Allison Smith

Allison Smith

Allison Smith focusesĀ her practice in environmental and energy law. Her experience includes CEQA and land use litigation, conducting environmental due diligence, and permitting solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and gas-fired energy facilities. Allison also counsels companies on federal and state air quality and greenhouse gas regulations.

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D.C. Circuit Upholds EPA Greenhouse Gas Rules

Yesterday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, upholding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approach to the regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions against claims from a variety of interests.  The opinion addressed challenges to three EPA rulemakings:  (1) the agency’s “Endangerment Finding,” where it determined … Continue Reading

Injunction on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Lifted Pending Appeal

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted an injunction that prevented the California Air Resources Board (CARB) from enforcement of the state’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS), pending appeal of a lower court decision enjoining the LCFS.  In December 2011, a federal district court found the LCFS in violation of the dormant commerce clause, … Continue Reading

DRECP EIS/EIR Scoping Meeting at the Energy Commission

It’s a double header at the California Energy Commission (CEC) today.  The Renewable Energy Action Team – comprised of the CEC, the California Department of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) – is holding two public scoping meetings for the combined environment impact statement/environmental … Continue Reading

Compliance with California Cap-and-Trade May Be Deferred Until 2013

California greenhouse gas emitters may be granted a reprieve.  The Executive Director of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Mary Nichols, testified before the California Senate Select Committee on the Environment, the Economy, and Climate Change yesterday that CARB is proposing to delay requirements for compliance with the state cap-and-trade program for a year.  Nichols … Continue Reading

CARB Issues Supplement to A.B. 32 Scoping Plan Environmental Review

Yesterday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a Supplement to its Functional Equivalent Document (FED) for the A.B. 32 Climate Change Scoping Plan – the environmental review document for the Scoping Plan.  The Supplement was prepared as a result of a ruling against CARB in Association of Irritated Residents, et al. v. California Air … Continue Reading

California Cap-and-Trade Put On Hold

A San Francisco court has issued an eagerly awaited final decision in Association of Irritated Residents v. California Air Resources Board, challenging the California Air Resources Board (CARB) plan for implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act, otherwise known by its Assembly Bill moniker, A.B. 32.  A coalition of environmental justice advocates sued CARB in an attempt … Continue Reading