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Tennessee Urges EPA to Adopt the "Tennessee Plan" to Define WOTUS

by Burr & Forman on

The commissioners of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently responded to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s request to States for comments...more

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Delist Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

by Nossaman LLP on

On June 22, 2017, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will delist the Yellowstone population of the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis). According to the...more

Ninth Circuit Requires Evidence of No Injury, Recognizes Forfeiture of Pre-1919 Arizona Water Rights

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A recent ruling from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals underscores the importance of beneficially using water, as currently recognized in California, to maintain state water rights. On June 13, a three-judge panel...more

FERC Conditional Approval of Natural Gas Pipeline Consistent with Clean Water Act Sequencing Requirements

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

In the midst of the U.S. energy boom, the expansion and modernization of the nation’s energy infrastructure has been a priority. The ramp up in shale natural gas production has spurred investments in pipeline projects,...more

First Appellate District Holds that Air Quality Management District’s Issuance of “Authority to Construct” May Be Challenged Under...

by Downey Brand LLP on

On May 25, 2017, the First Appellate District published a modified version of its unpublished March 23, 2017 opinion, holding that the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District’s (“MCAQMD”) issuance of an “Authority to...more

DOJ Ban Pushes Third Parties to the Periphery - A new restriction on settlement payments could limit role of Supplemental...

A one-page memorandum from Attorney General Jeff Sessions could cause significant changes to how settling defendants can use supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) in settling Department of Justice (DOJ) environmental...more

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

Limited Time Remaining To Help Shape Maryland's Nutrient Trading Program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

There are only a few weeks left for the public to comment on the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) recently issued draft regulations establishing Maryland’s Water Quality Nutrient and Sediment Trading and Offset...more

Timeline for Implementation of Pesticide Applicators Rule Lengthened by the EPA

by Varnum LLP on

On May 11, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a 12-month extension on the implementation of the revised final Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators Rule. The extension is meant to provide states and...more

New California Groundwater Fees – Another Step Forward for SGMA

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s newer groundwater regulatory structure, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (“SGMA”), was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on September 16, 2014. The State Water Resources Control Board...more

City of Los Angeles Releases Draft Hollywood Community Plan Update

On June 13, 2017, the City of Los Angeles released its new Hollywood Community Plan (“Plan”) draft. The current plan dates back to 1988. In 2012, the City adopted an update to the community plan that was subsequently...more

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Reopens Comment Period for Five Proposed Rules

by Nossaman LLP on

Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) issued a notice in the Federal Register that it was reopening the comment period on five proposed rules for four plant species. Specifically, the proposed rules...more

DOJ to No Longer Allow Settlements to Include Contributions to Third Parties, Thereby Threatening the Future of SEPs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Attorney General has directed the Department of Justice to no longer allow payments to third parties as part of resolving federal cases. For environmental cases, this prohibition could...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

Beware Environmental Regulations Lurking in Local Codes – Such as the Wellhead Protection Program

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Most companies know that the environmental impacts of their operations are regulated by the federal government (primarily the US Environmental Protection Agency) and various state governments (in Oregon, primarily the Oregon...more

Superfund Changes Afoot

Since taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has made it clear that he intends to focus on—and overhaul—the Superfund program. Calling the program “at the center of the Agency’s core mission”, Pruitt has put in place...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

Safety, Health and Environment Matters - Spring 2017

by DLA Piper on

Shortly before this edition of SHE Matters went to press, the latest developments occurred in the long-running litigation between Client Earth and Government over air quality in the UK, excessive ambient levels of nitrogen...more

Monetizing Vacant Land Through Mitigation Banking

by Sullivan & Worcester on

A mitigation bank is a wetland, stream, or other habitat area that has been restored, established, enhanced, or (in certain circumstances) preserved for the purpose of providing compensation for unavoidable impacts to such...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

Car Sharing Act - New Benefits for Car Sharing Offerings in Germany

by White & Case LLP on

Over the last several years, car sharing has become a frequently used supplement to public transportation and an alternative to purchasing a personal vehicle. Car sharing not only provides expanded mobility and flexibility...more

Impact of Ninth Circuit Upholding Biological Opinion for Silver State South Solar Project in Nevada

by Perkins Coie on

In Defenders of Wildlife v. Zinke, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the Biological Opinion prepared by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to assess the impacts on the threatened desert tortoise from the...more

Tenth Circuit Finds CERCLA Contribution Claim Not Barred by Bankruptcy Approval of a Settlement Estimating Liability for the Site

Asarco LLC v. Noranda Mining, Inc., 844 F.3d 1201 (10th Cir. 2017). In a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) contribution action, the Tenth Circuit ruled that a mining company, whose...more

California Court Of Appeal Rejects Citizens Group Nuisance Case Regarding Sea Lion Stench

Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement v. City of San Diego, 8 Cal. App. 5th 350 (Cal. Ct. App. 2017). The Fourth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal concluded that the City of San Diego could not be held...more

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