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Canadian Government's Proposal to Reform Canada's Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Regime

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the federal government released a discussion paper entitled "Environmental and Regulatory Reviews" ("Discussion Paper"), which proposes broad changes to the federal environmental assessment and regulatory...more

EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Propose Rescission of WOTUS Rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 27, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt along with the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works signed a proposed rule to rescind the Obama administration “waters of the United States” or “WOTUS” rule. The proposed...more

Schwabe In The Field: Certainty on the “Waters of the United States” Remains Elusive

On June 27, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) that will rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule, often referred to as the Waters of the...more

Article: June 2017: Energy Litigation Update

New Administration Leads to Pause of Major Energy-Related Litigation. In March, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to “suspend, rescind, or revise” several...more

New Trump Appointee at EPA Should Help Reduce Backlogs and Delays

by Snell & Wilmer on

United States EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has hired Henry Darwin to serve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as its Chief of Operations. Under both Republican and Democrat administrations, as the Director of the...more

"Waters of the United States"— Will Rewrite of the Clean Water Rule Bring Elusive Clarity and Predictability?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Sixteen months after the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit entered its Order halting application of the 2015 Clean Water Rule ("Rule") nationwide, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order...more

Federal Court Halts Lawsuit Consideration over Obama’s Clean Water Rule; Pruitt Recruits Governors to Shape New EPA Water...

One of President Trump’s early campaign promises was to dismantle the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the Obama administration’s regulation asserting federal power over navigable bodies of water and aiming to replace polluting...more

A Closer Look at President Trump's Executive Order on Energy Independence

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump's Executive Order (EO) entitled "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth" is a broad directive accomplishing a number of the Trump Administration's energy-related priorities....more

U.S. Supreme Court Denies the Trump Administration’s Request to Suspend the Pending Litigation in the Sixth Circuit Court of...

by Ruder Ware on

On April 3, 2017, the United States Supreme Court denied a request from the Trump Administration to place a hold on the pending litigation in which the EPA’s and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Clean Water Rule is being...more

Administration's Executive Order on Climate and Energy Is Controversial, and May Shift Action to States

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 28, 2017, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” (E.O.) that takes aim at a broad range of federal climate and energy programs and regulations. The E.O....more

EPA and Other Agencies to Seek Comment on Ways to Improve “Efficiency, Effectiveness and Accountability"

President Trump has given executive branch agencies 180 days to conduct an internal review and to propose, with input from public stakeholders, reorganization plans to “improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and...more

Executive Orders Expected this Week Regarding Clean Air and Water Act Rules

by Nossaman LLP on

In addition to a January 20th Presidential Memorandum freezing all, not yet enacted, rules and sending them back to the agencies and Office of Management and Budget for reconsideration, and the utilization of the...more

White House Issues Interim Guidance Memo on Implementation of "Two-for-One" Executive Order On Regulations, Invites Public Comment

by Bracewell LLP on

On February 2, 2017, the Acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) issued a guidance document (the “Interim Guidance”) intended to help clarify President Trump’s January 30, 2017...more

What’s Happening at the EPA This Week — and What Does It Mean?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Trump administration is barely a week and a half old, and its intention regarding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority and oversight has been a hot topic. Here is an update about what we know — and what we...more

Obama Administration Announces New Financing and Innovation Actions for Renewable Energy

The Obama Administration recently announced new financing for renewable energy projects through several initiatives domestically and around the globe. From committing $125 million in Overseas Private Investment Corporation...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine May Privatize Welfare Program Maine’s ASPIRE program, currently run by the state’s...more

Thoughts on the death of DECC

by Dentons on

Over the course of 13 and 14 July 2016, UK’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, appointed the Secretaries of State who will lead the various Departments of Government. By the end of the process, which was precipitated by the...more

Better Late Than Never: Massachusetts Moves to Obtain NPDES Delegation

Like most federal environmental programs, NPDES program authority is largely delegated to the states. Only four states aren’t delegated: Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. How is it that progressive...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Spotlight on Government, Regulatory and Agriculture Reform

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This session the NCGA passed four major bills dealing with Government, Regulatory and Agriculture Reform. State attractions were transferred from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources tthe Department of Cultural...more

OMB Releases Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Earlier today, the White House Office of Management and Budget released its semi-annual Unified Regulatory Agenda and Regulatory Plan for Fall 2015, covering 59 Federal departments, agencies, and commissions. Entries are...more

Natural Resource Conservation Subject of White House Directive to Agencies

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A recently released Presidential Memorandum will likely spur new policies related to development and natural resources, possibly impacting public agencies, developers and the like. “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources...more

To Mitigate or Not to Mitigate: No Longer a Question for Environmental Reviews?

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Even the casual college football observer has probably seen by now the wild final play of the Duke-Miami game on October 31. After the game ended, it was determined that Miami literally stole the win as a result of referee...more

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to Hold Listening Sessions under Executive Order 562

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In April, we reported on Governor Baker’s issuance of Executive Order 562, a very broad Order that prohibits any Massachusetts agency from issuing new regulations for one year, unless certain conditions are met. In order to...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2015 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - 15 states sue to block enforcement of Obama administration climate change rules: Bloomberg - Aug 13: Fifteen states led by coal-rich West Virginia – but not including California - asked...more

Clean Power Plan Finalized by Obama Administration and EPA — What's Next?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On August 3, 2015, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new set of final regulations aimed at reducing carbon output from power plants. The sweeping new Clean Power Plan (CPP) sets limits...more

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