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Why Leaving the Paris Climate Accord Could Be a Good Thing

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

The climate change debate is too complex, agenda-driven, and politicized to be addressed adequately in these pages. But the hysteria and faux outrage over President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord...more

California Supreme Court Hands Victory to Private Property Owners Over Public Use

by Snell & Wilmer on

In 1970 the California Supreme Court held that, under certain circumstances, private property owners impliedly dedicate their property to the public if they permit the public to use it. Gion v. City of Santa Cruz (1970) 2...more

California Holds Fast to GHG Reduction in the Face of the Trump Administration

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, brought with it levels of angst and concern not felt for some time within the environmental community. While some welcome the...more

Update – City of Los Angeles Affordable Housing Linkage Fee

The City of Los Angeles continues to move toward the adoption of an ordinance that establishes an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee (Ordinance). As currently proposed, the key provisions of the Ordinance are as follows...more

U.S. EPA Delays Effectiveness of Obama Era Chemical Safety Regulation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last week Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a final rule to further delay the effective date of EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) Amendments an additional 20 months to allow the agency to conduct a...more

"Waters of the United States"— Will Rewrite of the Clean Water Rule Bring Elusive Clarity and Predictability?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Sixteen months after the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit entered its Order halting application of the 2015 Clean Water Rule ("Rule") nationwide, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order...more

Updates to Energy Related Bills in the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been monitoring and providing summaries of key energy-related bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. June 2, 2017 was the deadline by...more

USDOT Seeks Input on Unnecessary Rules and Policies Impeding Transportation Infrastructure Projects

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced today that it has initiated a review of its existing policies, guidance documents and regulations to identify “unnecessary obstacles to” transportation infrastructure...more

The Cost of Maine VRAP Protection to Increase

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The cost to obtain liability protection under Maine’s very popular Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP) will soon increase. Effective January 1, 2018, the cost of Maine DEP assistance in reviewing a voluntary response...more

Converting Environmental Liabilities to Assets: Repurposing Inactive and Abandoned Mine and Mineral Processing Sites

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Under the Brownfields Law of 2002, EPA and other federal agencies have established a variety of programs focused on promoting and funding the repurposing of abandoned mine lands (AMLs), broadly defined as lands, waters, and...more

Board of Supervisors to Consider Compromise Inclusionary Housing Legislation

On June 5, the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the Board of Supervisors will consider compromise inclusionary housing legislation. As shown in our summary comparison chart, the legislation would generally retain...more

Trump Infrastructure Plan Envisions Greater Role for Public-Private Partnerships

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Last week, the White House released an infrastructure “fact sheet” (the “Fact Sheet”) that accompanied its proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget.[2] The Fact Sheet includes an Infrastructure Initiative (the “Initiative”) that...more

President Trump Orders Review of National Monument Designations Under the Antiquities Act

by Nossaman LLP on

On April 26, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13792, Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act (“Order”), which requires the Secretary of the Interior (“Secretary”) to review all Presidential designations...more

EIB Energy Highlights: FERC Nominees to Restore Quorum, Clean Power Plan Rescission, Infrastructure Bills & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy...more

Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord and the Potential Fallout

by Burr & Forman on

President Trump is expected to announce this afternoon his decision whether to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Several news sources yesterday indicated that President Trump has decided to withdraw....more

NO DEAL! SB 649 Passed Out of Appropriations Committee Without Amendment - This Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A working group formed in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee to forge a compromise on rental rates for use of public property such as street lights and traffic lights by operators of small cells failed to reach any...more

Recycling an Idea to Fund Infrastructure Improvements

by Nossaman LLP on

Among other policy initiatives, the Trump Administration has advocated for the need to improve the nation’s infrastructure in order to maintain America’s economic competitiveness. In its recently released 2018 proposed...more

A $1 Trillion Infrastructure Package Will Only Get You $500 Billion Worth of Stuff Without Permitting Reform

Tuesday, President Donald Trump released his FY 2018 budget. Within the budget the administration included a fact sheet containing key principles for the president’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan. On a call with reporters,...more

Is Public Consumption of Marijuana on the Horizon?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In two years, Oregon’s legalized recreational marijuana industry has gone from non-existent to a thriving industry, with over $60 million a year in total sales and over 400 licensed retailers. Despite the growing popularity...more

Governor Ducey Signs Zoning Bill Into Law; Positive News for Infill Development Industry

by Snell & Wilmer on

Great news for the Arizona infill development industry, as the long awaited “fix” to the three-quarters vote/supermajority statute (i.e. A.R.S. Section 9-462.04(G)) has finally made its way through the State Legislature and...more

U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Innovative Solutions for Infrastructure

by Nossaman LLP on

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing titled “Leveraging Federal Funding; Innovative Solutions for...more

Ting Density Bonus Legislation Now Limited to San Francisco

As reported in our prior blog post, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced amendments to the State Density Bonus law (AB 915) that would specifically require all local jurisdictions to impose their local...more

Oregon Legislature Takes Up Cider Bill

For several decades in Oregon, production of alcoholic beverages has firmly occupied the shifting regulatory border between agricultural and commercial uses, the latter of which Oregon law discourages or prohibits on...more

The FY2017 Budget Continues to Support Army Corps Activities

by Downey Brand LLP on

On Friday May 5 President Trump signed the budget deal that allows the Federal government to move from its one week continuing resolution to an adopted budget for the 2017 Fiscal Year....more

Dan Bailey Testifies Before Massachusetts Legislature on House Bill No. 1112, “An Act Improving Housing Opportunities and the...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a bill that seeks to reform zoning law and simplify the process for developers to build housing. Pierce Atwood real estate partner Daniel J. Bailey appeared on behalf of the...more

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