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Regulatory Threat to Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities

A federal inter-agency Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group has called for the elimination of an exemption currently enjoyed by water and wastewater treatment facilities from the Chemical Facility and...more

Water Issues Reframe State Fracking Debate

The debate over fracking continues nationwide, but in California there is an increasing focus on one major issue: water supply. With the state facing one of the most severe droughts on record and water regulators tightening...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-11 - June 2014

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

Schoenbrod: SCOTUS Ruling Helps EPA Deal With a "Stupid Statute" [Video]

May 15, 2014 -- David Schoenbrod, professor at New York Law School, talks about the recent ruling at the United States Supreme Court preserving the Environmental Protection Agency's power to regulate power plant pollution...more

New CEQA Standing Reform Bill (SB 1451) Proposes Positive Changes That Would Reduce “Late Hit” Document Dumps And Extend...

A CEQA reform bill (SB 1451) introduced and authored by seven (7) Democrats (Senators Correa, Galgiani, Hill, Hueso, Roth, and Steinberg, and Assembly Member Mullin) would amend Public Resources Code § 21177 to heighten...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed bi-weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues...more

Law Prof: The Clean Air Act Needs a Reboot  [Video]

Feb. 24, 2014 -- Professor David Schoenbrod talks about some of the inadequacies of The Clean Air Act along with potential solutions to the problem....more

Obama’s Climate Change Strategy In Supreme Court’s Hands

Two years ago, the Supreme Court upheld the major domestic policy initiative of President Obama’s first term, ruling that the Affordable Care Act passed constitutional muster. This coming June, the Court will determine the...more

More Than Five Years Later, the Bush Administration Is Still Losing Environmental Cases

I previously noted that the record of the Bush administration in defending its rulemaking decisions was dangerously near the Mendoza Line. Indeed, even four years after Bush left office, it was continuing to lose decisions. ...more

Energy And Environment Update -- January 14, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International Trade Commission; International; States; Sustainability; and...more

“Waters of the U.S.” — What’s Not To Understand?

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers continue their ongoing effort to bring clarity to the tangled mess wrought by the Supreme Court in Rapanos v. U. S. In that 2006 case, a fractured Court issued five separate opinions on the...more

North Carolina Legislative Report - November 15, 2013

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Energy And Environment Update -- January 13, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Government Accountability Office;...more

Wind Power and Biofuel Production Tax Credits Survive Fiscal Cliff

Introduction - On January 1, 2013, amid much contentious debate, Congress enacted the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) (the “Relief Act”). Although the Relief Act does not comprehensively address U.S....more

Kevin Hughes Appointed Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission

Governor Martin O'Malley appointed Commissioner W. Kevin Hughes as Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission following the announcement that current Chairman Douglas R.M. Nazarian was appointed to the Court of...more

D.C's clean-energy conundrum

Originally published in Reuters on December 9, 2012 Few issues are now as politically polarizing as the role of government in supporting clean-energy technologies. It pits those concerned about global warming against...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy News - November 2012

In This Issue: - Proposal 3 Rejected by Voters - Patriot Solar Development Efforts Shine - Reducing Total Lifetime System Costs for Solar Panels - Sierra Club Ready to Sue on Alleged Air Quality Violations -...more

China Update - November 20, 2012

In This Issue: Quotes of The Week; U.S.- China relations; Trade; and Energy & Environment. - Excerpt from Quotes of The Week - “It’s important that our two countries cooperate to build a more secure and...more

Lead Agency Could Not Bypass CEQA Review By Adopting A Voter-Sponsored Initiative As An Ordinance Instead Of Placing The...

A court of appeal created a split of authority when it ruled that California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) review was necessary when a city approved a project, by adopting as an ordinance, an initiative petition that...more

Minnesota Environmental Review

Last fall, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton issued Executive Order 11-32 which directed the Environmental Quality Board (“EQB”) to evaluate and make recommendations: on how to improve environmental review; and for improved...more

Renewable Energy Update -- November 14, 2012

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus -- What Does The Obama Re-Election Mean For Wind?; What Stops Banks From Lending to Energy Efficiency Projects?; IRS Appeals Solyndra Chapter 11 Confirmation Decision; Wind energy...more

Voter-Approved Measure That Establishes A Competitive Bidding Process For Future Waste Service Contracts Is Not A “Project” And Is...

A city council’s decision to place a measure on the ballot to establish competitive bidding for future trash service contracts did not require prior environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act...more

Impossible and Useless CEQA Review Is Required If City Opts Under Elections Code to Adopt Legislative Project Approvals Proposed...

In a case notable for its unique conception of “meaningful discretion” for purposes of triggering CEQA review, the Fifth District Court of Appeal has created a split in authority that will undoubtedly require Supreme Court...more

Despite Democratic wins, Capitol Hill status quo remains -- Expect legislative stalemate on energy and environmental issues but...

Despite recent polls showing a close popular vote, President Obama won a decisive electoral vote victory, winning all of the battleground states. Election night also saw Senate Democrats increase their margin in the chamber...more

Renewable Energy Update -- November 7, 2012

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - Investors Ask for Wind Tax Credit Extension; It's Obama: Now What For Climate And Clean Energy?; K Road, SunPower complete 25MW solar plant in California; AT&T; Becomes Bloom...more

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