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THE CONTROL OF METHANE AND VOC EMISSIONS FROM OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES

By: Arnold W. Reitze, Jr. This article discusses the regulation of hydrocarbon emissions, including the emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from the oil and gas industry in the western United States. It covers the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Land Management, and other Federal agencies. It also discusses the […]


The CAA Motor Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program: Is It Cost Effective?

By: Arnold W. Reitze, Jr. Under the Clean Air Act, state-run vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) programs aim at preventing both manufacturers and consumers from circumventing or tampering with emissions control technology. Recent manufacturer cheating scandals, however, were detected by means other than I/M programs, and much I/M enforcement has been targeted at relatively low-level […]


The Control of Air Pollution on Indian Reservations by Arnold W. Reitze, Jr.

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LDEQ Secretary Issues Order Addressing Environmental Matters for 2016 Flood

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The Volkswagen air pollution emissions scam

On September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Volkswagen sold 482,000 diesel engine vehicles in the United States that were programmed to pass the government’s emissions tests, but under normal driving conditions would emit air pollutants significantly above legal limits. Interestingly, EPA only recently discovered the cheating through the results of […]