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Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #4

Energy and Climate Debate - Energy and climate issues will garner substantial attention between now and the August recess, and congressional, Administration, and international efforts will remain high through the end of...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Tax Policy Update

The amount by which Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said he wanted to reduce, or “haircut,” all of the 50-plus tax provisions known as extenders. Warner accurately predicted that his Senate Finance Committee colleagues wanted to keep...more

Here We Go Again—The Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act

For the fourth time since the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in April 2010, a Congressional bill proposes to further amend the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - With just two or three weeks before the August recess – two for the House, three for the Senate – Congress has a full schedule. The Senate will devote much of this week to the Highway bill,...more

Dead in the Water: The Western Water and American Food Security Act

The Western Water and American Food Security Act was — and is — pre-ordained to fail. It exacerbates the split within California over drought response, takes on the always controversial Endangered Species Act and, thereby,...more

The Baker Administration looks to Hydropower to meet GHG goals

The Baker Administration announced on July 9 that it filed a bill for sourcing long-term hydroelectric power in the Commonwealth. Hydroelectric power currently provides a small portion of electricity consumed in...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency -...more

Infrastructure Battles Heat Up During the Summer of ‘15

News came this week that the Obama Administration is threatening a veto if Congress reverts to form and proposes only a temporary extension of the Highway Trust Fund instead of tackling a long-term transportation funding...more

TSCA Reform: House Passes TSCA Modernization Act: Senate to Consider TSCA Soon

On June 23, 2015, the House passed the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) by a vote of 398-1. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce issued a press release on June 22, 2015, noting that the bill "would bring...more

June 5, 2015 Womble Legislative Update

It’s June – the month the legislature logically should be wrapping up along with the state’s fiscal year but we’re nowhere close. There are still big fights ahead on budget, taxes, economic development tools, solar produced...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Environmental Protection Agency - International - States - Excerpt from Energy and...more

Carbon Matters - Summer 2015

In This Issue: - The EU ETS and the Market Stability Reserve - Deadline Approaching for the Completion of ESOS Assessments - The EU Commission Proposals for the Roadmap to the Paris COPMOP - Fracking...more

Four Books That Should Be On Every City Official’s Summer Reading List

Cities and their metro regions are getting increased attention as sources of innovation and local collaborative leadership to address national problems ranging from the infrastructure gap to physical and social mobility and...more

Energy & Environment Update - June 2015 #5

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of State - Department of Transportation -...more

Supreme Court Update: Michigan V. EPA (14-47) And Arizona State Legislature V. Arizona Independent Redistricting Comm'n (13-1314)

The last day of school is always anticlimactic, with finals done and yearbooks already signed. That may have described the atmosphere on First Street yesterday, but make no mistake: The Court ended October Term 2014 term with...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

In Suing Commonwealth of PA, Clean Air Council Takes A Stand For Up-To-Date Building Codes

There is a war on building codes across the United States, and Pennsylvania is ground zero. After years of regular building code updates, a law was passed in 2011 (Act 1) at the urging of the Pennsylvania Builders...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation: House of Representatives Approves TSCA Reform Bill in Near-Unanimous Vote (6/15)

Tangible reform is finally on the horizon for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq. following a recent vote by the House of Representatives overwhelmingly in favor of a new reform bill. Enacted in...more

TSCA Reform Nears Enactment with Easy Passage in the House

The House of Representatives passed the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) on June 23, 2015 by a vote of 398 to 1, indicating that the long-awaited overhaul to the federal chemicals management law may be just around...more

News from Second and State

With both the House and Senate scheduled for session days from now through June 30, it’s hard to say when one week ends and another begins. And an unusual week warrants a different kind of wrap up, as we highlight movement on...more

Texas Town Repeals Voter-Approved Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing

Just seven months after voters in Denton, Texas, approved a measure banning hydraulic fracturing within city limits, the Denton City Council voted 6 to 1 to repeal the ban. Council members called the move a “strategic repeal”...more

The Demise of the Illiana Expressway: Another Court Rejects Development Modeling Projections

While it may go down as a classic case of “bad facts making bad law,” last week’s ruling rejecting the government’s NEPA analysis for the controversial Illiana Expressway is the just the latest in a disturbing trend for large...more

TSCA Reform: House Scheduled to Vote on TSCA Modernization Act

The House is scheduled to vote late today, June 23, 2015 (around 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.), on the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576). The House Committee on Energy and Commerce issued a press release on June 22, 2015,...more

Governor Selects David Bunn to Lead Department of Conservation

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown appointed David Bunn, a former fish and game official and U.C. Davis academic, to lead the California Department of Conservation. The appointment comes after the departure of Director Mark...more

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