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Regulatory: What to expect in the energy sector

4 areas where the EPA is likely to aggressively regulate

During President Obama’s first term, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a series of aggressive rulemakings targeting coal-fired boilers, including those that supply power to the nation’s power grid, as well as institutional or industrial coal-fired boilers that serve a specific facility. At the same time, hydraulic fracturing changed the marketplace with respect to the supply and price of natural gas. These two factors are driving a sea change from coal to natural gas in terms of power generation, and the intersection of our nation’s energy supply and environmental regulation has been squarely in focus during recent political campaigns.

As the Obama administration begins its second term, the EPA is likely to continue its aggressive regulation of the energy sector, and below are several areas where we think short-term action may be likely:

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Karl Karg

Karl Karg is a partner in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Karg’s environmental practice includes enforcement defense, litigation, crisis response and management,...

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Claudia O'Brien

Claudia O’Brien is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and Chair of the Air Quality & Climate Change Practice. Ms....

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