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DynCorp's 'Strategic' Defense In Drug Crop Spraying Suit
California Lawmakers Making a Strong Push to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing
Uncertainty Surrounds Illinois’s Nationally-Watched Collaborative Legislation On Fracking
Hot Topics for Waste-to-Energy Investors and Developers
Going on the Offense: Proactive Strategies to Reduce Uncertainty
Which environmental regs may impact your development projects?
Prosecuting Environmental and Toxic Torts
Local Governments Continue to Fight States for Right to Govern Fracking
Deryck Palmer on What’s Next for the Energy Sector
Stealth Lawyer: Tama Matsuoka Wong, Forager for Restaurant Daniel
Are EPA Regulations or Market Factors More to Blame for Potential Coal Plant Closures?
Regulatory Challanges When Bringing a Vehicle to Market in the United States
Pacific Northwest Positioned to Be Hub for Great Sustainable Transportation Economy
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
LEED Certification Basics and the Rise of Green Building—Lori Wisniewski Azzara
Vermont Becomes the First State to Outlaw Fracking—Stone Pigman's Keith Hall
Natural gas encourages industrial and large commercial end-users to revisit their operational plans
LXBN This Week Ep. 2: EEOC on Criminal Records & Transgender Discrimination, BP Oil Spill Arrest, AZ Immigration Law at SCOTUS
For several years, the District of Columbia has been working toward regulations designed to prevent and eliminate lead hazards. It came one step closer on April 26, 2013, when the District's Department of the Environment...more
In two previous LEED tips, Part 1 and Part 2, we explored how taking steps that result in LEED certification may yield little if any improvement in energy efficiency. Another efficiency-neutral LEED concern is clean on-site...more
Kermit the Frog once famously lamented that “it’s not easy being green.” Well, we hate to break it to you, Kermit, but that’s not exactly true anymore. As it turns out, being green is now all the rage, especially in the...more
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued important guidance to determine when construction begins with respect to a qualified facility for purposes of the production tax credit and the investment tax credit for certain...more
The renewable electricity production tax credit and the energy investment tax credit currently offer taxpayers a tax credit for energy produced from qualified facilities. For the PTC, the tax credit covers a ten-year period....more
On April 15, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2013-29 (Notice), which established guidelines and a safe harbor to determine when construction has begun on a “qualified facility” for purposes of the renewable...more
Today is the day the world ended. But it didn’t. The spin put by some on the Mayan calendar didn’t pan out and the world continued. Here in Baltimore we didn’t buy into the predictions, but just in case, we went looking...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
An operational policy document drafted by key company officers, a Green Lease Policy Statement should define the company’s long and short term sustainability goals as they relate to its owned and leased locations and set out...more
In May 2012, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released five new documents for use on sustainable projects...more
If a firm states that a construction project possesses sustainable features or energy-efficient attributes relative to traditional practices, certain risk mitigation issues and practices must be addressed....more
By now, I hope you know me well enough to know that I’d never, ever say you should make a guaranty of performance, period, let alone guaranty the green performance for a new building. However, sometimes caution has to be...more
“Green Buildings” feature energy efficient and environmentally friendly elements. Governmental regulation, cost savings and public relations are driving the trend. While architects, engineers, contractors and facilities...more
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A deep recession and lethargic recovery have taken their toll on the U.S. construction industry. But despite the overall sluggishness in the construction sector, the U.S. green-building...more
Since 2006, the Government has been working to streamline the review process for major economic projects so that projects proceed in a timely fashion while protecting the environment. For example, in 2010 the Government...more
A deep recession and lethargic recovery have taken their toll on the U.S. construction industry. But despite the overall sluggishness in the construction sector, the U.S. green building sector has flourished. Due in large...more
When selecting a business operation location for your New York or New Jersey business, there are a number of important factors to consider.
While issues like cost, visibility, and convenience often make it to the top of...more
When hiring an environmental consultant, it is important to carefully review the terms and conditions governing the agreement between you and your consultant. One of the key components of the professional services agreement...more
Summary of the Renewable Energy Market 2011 and a Predication for 2012 in Australia....more
Summary of the Energy Efficiency Initiatives released under the Australian Government's "Securing and Clean Energy Future: Climate Change Plan" in July 2011....more
This is a Newsflash detailing the core drivers/incentives for building owners to upgrade the energy efficiency of their buildings....more
A number of bills were passed during the Maryland General Assembly's 2011 legislative session that will impact certain sectors of the construction industry. Ober|Kaler has put together brief summaries of certain bills from...more
Last month the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District provided important guidance on the issue of when approval of an agreement affecting a development constitutes approval of a “project” that requires review...more
Christopher G. Hill, LEED AP and Virginia Construction Lawyer discusses several great resources regarding the new EPA lead paint remediation rule. Contractors and subcontractors should read these articles to prepare...more
Imagine you are a developer proposing a new subdivision project. Before the city council will consider your project for approval, an environmental impact report (“EIR”) must be prepared under the California Environmental...more
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