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Sustainable Development Update - June 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California and New York just sued to protect Obama’s final energy rules - Washington Post - Jun 14 - Eleven states, led by California and New York, have sued the Trump...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump White House hits pause on Obama efficiency standards - Utility Dive - Jan 23 - The Obama administration issued several new efficiency regulations in late December,...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2016 #2

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Renewable Energy Focus - Trump names climate change skeptic and oil industry ally to lead the EPA - Los Angeles Times - Dec 7 - Donald Trump picked Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt to run the...more

Is There Practical Evidence of Climate Change?

by Burr & Forman on

A recent article in The New York Times titled: Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coast Real Estate, indicates that rising seas and storm-related flooding in Florida appear to be driven by climate change and may be having...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016

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Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. voters approve billions for transit and green space - Urban Land - Dec 1 - In November, voters across the U.S. endorsed numerous state and local ballot measures...more

Solar Industry Update: Clearing the Path for More Solar in the Sunshine State

In yesterday’s primary election, Florida voters approved Amendment 4, granting the Florida Legislature’s request for authority to exempt the value of solar improvements from commercial property taxes....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: June 2016 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

LACMTA Approves Tax Ballot Measure to Fund $120 Billion Transit Plan - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACTMA) on June 24, 2016, approved a sales tax ballot measure to help fund $120 billion...more

Governor Ducey Vetoes Water and Development Bills

by Snell & Wilmer on

With the second regular legislative session of Governor Doug Ducey’s tenure complete, the Governor exercised his veto pen rejecting several laws impacting water and land development. On May 9th, Governor Ducey vetoed two...more

New Kansas Act Allows Relief for Purchase of Contaminated Property

by Lathrop Gage on

On May 9, 2016, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law the Contaminated Property Redevelopment Act (the “Act”). The goal of this Act is to allow purchasers in Kansas to acquire real property with pre-existing...more

Armada of Lobbyists, Lawyers and Consultants Has to Fear Curtatone in His Rowboat

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If you’re in a construction trade, you’re probably not too happy with Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, the only person standing between Steve Wynn and his dream of a $2 billion casino in Everett. Yet I have to believe...more

Governor Brown Signs Legislation Changing Commercial Building Owner Obligations on Energy Usage Disclosure

by Nossaman LLP on

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 802, which among other actions repeals the existing nonresidential building energy usage disclosure requirements. The prior law, AB 1103, codified in the...more

Governor Signs Legislation Ending the Development of Regional Impact Program for New Development

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On Thursday, May 14, 2015, Governor Scott signed into law CS/CS Senate Bill 1216, now Chapter 2015-30, Laws of Florida. This historic piece of legislation eliminates the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) process...more

Groundwater Fees in Flux Following Recent Conflicting Proposition 218 Cases

by Allen Matkins on

With California in the midst of a record-breaking drought (as reported in a recent Allen Matkins legal alert, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an Executive Order ordering mandatory actions to reduce California's water...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order Reducing Federal GHG Emissions

On March 19, 2015, the White House published an Executive Order signed by President Obama that would further a preference for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred products....more

California’s New Energy Efficiency Challenge

California Governor Jerry Brown, sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term, recently revealed an ambitious new plan to address the impacts of climate change over the next 15 years. The Governor’s bold initiatives include a...more

Environmental and Energy: Governor Vetoes Extension of Brownfield Cleanup Program Tax Credits (12/14)

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On December 29, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have extended the availability of tax credits under New York State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) until March 31, 2017....more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 10/20/2014

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - With just over two weeks until election day, Congress is preparing for a brief but intense Lame Duck session, while continuing final campaign pushes. With several races still in the...more

Georgia EPD Appoints New Brownfield Program Coordinator

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Beth Blalock has been named the new Brownfield Coordinator for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, replacing Madeleine Kellam, who has led the brownfield program since its inception and will retire at the end of...more

Other 2014 Environmental and Land Use Legislation: Fracking, Brownfields, State Land Conservation, Private Easements, Wood Burning...

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

The General Assembly passed noteworthy bills on six diverse environmental and land use subjects. Hydraulic Fracturing Waste - A deceptively simple bill concerning hydraulic fracturing waste, PA 14-200, emerged...more

California Supreme Court Holds No CEQA Review Required for a Voter Initiative-Sponsored Ordinance

by Nossaman LLP on

In a relatively short decision, the California Supreme Court held in Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court of Tuolumne County (Tuolumne Jobs) that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) does not...more

The California Supreme Court Further Limits the Scope of CEQA Review for Voter-Sponsored Initiatives in Tuolumne Jobs & Small...

by Allen Matkins on

Voter-driven initiatives meeting California Elections Code requirements may be adopted directly by local governments without first conducting a full review under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), according to...more

California Supreme Court Holds CEQA Inapplicable To City’s Adoption Of Qualified Voter Initiative Approving Wal-Mart “Supercenter”...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a concise 15-page opinion filed August 7, 2014, the California Supreme Court reversed the Fifth District Court of Appeal’s judgment which had held that a city may not adopt a voter-sponsored initiative with potential...more

Members Seek Update to Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act

by King & Spalding on

On January 9, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2279, the Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act. The package, composed of three separate bills, seeks to modernize existing federal law and increase the role...more

Senate Introduces Bill To Amend Endangered Species Act

by Nossaman LLP on

A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA)—entitled the Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act (Bill)—has been introduced in the United States Senate. The Bill, authored by Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike...more

Polanco Act 2.0 Set to Commence in 2014

by Nossaman LLP on

When Governor Brown eliminated California’s redevelopment agencies with one swipe of his pen (OK, fine, he had a bit of help from the California Supreme Court as well), one of the things that got a bit lost in the ensuing...more

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