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Legislation to Alter State Water Rights Enforcement Action Processes Fails

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 313, which would have shifted the hearing process for certain water rights enforcement actions to a new Water Rights Division within the Office of Administrative Hearings. However, his...more

Stormwater/Construction Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Faulkner County Developer Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Tri.Con.Builders, Inc. (“TCBI”) entered into a September 8th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of a National Pollution Discharge...more

Court Rejects BLM’s Efforts to Unbalance the Scales of Justice

On October 4, 2017, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte granted summary judgment to plaintiffs and vacated the Bureau of Land Management’s notice that it was postponing certain compliance dates contained in the Obama BLM rule...more

Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Mississippi County, Arkansas Terminal Grain Elevator Enter into...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Poinsett Rice & Grain, Inc. (“PRGI”) entered into a September 8th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of an air permit. See LIS...more

Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Garland County, Arkansas Rubber Products Manufacturing Facility...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Alliance Rubber Company (“ARC”) entered into a September 13th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing an alleged violation of an air permit. See LIS No....more

The Drumbeat Continues: Another Court Rejects an FEIR For Not Properly Considering Climate Change

Last week, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a District Court decision approving a decision by the Bureau of Land Management to approve new leases on mines that account for 20% of U.S. coal production. ...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Garland County School Districts Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Jessieville School District and Fountain Lake School District (collectively, “District”) entered into an August 30th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”)...more

Waters of the U.S.: Extension of Public Comment Period to Re-establish Historic Rule and Announcement of Public Meetings for...

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In late August, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced an extension of the public comment period for a proposal to recodify a pre-existing rule defining the scope of waters of the United States. The...more

Interlocutory Remand Can Be Used to Supplement Agency Findings Prior to Judgment - California Court of Appeal Upholds Trial...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In Highway 68 Coalition v. County of Monterey, et al., California's Sixth District Court of Appeal endorses the trial court's use of interlocutory remand as a prejudgment tool to allow a lead agency to supplement deficient...more

404/Wetland Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Residential Developer Enter into Consent Agreement

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and D.R. Horton, Inc., (“DRHI”) entered into an August 17th Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CA”) addressing alleged violations of Section 404 of the Clean Water...more

DC Circuit Rules that FERC Must Consider Global Warming in Approving New Natural Gas Pipelines

by Snell & Wilmer on

The United States has one of the most extensive natural gas pipeline networks in the world. This vast network enables the ongoing switch away from coal-fired generation and toward a renewables and natural gas-based electric...more

FERC Failed to Adequately Consider Environmental Impacts of Downstream GHG Emissions Under NEPA Says D.C. Circuit

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last week vacated and remanded a 2016 Order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that had authorized construction and operation of the Southeast Market Pipelines...more

U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board Petition for Review: Land & Cattle Company August 22nd Challenge to New Mexico City/Village's...

The Rio Hondo Land & Cattle Company (“Rio Hondo”) filed an August 22nd Petition for Review (“Petition”) before the United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Appeals Board challenging certain terms and...more

Two Recent Cases Spotlight Ability of Third Parties to Access Facility Information

by Williams Mullen on

Facility owners and operators and property developers need to meet environmental permit or performance criteria, but they also face significant compliance and logistical challenges in just managing and reporting information...more

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

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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

USACE Issues Guidance on Contributed Funds for Section 408 Review

by Downey Brand LLP on

As many in the industry have learned recently, the FY 17 budget only included approximately $3 million nationwide for processing 33 U.S.C. Section 408 review. This is the Section under which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...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

California WaterFix: A Snapshot of the SWRCB Water Rights Change Hearings

by Downey Brand LLP on

After five parched years, substantial winter rains and Sierra snowpack have brought California a long-sought reprieve from drought, though not without presenting a new set of challenges. In February, nearly 200,000 residents...more

New Guidance from USACE Could Streamline Processes

by Downey Brand LLP on

A June 21, 2017 Memorandum issued by James Dalton, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Director of Civil Works, is designed to streamline a number of USACE processes, including...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

Secretary Zinke Orders Review of Sage-grouse Management Plans

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On June 8th, 2017, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3353, entitled “Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Cooperation with Western States.” This Order initiates the assessment of both...more

Appellate Court Holds That Mandatory Relief is Unavailable Because of Recording Error - Trial Court Ruled on Partial Record After...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In The Urban Wildlands Group, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles et al., No. B271350 (Cal. Ct. App. 2nd District, April 13, 2017), The Urban Wildlands Group Inc. (Urban Wildlands) filed a petition for writ of mandate and a complaint...more

Appeals Court Decision Requires Air Emissions Reporting for Animal Waste

by Jackson Walker on

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit vacated a 2008 EPA rule, which had exempted certain agricultural operations from federal air emission reporting requirements...more

The future of environmental enforcement? Petition dismissed in Southern California Alliance Of Publicly Owned Treatment Works v....

by DLA Piper on

A new decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals gives new influence to objection letters sent by the US Environmental Protection Agency to state and local environmental agencies, and may open the door for the EPA to...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

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