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The Trump Administration’s Automated Vehicles Guidance Hits the Gas Pedal on Innovation

Further accelerating federal regulation of automated vehicles, last week the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) announced highly anticipated new guidance for the...more

House Green Lights Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

A major milestone on the road to establishing a regulatory framework for highly automated vehicles (“HAVs”) was reached earlier this week with the passage of the first significant legislation on the subject by the House of...more

Less Waste, More Recycling - The D.C. Circuit Cleans Up EPA’s Definition of Solid Waste

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently issued a decision that may be of interest to recyclers and others who generate or handle materials for recycling and reclamation. On July 7, 2017, in American Petroleum...more

8/2/2017  /  EPA , Hazardous Waste , RCRA , Recycling , Solid Waste

United States Announces Intent to Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord: What is the Real Impact?

On June 1, President Trump declared that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord (the “Agreement”). His announcement, though not unexpected, raises a host of questions on several legal, technical,...more

Administrator Pruitt Seeks Superfund Overhaul

In a May 22 memo, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator Scott Pruitt created a task force to look at ways of streamlining the Superfund program. The task force, to be led by senior advisor Albert Kelly,...more

5/31/2017  /  EPA , Superfund

Trump Administration’s Environmental Regulatory Reform Presents a Unique and Immediate Opportunity

Are your clients subject to burdensome environmental rules? If so, the time to act is now. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator Scott Pruitt has directed EPA to solicit recommendations for the rollback of...more

Climate Change Hits EPA: 30 Pending Regulations Frozen

In accordance with direction from the Trump administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has published a final rulemaking delaying the effective date of 30 pending regulations until at least March 21,...more

NHTSA Pushes For Smartphones to Incorporate Automatic Pairing and Driver Mode in New “Guidelines”

New guidelines proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) earlier this month would encourage manufacturers of a variety of portable electronic devices to include technologies aimed at combating...more

Presidential and Congressional Authority to Roll Back Executive Actions

For the first time since Dwight Eisenhower became president in 1953, Republicans will preside over a unified government with control of the White House and majorities in both chambers of Congress. This shift in party control...more

Environmental Policy Quarterly

Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of Environmental Policy Quarterly, published jointly by the Environmental, Land and Natural Resources and the Public Policy and Law Practice Groups of K&L Gates. Environmental Policy Quarterly...more

Paris Agreement to Enter into Force: Implications for Enforcement in the United States and Internationally

Global policy on climate change and greenhouse gas regulation is poised to take a significant step forward as the Paris Agreement (“Agreement”) enters into force just before international climate negotiations resume in...more

NHTSA Guidelines Drive Toward an Autonomous Vehicle Future

Describing autonomous vehicles as potentially the “greatest personal transportation revolution since the popularization of the personal automobile,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tuesday...more

Changes to Confidential Business Information Disclosure Under the Reformed Toxic Substances Control Act

This client alert is the fourth in a series that discusses the significant changes instituted by the passage of a new federal Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). The first alert addressed broadly the law’s myriad of changes....more

CEQ Issues Final Greenhouse Gas Guidance Directing Federal Agencies to Consider Climate Change in their NEPA Reviews

On August 2, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) published a final version of its guidance to federal agencies requiring the consideration of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and effects on climate...more

Is the Rapidly Evolving Landscape for Vehicle Technology About to Hit Regulatory and Legal Speedbumps?

In a nation with over 250 million vehicles, accidents occur daily, and many of those result in injuries and fatalities. Rarely do they receive national attention. Yet, an incident involving a vehicle in early May has...more

The “Most Contentious Issue” — Federal Preemption in the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act

This client alert is the third in a series that discusses the significant changes instituted by the passage of a new federal Toxic Substances Control Act. The first alert addressed broadly the law’s myriad of changes. The...more

Federal Government Rewrites the Rules on Getting and Using Chemicals in the Marketplace

This client alert is the second in a series that discusses the significant changes instituted by the passage of a new federal Toxic Substances Control Act. The first alert addressed broadly the law’s myriad of changes....more

New Toxic Substances Law Will Have Far-Reaching Impacts on American Business

A lot has changed since the United States celebrated its bicentennial in 1976. From technological breakthroughs to medical treatment of various diseases, the American people have witnessed and experienced significant changes...more

Environmental Policy Quarterly: Spring 2016

Welcome to the Spring 2016 edition of Environmental Policy Quarterly, published jointly by the Environmental, Land and Natural Resources Practice Group and the Public Policy and Law Practice Group of K&L Gates. Environmental...more

FHWA Proposes Bold Transportation Performance Measures to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Perhaps only by coincidence, on April 22—“Earth Day”—the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that, for the first time, would set performance measures for greenhouse gas...more

NHTSA’s Claimed Jurisdiction Over Software and Applications May Stifle Innovation

Motor vehicle technology is rapidly changing to enhance safety and provide navigation, mobility, and accessibility solutions for drivers. Manufacturer-installed automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot...more

$2 Billion In Unused Earmarks Now Available for Transportation Infrastructure Projects

Eligible transportation projects in need of funding now have the opportunity to access roughly $2 billion in previously earmarked federal transportation under recently released guidance from the U.S. Department of...more

FAST Act Nationally Significant Freight Program to Direct Billions to Priority Corridors

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx distributed a letter and fact sheet to transportation stakeholders regarding the newly established Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (NSFHP)...more

Environmental Policy Quarterly

Welcome to the Winter 2016 edition of Environmental Policy Quarterly, published jointly by the Environmental, Land and Natural Resources Practice Group and the Public Policy and Law Practice Group of K&L Gates. This...more

FAST Act Expedites Permitting and Environmental Review for Large Infrastructure Projects

Expedited permitting and environmental review for complex infrastructure projects may soon be a reality. Buried at the end of its most recent transportation reauthorization package (the “FAST Act” or “Act”) is a significant...more

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