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November 21, 2023

Legal experts to discuss Clean Air Act at hybrid ABA conference

CHICAGO, Nov. 21, 2023 — Federal and state policymakers and legal experts representing a range of perspectives will speak on what to expect in the runup to the election next November at a one-day hybrid Clean Air Conference on Dec. 5. The event will be presented in person in Washington, D.C., and at seven host sites in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Chicago; Columbia, South Carolina; Denver; Houston; and Kansas City, Missouri, plus an additional virtual viewing option.

Clean Air Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 9:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. EST

In person and online

Program highlights include (all times are EST):

“Effective Inclusion of Environmental Justice in Air Permitting” Panelists will discuss Environmental Justice (EJ) initiatives in permitting and enforcement at federal and state levels and the incorporation of EJ issues into air emission standard rulemaking. Expect to hear the latest on Title VI complaints and EPA guidance as the panel explores practical tips for permittees to address EJ in future air permitting, including what meaningful community engagement means, what the permitting record should contain for an EJ analysis, and the proactive ways a permittee can navigate permitting and work with the public in light of Title VI obligations.
10-11 a.m.

“Planes, Trains, (Electric) Automobiles (and More)” — The Biden administration has invested tremendous resources in its climate change agenda over the past three years and is expected to accelerate in advance of the next presidential election. Meanwhile, litigation over these regulations will continue to wind through the courts. This panel will explore the legal issues raised by the new greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant rules for cars and trucks, the emissions rules for internal combustion engines, the move toward electrifying non-road actions, the California waiver and opt-in for other states, and issues associated with batteries and their regulation.
12:20-1:20 p.m.

“Achieving a Cleaner Energy Sector” — This panel will bring you up to date on EPA’s key regulatory efforts in the energy sector, including proposed rules to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations and proposed new greenhouse gas standards for existing coal and natural gas-fired electric generating units. The panel will also explore EPA’s proposed power plant rules under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act, including the option to use hydrogen co-firing and carbon capture and sequestration to reduce carbon emissions, as well as other flexibilities.
3-4 p.m.

A complete brochure with a list of speakers can be found here. For media credentialing and registration, please contact Jennifer Kildee at [email protected].

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