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EPA Proposes Stricter Ozone NAAQS

On November 25, 2014, EPA proposed to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. The rule is available online and should be published soon in the Federal Register....more

Wotus: Scotus, Potus . . . Lotus?

It was inevitable I suppose. In a town where every policy discussion reaffirms the lampooning it receives in HBO’s “Veep,” it was only a matter of time until the EPA/Army Corps’ proposed rule on the scope of jurisdiction...more

A Brave New World of Water Regulation

A brave new world of water regulation - Since the state of California was born, the right to extract and use groundwater has been virtually unregulated — the law has provided few tools to limit or manage how...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: August 2014 #2

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - With Congress preparing to return to Washington, efforts are underway to fill the two-week session with negotiations on a continuing resolution and votes on several pre-election issue...more

Updates: Federal Government's Efforts to Review and Devise Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

(1) GAO Report: EPA Can Do More To Protect Groundwater from Pollutants Associated with Fracking - On Monday, July 28, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report stating that EPA can do more to...more

Regulatory Threat to Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities

A federal inter-agency Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group has called for the elimination of an exemption currently enjoyed by water and wastewater treatment facilities from the Chemical Facility and...more

Water Issues Reframe State Fracking Debate

The debate over fracking continues nationwide, but in California there is an increasing focus on one major issue: water supply. With the state facing one of the most severe droughts on record and water regulators tightening...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed bi-weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues...more

Obama’s Climate Change Strategy In Supreme Court’s Hands

Two years ago, the Supreme Court upheld the major domestic policy initiative of President Obama’s first term, ruling that the Affordable Care Act passed constitutional muster. This coming June, the Court will determine the...more

Energy And Environment Update -- January 14, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International Trade Commission; International; States; Sustainability; and...more

North Carolina Legislative Report - November 15, 2013

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

U.S. Health and Safety Law: Inspections and Investigations During the Shutdown

Last night, Congress failed to reach an agreement to continue funding government operations beyond the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The federal government is, consequently, in the process of shutting-down a significant portion of...more

"Ontario Speech From The Throne", Focus On Public Policy, February 2013

On Tuesday, February 19th, 2013, the Honourable David Onley, Ontario's Lieutenant Governor, delivered the Wynne government’s Speech from the Throne in the Ontario legislature. Entitled The Way Forward, this speech officially...more

Energy And Environment Update -- January 13, 2013

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

Wind Power and Biofuel Production Tax Credits Survive Fiscal Cliff

Introduction - On January 1, 2013, amid much contentious debate, Congress enacted the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) (the “Relief Act”). Although the Relief Act does not comprehensively address U.S....more

Kevin Hughes Appointed Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission

Governor Martin O'Malley appointed Commissioner W. Kevin Hughes as Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission following the announcement that current Chairman Douglas R.M. Nazarian was appointed to the Court of...more

More Information About the Extension of the Production Tax Credit

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which was passed by Congress to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” extends certain federal income tax benefits for renewable energy projects, including...more

Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Administrative/Congress: Post-Election Avalanche Of Rules Could Be Coming

In the face of strong criticism by the business community that regulations were holding back the economy and job creation, in 2011 the White House began putting the brakes on numerous initiatives that were working their way...more

D.C's clean-energy conundrum

Originally published in Reuters on December 9, 2012 Few issues are now as politically polarizing as the role of government in supporting clean-energy technologies. It pits those concerned about global warming against...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - December 2012

In This Issue: - 01 U.S.-China Trade Concerns Highlighted In Report To Congress - 02 Congressional Committee Finds Huawei And ZTE To Be Threats To National Security - 03 Administration Announces Manufacturing...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy News - November 2012

In This Issue: - Proposal 3 Rejected by Voters - Patriot Solar Development Efforts Shine - Reducing Total Lifetime System Costs for Solar Panels - Sierra Club Ready to Sue on Alleged Air Quality Violations -...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

China Update - November 20, 2012

In This Issue: Quotes of The Week; U.S.- China relations; Trade; and Energy & Environment. - Excerpt from Quotes of The Week - “It’s important that our two countries cooperate to build a more secure and...more

Minnesota Environmental Review

Last fall, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton issued Executive Order 11-32 which directed the Environmental Quality Board (“EQB”) to evaluate and make recommendations: on how to improve environmental review; and for improved...more

"BP's Settlement With DOJ: Lessons Learned Within the Congressional Investigations Arena"

On November 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that BP Exploration and Production Inc. (BP) has agreed to plead guilty to a 14-count criminal information and pay a record $4 billion in criminal fines and...more

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