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October 4, 2018

Dylan Sanders

Dylan Sanders interviewed by Energy News Network on greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts

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Sugarman Rogers partner Dylan Sanders was interviewed by Energy News Network regarding greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in Massachusetts. Dylan is quoted in Sarah Shemkus’s piece “Advocates hope ruling closes door on fossil fuels’ future in Massachusetts.”

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Clean energy advocates are optimistic that the court’s analysis of the law leaves little room for future challenges to the carbon-capping regulations. The language and tone of the decision, they say, make clear the that the seven-judge panel takes the dangers of climate change seriously.

“It sends a clear signal that the SJC … is going to give the Department of Environmental Protection great flexibility in designing and enforcing their regulations,” said Dylan Sanders, a lawyer with Boston firm Sugarman Rogers, who has professional expertise in environmental law. “It’s sending a clear signal that any challenges face an uphill battle.”

This case joins an earlier decision involving the Global Warming Solutions Act, Kain v. Department of Environmental Protection. In 2016, a group of teenagers, working with Sanders, filed a complaint arguing that the state had not done enough under the Global Warming Solutions Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This failure, they argued, would contribute to climate change and rising sea levels which would affect their future health and financial prospects.

Meanwhile, environmental advocates are not hesitating to embrace the ruling and what it might mean for the future of fossil fuel-burning power plants in Massachusetts.

“It is a good thing from a climate change perspective,” Sanders said. “We can no longer afford to pretend that we can continue business as usual.”

Read the article here.