Chris Carr

Chris Carr

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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The FAA (Re)Acts: Drone Registration, a Federal Task Force, and Hefty Fines

On October 19, 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced a plan to require unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV or “drone”) users to register...more

11/4/2015 - Airspace Comment Period Drones Enforcement Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Fines Public Safety Registration Requirement Retroactivity Rulemaking Process Task Force Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Friendly Skies in California After Governor Brown Vetoes Drone Restrictions, Federal Response Uncertain

Iconic California tech companies are helping to pioneer the drone revolution. For over a year, Google’s advanced-research arm, Google X, has been testing its Project Wing aircraft in cooperation with NASA, moving ever-closer...more

10/17/2015 - Airspace Amazon Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Google Governor Brown Governor Vetoes Invasion of Privacy Preemption Private Property Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Clean Power Plan's Winners And Losers

Citing “immediate risks” to national security, public health and the economy, the Obama administration adopted ambitious regulations and policies to implement its Clean Power Plan, establishing the first national standards to...more

8/20/2015 - Barack Obama Clean Air Act Clean Energy Clean Power Plan EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas Power Plants

Obama Administration Adopts Landmark Clean Power Plan

Citing “immediate risks” to national security, public health, and the economy, the Obama Administration adopted ambitious regulations and policies to implement its Clean Power Plan, establishing the first ever national...more

8/6/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Clean Energy Clean Power Plan Climate Change Coal-Fired Generation DOE Emissions Trading System Energy Efficiency EPA FERC Final Rules Greenhouse Gas Emissions National Emissions Standards Natural Gas Obama Administration Power Plants Reliability Standards Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

Drones: FAA Announces Pathfinder Program to Explore BVLOS and Urban Drone Operations

The FAA’s regulatory actions on unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) are accelerating, making it more important than ever for those in the industry—and those looking to use this technology in their own sectors—to keep their eyes...more

5/28/2015 - Agricultural Land Amazon Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Media NPRM Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

It’s Not Unusual: California Supreme Court Declines to Expand “Unusual Circumstances” Exception to CEQA Categorical Exemptions

In an important and highly anticipated decision under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Supreme Court overturned a Court of Appeal’s decision that would have severely limited public agencies’...more

3/8/2015 - Appeals Berkeley Hillside v City of Berkeley CA Supreme Court Categorical Exemptions CEQA Environmental Impact Report Exemptions Reversal

The Small Drones Rule: FAA Takes a Step in the Right Direction

Over the weekend of Feb. 14, the FAA issued a much-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—i.e., drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The oft-delayed NPRM comes three years...more

2/20/2015 - Aviation Industry Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems

May State and Local Governments Control Low-Flying Drones?

Most of the attention paid to drones has focused on issues of aviation and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authority. Yet much of the impact of low-flying drones will fall, not on the national air transportation system,...more

12/6/2014 - Drones Federal Aviation Act Local Ordinance Preemption Privacy Laws Regulatory Agenda State and Local Government

Huerta v. Pirker—NTSB Says No More “Gray Area” for Drone Operations

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have operated within an uncertain legal framework while players across a rapidly growing range of commercial industries — from energy to rail transport to forestry to all types of...more

11/21/2014 - Aircraft Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NTSB Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Drones: Why You Should Start Thinking Now About the Anticipated UAS Regulations

With drone technology rapidly advancing and the FAA recently starting to open the door to commercial drone use, companies across industries should begin evaluating how drones can add value to their businesses, if they have...more

10/24/2014 - Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NPRM Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Drones: The FAA Grants Hollywood the First Regulatory Exemptions Permitting the Commercial Use of UAS

Yesterday the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted six aerial photo and video companies exemptions from FAA regulations that—before now—wholesale banned the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial...more

10/1/2014 - Commercial Use Drones Entertainment Industry Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Movies Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Take That! Second District Court of Appeal Clears Major Hurdles for Newhall Ranch Project, Provides Guidance on California’s...

California’s Second District Court of Appeal, Division Five, issued a decision on March 20 in Center for Biological Diversity v. Department of Fish & Wildlife (Case No. BS131347), overturning the trial court’s decision...more

4/2/2014 - Endangered Species Endangered Species Act Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies ESA Listings

They’re Back? First District Court of Appeal Paves the Way for Possible Reinstatement of Controversial Air Quality Thresholds

California’s First District Court of Appeal issued a decision on August 13 in California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District (“CBIA”) (Case No. A135335 (Cal. Ct. App. 1st, August 13,...more

8/20/2013 - Air Quality Standards CEQA Environmental Impact Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions Land Developers

Supreme Court Confirms EPA’s Interpretation That Logging Roads Do Not Require NPDES Permits

In a 7-1 decision overruling the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) long-standing interpretation that stormwater run-off from logging roads are exempt from NPDES...more

3/22/2013 - Discharge of Pollutants EPA Logging NPDES Permits SCOTUS Storm Water

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