energy Transmission Project Loans, Batman!

April 29, 2021

In this installment of our fast facts series, host Megan Berge provides a quick rundown of the recently announced availability of more than $8 billion in loans for renewable energy transmission projects. Information on the loan programs, and associated guidance from the Department of Transportation, are available at fhwa.dot.gov, wapa.gov and whitehouse.gov

DOE Sets the Table for Energy Efficiency Rules

DOE Sets the Table for Energy Efficiency Rules

April 27, 2021

In this episode, Host Megan Berge and Partner George Fibbe, former Deputy General Counsel for Litigation, Regulation & Enforcement for the U.S. Department of Energy, flag for listeners key components of the recent Department of Energy proposal revising its process for undertaking energy efficiency rulemakings.  The proposal rule is available at federalregister.gov. For a deeper drive on the proposal, please contact George or Megan.

PFAS Regulation & Litigation Are Coming P(retty)FAS(t)

PFAS Regulation & Litigation Are Coming P(retty)FAS(t)

April 11, 2021

In this episode, host Megan Berge and Partners Stephanie Bergeron Purdue, formerly Deputy Executive Director at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Alex Dunn, formerly Assistant Administrator at EPA, discuss the latest developments in the regulation of and litigation about the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances that are known as PFAS. For more information about these developments, please contact Stephanie or Alex.

As promised, the PFAS regulatory trackers discussed in the episode can be found at https://www.ncsl.org/research/environment-and-natural-resources/per-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas-state-laws.aspx and https://www.ecos.org/pfas/.

Climate Claims Come to the Federal Trade Commission

Climate Claims Come to the Federal Trade Commission

March 24, 2021

In this episode, former acting chairman and commissioner of the FTC Maureen Olhausen and host Megan Berge discuss environmental groups’ FTC petition alleging that a fossil fuel company mislead customers on the climate and environmental impacts of its operations.  This episode is the next in our “fast facts” series, which aspires to breakdown recent developments and convoluted issues in 15 minutes or less.
 
For more information regarding the petition or the workings of the FTC, please contact Maureen or Megan.  A copy of the petition is available at greenpeace.org.

California: Get your hydrogen tax credits; get your hydrogen tax credits here!

California: Get your hydrogen tax credits; get your hydrogen tax credits here!

March 5, 2021

In this episode, California tax partner Will Gorrod and environmental partner Megan Berge highlight key elements of the clean hydrogen tax credit bill recently introduced in the California legislature by Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez—AB1312. The bill is the first of its kind in the nation. This episode is the second in our “fast facts” series. The goal of episodes in this series is to breakdown recent developments or convoluted legal issues in 15 minutes or less. 

More information on the bill is available at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov. 

For a more extensive discussion of AB1312, please contact our host, Megan Berge.