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Cause for Concern Over Organic Fertilizer Made from Food Waste?

by Downey Brand LLP on

In December 2016, the National Organic Program (NOP) issued guidance 5034-1 that can be interpreted as approving of food waste for use in organic crop production (for example, as an input in fertilizer) without regard to...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

Biofuel, Corn, And Sorghum Farmers Challenge Lowered RFS Volumes

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 8, 2016, seven biofuel and agriculture groups requested the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) for 2014, 2015, and 2016. The Petition was filed by Biotechnology...more

FAA Proposes Framework of Regulations For Small-Scale Commercial Drones

by Carlton Fields on

On Feb. 15 the Federal Aviation Administration released its long-awaited proposed framework for regulating small-scale commercial drones, which weigh less than 55 pounds.1 In its proposal, the FAA made explicitly clear that...more

California Governor Orders 25% Cut in Water Use—What It Means for Businesses

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

California is experiencing a drought of epic proportions. To meet this challenge, on April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 to usher in an aggressive statewide plan for reducing water...more

What the Drought Emergency Declaration Means for Your Business

by Buchalter on

By Executive Order B-29-15, signed on April 1, 2015, Governor Brown declared a state of drought emergency “to exist throughout the State of California ….” Among other things, the recitals state: WHEREAS a distinct...more

California Water Suppliers Facing Historic Mandatory Restrictions on Water Usage

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Governor’s Goal: 25 Percent Statewide Water Savings - For the first time in California’s history, urban water suppliers will soon be required to comply with new mandatory restrictions aimed at achieving a statewide 25...more

Governor Brown Orders California’s First Mandatory Water Restrictions

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On Wednesday April 1, 2015, in the wake of the state’s four-year drought and a winter that brought record-low snowfalls, Governor Brown issued an executive order mandating statewide water use restrictions for the first time...more

Local Agencies that Can Recover Fees Through Prop 218 Process are Ineligible for State Reimbursements

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Decision from the Commission on State Mandates - Several agricultural water suppliers seeking reimbursement for state-mandated activities under the Water Conservation Act of 2009 are ineligible to receive state...more

Fifth District Rejects CEQA Challenge to Fresno County Aggregate Mine Project EIR In Partially Published Decision, Clarifies State...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a lengthy, 65-page opinion filed December 8, 2014 (of which fully two-thirds was unpublished), the Fifth District Court of Appeal affirmed the Fresno County Superior Court’s judgment upholding the EIR, Conditional Use...more

EPA Draft Ruling Could Mean Significant Changes to How Stormwater Systems are Categorized

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The last thing that public agency leaders want to hear is that looming changes may make operating and building new public infrastructure more challenging and expensive. Unfortunately, proposed changes by the Environmental...more

Groundwater Basin Boundaries and Priorities Will Impose New Management Challenges on Local Agencies

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires that the Department of Water Resources categorize each of California’s 515 alluvial groundwater basins and subbasins as high, medium, low, or...more

A Victory for Water Users in Siskiyou County

by Nossaman LLP on

Water users in Siskiyou County have avoided an additional hurdle to exercising their valid water rights, according to the Siskiyou County Superior Court. On December 24, 2012, Judge Karen L. Dixon held that the legislature...more

The Fiscal Cliff Deal’s Impact on Clean Energy - Contains key tax provisions for renewable energy but funding for USDA energy...

Capping weeks of intense negotiations between the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders to avert the fiscal cliff, the House of Representatives late on the night of Jan. 1 passed HR 8, the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2012

by Varnum LLP on

In This Issue: - MISS Dig Bills Pass in Michigan Senate, Stall in House - Farm Bill Still Stalled - Ag Groups Urge Action on Estate Taxes - SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Now Available in Michigan - Michigan...more

Energy And Environment Update -- December 2, 2012

by Mintz Levin on

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Justice;...more

Three Weeks after President Obama's Re-Election: Insights into Executive Branch Energy Funding, Federal Policy, and White House...

Despite uncertainty heading into the 2012 election, the incumbent president secured a second term and the congressional landscape remains largely the same. For energy and clean tech, this means an almost seamless continuation...more

Energy And Environment Update -- November 18, 2012

by Mintz Levin on

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Agriculture; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Personnel; International; States; and Miscellaneous. Excerpt from Energy and...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 1, 2012

by Allen Matkins on

In This Issue: 9th Circuit Hears Calls for Feds to Regulate Roundup Ready Crops; Green Blog: Toward a Tougher Cap and Trade Program; Cap-and-Trade Failure Aided U.S. to Cut Carbon Emissions; Environmental Groups Ask EPA...more

Energy And Environment Update -- September 30, 2012

by Mintz Levin on

In this issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy...more

Energy And Environment Update -- July 29, 2012

by Mintz Levin on

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency;...more

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2012 Environmental Law Update

by Brian Barner on

Environmental Update: Keeping the Issues Straight in the Mining Industry, presented at RMMLF 58th Annual Institute....more

Energy And Environment Update -- July 15, 2012

by Mintz Levin on

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;...more

Guaranteeing California’s Renewable Energy Small Business Future

In late February, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) (in collaboration with State Controller John Chiang) introduced California Senate Bill 1465. The legislation would seek to provide credit support for small renewable...more

Advanced Biofuels Briefing: Washington Updates and Forthcoming Government Opportunities

The first quarter of 2012 delivered a significant amount of activity in the advanced biofuels sector, with initiatives at the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Energy...more

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