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Passing the Buck: The Impact of Maryland's New Stormwater Fees on Commercial Leases

During its 2012 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 987, a bill which required that the ten separate EPA-licensed storm sewer system (“MS4”) jurisdictions in Maryland (Baltimore City and nine...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Appeals from a Pollution Control Facility Certification Order

Tomorrow morning in Chicago, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral argument in The Board of Education of Roxana Community Unit School District No. 1 v. The Pollution Control Board, which presents an important question of...more

California Supreme Court Update: Air Quality Emissions Reduction Credits May Be Considered in Assessing Unit Value of Power Plant,...

A power plant operator was required to purchase emission reduction credits (“ERCs”) to comply with the permitting process to build a power plant. Over the course of several years, the State Board of Equalization (“Board”)...more

Court of Appeal Narrowly Reads School Bond Measure Language; Parking Shortfall May Constitute An Environmental Impact Under CEQA

A school district board placed a large bond measure on the city ballot to fund projects at multiple schools in the district, including a project to erect stadium lighting at a high school. ...more

Huron County Seeks Clarification On Taxes

The Board of Commissioners for Huron County have resolved to not take any more action regarding wind energy projects until Michigan clarifies the legislation and taxation of wind turbine....more

Reed Smith Marcellus Shale Tax Update - Recycle, Reuse, Reduce Your Tax Burdens

Pennsylvania’s broad mining exemption from sales and use tax also includes an exemption for pollution-control devices that is less well known than the general exemption for mining equipment. The pollution-control exemption...more

NJ On Offshore Wind: Let's Build A Project Already

Is New Jersey placing the cart before the horse when it comes to the establishment of rules regulating the state’s offshore renewable energy certificates? Instead of spending time analyzing how to mitigate the risks of...more

Myanmar Issues Foreign Investment Law Implementing Regulations

Summary - On January 31, 2013, the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development released the new Implementing Regulations for the Myanmar Foreign Investment Law No. 21 (FIL No. 21). President U Thein Sein...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 23, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - A conversation with outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; A Challenge To Obama's Climate Change Pledge; BLM pulls proposed fracking rules, works on new version; Six Top...more

Damon Key Legal Alert (Dec. 2012) - Hawaii Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credits

The State of Hawaii Department of Taxation (“DOT”) recently issued temporary administrative rules that will affect anyone planning on installing and placing in service a renewable energy technology system, including a...more

Understanding Renewable Energy: Solar

This article provides an introduction to solar energy, including the different types of solar projects, the benefits and limits of solar energy and the federal and state programs that promote this technology. This article...more

Judge Gold Issues Another Historic Everglades Order This Week: EPA Proposal Moves Forward

United States District Judge Alan Gold makes news this month (again) with another Everglades Order: you'll recall that he issued a pretty big ruling last fall with his decision to put the federal government and not the State...more

Trading In California’s Greenhouse Gas Allowances – Fraud’s New Frontier?

As part of California’s Cap and Trade Program, the Air Resources Board will issue will issue tradable permits (Greenhouse Gas (GHG) allowances) that authorize a permit holder to emit a specific quantity of GHGs. Entities...more

Pennsylvania Legislation Authorizing Counties to Levy Unconventional Gas Well Fee Signed Into Law

On February 14, 2012, Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Corbett, signed into law legislation (House Bill 1950) authorizing counties to impose a fee on persons holding permits to sever natural gas for sale, profit or...more

Pennsylvania Passes Marcellus Shale Unconventional Gas Well Fee

After much debate, and ultimately compromise, last night Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a bill that permits any of Pennsylvania's 67 counties to impose a fee on almost every natural gas-producing well drilled in...more

UK Land Remediation Relief - Spared the Axe

Following consultation, the UK Government has decided not to abolish land remediation relief (LRR) after all. This comes after a strong reaction from developers, who argued that it would render many brownfield...more

From Williamson Act Contracts to Solar Use Easements: New Law Offers Incentives to Meet California's Renewable Energy Goals

In April 2011, Governor Brown signed a bill requiring one-third of California's energy to be produced from renewable sources by December 31, 2020. This energy mandate has created a land rush, and developers and utilities are...more

Real Estate Development Advisory: Massachusetts Court Rules that an I/I "Fee" for Sewer Connections Is Actually an Ilegal Tax

More than $670,000 has been returned to developers of new properties in Saugus, thanks to a recent decision by the Massachusetts Superior Court. In Denver Street LLC v. Town of Saugus, the court ruled that the Town of Saugus...more

Environmental Impacts in Real Estate Valuation Litigation

This article from the New Jersey Law Journal summarizes the procedures utilized in valuing properties with environmental conditions in eminent domain and real estate tax appeal matters in New Jersey...more

Green Building Update - February 26, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *Green Building Survey Allen Matkins/CTG/Green Building Insider *Green Building Focus ..Green Buildings Forecasts to 2015' ..Analyst: Solar panel prices may fall by 40% ..30% tax credit for small wind...more

Green Building Update - October 30, 2008

In this issue: *LA implements new green building code Nov. 1st *Green Building Focus: ..Mayor's alliance and USGBC promote green schools ..Navitas Capital and Webcor form strategic green relationship *Michigan...more

Green Building Update - October 24, 2008

In this issue: *California releases draft 'Scoping Plan' for AB 32 *Green Building Focus: ..Green Tax Incentives in $700B Economic Stabilization Act ..Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings *19 cities in California have...more

Green Building Update - October 17, 2008

In this issue: *San Jose adopts mandatory green building standards *Green Building Focus: ..Economic stabilization package includes energy tax credits ..Report: Green building is growing despite down...more

Green Building Update - October 1 , 2008

In this issue: *U.S. House kills Senate Bill to extend solar tax credits *USGBC awards $2 million in research grants *DOE awards $15 million as part of Net-Zero *Venture Capital interested in Green...more

Green Building Update - May 28, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *San Francisco Bay area passes carbon tax *GREEN BUILDING FOCUS ..Kraft Foods and ProLogis announce world's largest LEED-CI gold certified distribution center *San Francisco's proposed green building...more

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