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Likely Increase of Use of Wood in Tall Building Construction

Wood – architecture’s oldest building material – has experienced a renaissance of sorts in recent years, in the process providing a boost to the forest and wood products industry. Wood-product proponents tout a range of...more

Guidance for building owners on the Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016

The first batch of general and technical guidance notes on the Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 ("the Regulations") was published on 23 May and is now available on the Building...more

New LA Ordinances “Clean Up, Green Up” Industry in Residential “Toxic Hotspot” Neighborhoods

On June 4, 2016, two new Los Angeles ordinances will go into effect under the Clean Up, Green Up (CUGU) initiative. The initiative aims to improve air quality and residential quality of life in areas with high concentrations...more

Governor Seeks to Streamline Approval of Multifamily Housing Projects

In an effort to encourage housing production, Governor Jerry Brown has made a bold proposal to streamline the approval of certain multifamily housing projects that include a portion deed-restricted affordable units. The...more

FERC Grants Extension of Time for Natural Gas Storage Company to Construct Expansion Facilities Over More Than 250 Comments in...

On May 16, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Arlington Storage Company, LLC (Arlington) a two-year extension of time to construct a previously authorized underground natural gas storage expansion project....more

IRS Revises Recent Begin Construction Guidance

On May 18, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revised Notice 2016-31 (Notice), its recent guidance on meeting the beginning of construction requirements for wind and other qualified facilities (including biomass,...more

Under the Dome Special Edition: 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws

We are pleased to share our 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws enacted during the Second Regular Session of Maine's 127th Legislature, which adjourned sine die April 29, 2016. We provide you this summary to help you stay...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Beginning of Construction Rules for Renewable Projects

On May 5, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-31, providing guidance on meeting the beginning of construction requirements for wind and other qualified facilities (including biomass, geothermal,...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on “Begun Construction” Requirement for Wind Energy Credits

Latest guidance extends “continuity safe harbor” to four years and includes other taxpayer-friendly modifications and clarifications to existing guidance. On May 5, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued...more

Proposed Stormwater Control Regulations Would Increase Burden on Builders, Developers

Developers and builders face potentially more stringent requirements under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recently proposed draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for...more

"IRS Guidance Clarifies 'Begun Construction' Standard for Renewable Electricity Production Credit Property"

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released welcome new guidance with respect to renewable electricity production and energy investment tax credits. A notice issued on May 5, 2016, reflects changes to the production tax...more

After Extension, IRS Clarifies "Begun Construction" Guidance for PTCs

Following last year's extension of the investment tax credit for qualifying projects for which construction begins prior to January 1, 2020, and of the production tax credit (PTC) with respect to certain facilities the...more

IRS Issues New Notice Extending Beginning of Construction Safe Harbor

On May 5, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-31 (the “Notice”) which revises previous guidance on satisfying the “beginning of construction” test in order to take advantage of the section 45 renewable electricity production tax...more

IRS Updates Beginning of Construction Guidance for Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended by PATH Act

On May 5, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-31, which updates prior guidance regarding the beginning of construction requirement for IRC sections 45 and 48 renewable energy tax credits following...more

Insurance Review May 2016

It has been another active year for class action and mass tort litigation in Australia, with seemingly very few industries or sectors immune, even the legal industry upon which this burgeoning area of the law has been built....more

“Hot Bench” For Advocates In Supreme Court CEQA Subsequent Review Case

The California Supreme Court held a lively oral argument session this morning (May 4, 2016), at 9:00 a.m. in its San Francisco courtroom in the case of Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo Community...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - How cities are taking the lead on green building - Wall Street Journal - Apr 28 - Cities in the U.S. are leading the way on climate and energy policies—especially policies...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges - All 10 EPA regions are seeking public comment on the draft 2017...more

Hazardous Waste: New Corrosivity Test Denied, But the Fight is Not Over

EPA has tentatively denied a petition to expand the test for the hazardous waste characteristic of corrosivity to cover more wastes. In so doing, however, EPA left the door open to reconsider the decision based on public...more

Update – City of Los Angeles Releases List of 13,500 Soft First Story Buildings Targeted for Earthquake Retrofitting

The City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (DBS) has released its list of wood frame soft-story buildings that may be required to undergo mandatory retrofitting. The list can be obtained by request to DBS, and...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - April 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our April edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile WellDog for its work in...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - Green Buildings are good for the environment, occupants, and the bottom line - CBRE - Apr 14 - Green buildings are good for the environment—that is well known. But what benefits...more

A Beginner’s Guide to OSHA’s Final Silica Rule

On March 24, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule was published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2016....more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

PFOA Contamination Likely to Spur Legislative Action - The discovery of Perfluorooctanoic Acid contamination in southern Vermont drinking water has prompted legislators to examine whether more action is necessary to...more

Corner Briefing: California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act

This is the second edition in an ongoing series of "Corner Briefings" highlighting urban infill legal tools and opportunities. These updates identify new legal cases, legislative updates, grant opportunities and other urban...more

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