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Ninth Circuit Upholds Air Permit for Biomass Project


Riddell Williams attorney David Weber is quoted in an article recently published by Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Environment Report, “EPA Emissions Permit Decision Could Mean Cleaner Fuel Options.”  The article discusses a recent Ninth Circuit opinion upholding EPA’s decision to issue Sierra Pacific Industries an air permit for the construction of a new biomass cogeneration boiler at its mill in California.  The court’s decision validates EPA’s framework for evaluating biomass projects with significant greenhouse gas emissions.

David is a member of the Riddell Williams Environmental Practice Group.  He represents clients in matters involving air quality compliance, environmental litigation, and contaminated site cleanups under the federal and state Superfund laws.

Together with Emerson Hilton and Gus Winkes, David is an EPA Region 10 Reporter for the Air Quality Committee Newsletter published by the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.  The most recent EPA Region 10 Report can be viewed here.  David also recently co-authored a client update, with Loren Dunn, regarding the intersection of air emissions and Superfund cleanup liability.  That article can be viewed here.

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The Riddell Williams Environmental Practice Group has played a key part in addressing some of the most challenging environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the nation.  Our group’s clients include utilities, pulp and paper manufacturers, petroleum companies, regional energy companies, airlines and airfreight carriers, steel manufacturers, waste management companies, technology businesses, real estate development partnerships, private landowners, and some of the state’s leading environmental groups.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Riddell Williams or its clients.  This article is for general informational purposes and is not intended to be, and should not be taken as, legal advice.