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FCC Proposes New Rules On Local Wireless Siting
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The Koontz Decision: Limits Conditions a Government can Impose on Developers
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Going on the Offense: Proactive Strategies to Reduce Uncertainty
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Prosecuting Environmental and Toxic Torts
Deryck Palmer on What’s Next for the Energy Sector
Stealth Lawyer: Tama Matsuoka Wong, Forager for Restaurant Daniel
Regulatory Challanges When Bringing a Vehicle to Market in the United States
New Consumer Product Regulations: Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers Need to Prepare
Who pays for road damage in Pennsylvania after ACT 13?
Marcellus gas fuels Natural Gas Vehicles
Natural gas encourages industrial and large commercial end-users to revisit their operational plans
Sackett v EPA - Supreme Court Authorizes Pre-Enforcement Review of Clean Water Act Compliance Orders - David Cooke
Is Fracking Safe?
California Redevelopment Agency Update: The Implications of the Matosantos Decision
Vapor Intrusion: A Game-Changer in How Property is Being Evaluated by Regulators & Lenders
Protecting and Perfecting Condominium Entitlements in a Down Economy
Solar power panels on residential rooftops are an increasingly common sight these days. But the legal mechanics behind the development and delivery of solar power to consumers can be complex.
There are several alternative...more
A recent appellate case addressed the issue of minor problems and deficiencies in an Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) and whether they were prejudicial errors that amounted to defects in the approval process required for a...more
A question I often am asked is “What can and should our company do when it receives an information request from EPA or an EPA inspector shows up unannounced at one of our facilities?” This is an excellent question in light...more
The City of Los Angeles took another step towards granting exclusive franchises for commercial trash hauling within the City, franchises that would also cover large apartment complexes. Under a plan approved by two City...more
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the release of revised “Green Guides” on October 1, 2012. The Green Guides are intended to help marketers avoid making misleading environmental claims.
The Green Guides are...more
Draft regulations regarding toxic substances in consumer products were issued for comment by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on July 27, 2012.
Referred to as the “Safer Consumer Product...more
What does pro football in the City of Los Angeles have to do with affordable housing?
According to a coalition of community activists, the decision to build a stadium in downtown LA for an NFL franchise “would create a...more
In This Issue:
- FERC Approves First Commercial Wave Energy Project
- Benefit Corporation Legal Structure Utilized by Companies Focused on Renewable Energy
- Massachusetts Provides Additional Policy Support for...more
Three out of four is an exceptional batting average, but renewable energy advocates are undoubtedly disappointed by the one big loss they suffered in the recent legislative session.
Three bills related to solar energy and...more
Federal agencies in Washington D.C.and the State of California have been concurrently developing plans to allow development and permitting of utility scale solar energy plants on public lands.
The US Department of the...more
California, the world’s fifth-largest economy and 18th in total carbon emissions if it were a separate country1, is rapidly moving forward with the development of its cap and trade program scheduled to be implemented in 2013....more
How do you motivate condo developers to make green building standards a priority? Offer creative green building incentives that will make their projects more marketable. This is what Governor Cuomo had in mind for the State...more
In This Article:
Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more
A variety of tax proposals are now under consideration in the U.S. that, if enacted, could help to stimulate investment in U.S. renewable energy projects.
One proposal would expand the beneficial tax attributes of...more
In This Article:
Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more
In This Article:
Natural gas is easily one of the most important areas of energy-related matters in the United States. In this video, McNees attorney James P. Dougherty provides an overview of Marcellus Shale and its significance in the...more
Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law SHB 2239, a bill amending the Washington Business Corporation Act (“WBCA”) to authorize the use of social purpose corporations, effective June 7, 2012. Washington follows...more
November 2011 — On October 5, 2011, Bill 89 entitled “An Act to Amend the Environment Quality Act in order to Reinforce Compliance” (the “Bill”) was sanctioned, reinforcing compliance with the Environment Quality Act (“EQA”)....more
The Court answered two questions in its ruling: (1) a corporate entity is not subject to a heightened standard in determining whether it has "standing" to bring a lawsuit under CEQA; and (2) the City of Manhattan Beach was...more
A federal district court has sided with the Sierra Club in a nearly four-year battle over approvals issued by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to a Kansas electric cooperative. The approvals—which were given pursuant to a...more
In this issue: Message From The Chair; RMF Successfully Opposes Joint-Venture Allegations; On The Horizon: The Battle Over Hydrofracking; and Practice Pointer: Find Your Own ”Headless Body Found in Topless Bar”.
It will soon be one year since the April 20, 2010, explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The resulting oil spill (the Gulf spill) has been the subject of multiple investigations and analyses....more
On January 1, 2011, a new Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation takes effect to minimize leaks of refrigerants typically used by supermarkets and grocery stores, food and beverage processors, cold storage warehouses, hotels...more
California's Proposition 65 is a law that can almost defy explanation, because when one tells the uninitiated how it operates and who is affected, the typical response runs along the lines of "You must be mistaken, nobody...more