Environmental Cost Determination: Improving and Modernizing Cost-Benefit Analysis in Rulemaking Process
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will focus on key issues associated with the cost-benefit analysis used to evaluate environmental regulations during the rulemaking process.
- Cost-benefit determinations and analysis
- Cost projections
- Benefit analysis
- Impact of time and scope
- Alternative evaluations
- Biden administration policies
The panel will address these and other topics:
- What are the key issues that typically arise in cost-benefit evaluations of environmental regulations, and what are the legal implications of those issues?
- What are some examples of how cost-benefit analyses have had a direct impact on environmental policy?
- What is the current policy by the Biden administration in evaluating the costs and benefits of environmental regulations?
- How can the costs and benefits of regulation be monetized?
- How does time and scope affect evaluations of costs and benefits?
- What are alternative methods to assigning prices or costs associated with environmental regulations?
Matthew Z. Leopold
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Mr. Leopold advises and defends clients across industries with the strategic insights as former General Counsel for the... | Read More
Mr. Leopold advises and defends clients across industries with the strategic insights as former General Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, former General Counsel for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and a former environmental litigator at the U.S. Department of Justice. He provides clients with in-depth experience and knowledge respecting the pivotal recent changes in environmental regulation. As EPA General Counsel, he counseled on the development and defense of virtually every significant regulation proposed by EPA since 2017 and was personally involved in the highest profile environmental cases during that time, including two precedent setting environmental cases in the Supreme Court, County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund and Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian. At EPA, Mr. Leopold helped draft the Affordable Clean Energy Rule (the repeal and replacement of the Clean Power Plan) and the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (the new definition of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS)), the Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule, the Safe Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule (regulating tailpipe emissions from passenger cars and light duty trucks), and other rulemakings. Additionally, Mr. Leopold served as the chief attorney at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection advising on state policy and regulatory matters in regard to air, water, waste and public lands for the Department Secretary and the Governor’s Office. In light of this experience, he is able to provide deep insight into the regulatory processes of federal and state agencies in advising clients in permitting, compliance, and enforcement defense matters.Close
Mr. McGuffey specializes in the Clean Air Act and helps clients obtain necessary permits, solve compliance challenges,... | Read More
Mr. McGuffey specializes in the Clean Air Act and helps clients obtain necessary permits, solve compliance challenges, and minimize enforcement risk. He has focused almost exclusively on air law since starting his practice in 2003. During that time, he has represented electric utility, landfill, manufacturing, and other industrial clients in connection with important air quality issues arising out of federal and state regulations governing the construction and operation of stationary sources of air emissions. Mr. McGuffey helps his clients obtain necessary permits, comply with applicable regulations, respond to enforcement actions, and participate in new rulemaking efforts at the state and federal levels. He also has extensive experience in litigation over air regulations.Close
Mr. Sahay is one of the leading energy and environmental attorneys in the nation. He served for over six years as... | Read More
Mr. Sahay is one of the leading energy and environmental attorneys in the nation. He served for over six years as in-house counsel to the largest renewable fuels producer in the world, and as acting general counsel of the largest renewable fuels trade association. Mr. Sahay directs legal and policy strategy on climate, environmental, and sustainability issues at the federal, state, and international levels. As an attorney in firm’s Energy & Climate group, Mr. Sahay represents clients in a variety of industries, helping them shape laws through legislative and regulatory advocacy, then helping them maximize value under established legal frameworks by obtaining regulatory approvals and ensuring regulatory compliance.Close
Ryan Stifter, M.S.
Principal, Economic & Complex Analytics
Mr. Stifter leads quantitative economic research and analysis into issues arising in litigation, insurance claims,... | Read More
Mr. Stifter leads quantitative economic research and analysis into issues arising in litigation, insurance claims, environmental regulation and enforcement, natural resource management, and business decisions affected by contingent liabilities. He regularly provides privileged consulting and expert testimony for attorneys involved with commercial, environmental, and toxic tort litigation. Mr. Stifter’s expertise is applying microeconomics, econometrics, valuation methods, and statistics to evaluate liability and causation, quantify impact, and determine appropriate compensatory damages. His experience encompasses a wide variety of issues: diminution of property values; business torts (breach of contract, trade secrets, fraud, unfair competition, product defect); commercial property damage (business disruption, competitive disadvantage, cargo losses); natural resource damages (NRD); environmental enforcement; property rights; bodily injury/wrongful death; class certification issues; antitrust and competition; and discriminatory practices.Close