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Federal Coal Combustion Residuals Rule: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Grants Petition for Reconsideration

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator E. Scott Pruitt granted in a September 13th letter petitions for reconsideration from the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (“USWAG”) and AES Puerto...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - Mexico

by White & Case LLP on

Implementation of a cap-and-trade program and compliance market is expected by 2021 - In 2012, Mexico enacted the General Law on Climate Change (GCCL), which required the creation of a national registry for greenhouse...more

Underground Storage Tank Closure/Environmental Assessment: Commonground Blog Post Asks Whether A Data Gap is Considered a...

A September 14th post on the blog Commonground asks if there is a scenario where a Data Gap/Data Failure is considered a recognized environmental condition (“REC”). The blog provides a forum to discuss a variety of issues...more

Cyber Week in Preview: SEC Hack, Equifax CEO on Hot Seat and Energy Sector Cyber Spend

As we start the new week, a recap of major cybersecurity developments: Equifax CEO Faces Senate Committee – Senate staffers are busy readying cross examination scripts for the testimony next week of Equifax Inc. Chief...more

Hurricanes, PREPA, and Puerto Rico electric grid

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Hurricane Maria has hit Puerto Rico, damaging the island's electric grid and causing systemic power outages. The storm made landfall on September 20 as a Category 4 hurricane with winds at 155 miles per hour. ...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2017 #4

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Water district vote deals major blow to California's delta tunnel project - Los Angeles Times - Sep 19 - By a 7-1 vote, the Westlands Water District board on Tuesday decided not...more

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Holds that a State Agency Waived its Authority to Issue a Water Quality Certification by...

by King & Spalding on

On September 15, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order holding that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) waived its authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) by...more

Transaction Structuring Matters: North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Rooftop Solar Power Purchase Agreements

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A North Carolina appeals court has reminded energy developers in the state of the importance of structuring a transaction so as not to trigger the state’s utility franchise laws. For one unfortunate developer, that reminder...more

Pioneering Offshore Access to the China Commodities Futures Markets – The INE and its Medium Sour Crude Oil Contract

by Reed Smith on

The opening up of the futures markets for commodity products in China has been much discussed and highly anticipated. However, it looks like a crude oil futures contract, listed on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange...more

New York Governor Signs Bill On Bioheating Fuel Requirements

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The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that on September 13, 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that introduces bioheating fuel tax credits and bioheating fuel tax requirements to three New York...more

Pruitt Responds To Senators’ Request For Details On Icahn’s Advisory Role

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On September 11, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt sent a letter to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in response to the request by Senator Whitehouse and four other Democratic...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - This was the Senate’s first week back from their summer break and it was rather quiet up on the hill as negotiations were still taking place on the budget. The Senate sent their spending plan to the House of...more

Neste Announces Renewable Jet Fuel To Be Used At Genève Aéroport

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On September 13, 2017, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced it is collaborating with Genève Aéroport to make flying more sustainable. Neste will be providing renewable jet...more

DOE Studies Impact Of Drought On Biomass Products

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Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have linked changes in rainfall and other environmental stressors during crop growth to potential deleterious effects on biofuel production. The study demonstrates that...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - Canada

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Ontario and Québec lead the way in developing trading schemes - Canada's federal government recently entered into an agreement with eight Canadian provinces and three Canadian territories that is likely to accelerate the...more

Clean Water Act Jurisdiction/Groundwater: National Association of Clean Water Agencies Amicus Brief

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (“NACWA”) joined a number of organizations in filing an Amicus Brief on September 8th with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case styled Upstate...more

Examination of Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands: September 19th U.S. Senate...

The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing titled - To Examine Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands - The hearing was also scheduled...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#3

Trump is Still Pulling Out of Paris Agreement, Despite Chatter of a Reversal, Experts Say - "President Donald Trump is unlikely to reverse his position to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, despite the White House...more

Shaking Things Up – The Trump Administration, Regulatory Change, and Administrative Law: Allan Gates (Mitchell Williams) National...

My law firm colleague Allan Gates undertook a webinar presentation for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (“NACWA”) titled: - Shaking Things Up – The Trump Administration, Regulatory Change, and...more

A Legal and Commercial Checklist for Bankable Solar EPC Contracts: A Developer’s Guide

Large-scale solar development is big business, and solar EPC Contracts are big business by association. In Q2 2017, the U.S. solar market installed 2,387 MWdc, an 8% increase year-over-year, and the largest second quarter...more

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos Announces Petróleos Mexicanos Invitation to Bid for Ayín-Batsil...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 18, 2017, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission or “CNH”), commenced an international tender process to grant the right to enter into a license...more

Halftime in California — Which Climate and Environmental Bills Are on the Board?

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The California legislature conducts its business in two-year sessions starting on the first Monday in December following an election. Last Friday, September 15, 2017, marked the last day for the California legislature to pass...more

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 13

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4...more

NYDEC Waived Right to Act on a CWA 401 Water Qualification

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision in the matter of Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC was issued on September 15, 2017. FERC determined that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation...more

U.S. Dodges OPA Claim But Must Defend Against Insurer’s Negligence Claims

On September 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit released a significant Oil Pollution Act (OPA) ruling. The case is Ironshore Specialty Insurance Company v. U.S., et al. The Court of Appeals affirmed the...more

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