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Trump Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

On Tuesday, May 23, the White House released the President's fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget, launching a contentious and consequential debate that is expected to last through the end of the fiscal year and possibly beyond....more

Top environmental developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

The Trump administration has made it clear that it will seek to eliminate environmental regulations that it sees as imposing an unjustified economic burden. As is often the case when control of the federal government changes...more

Water Act a “WIIN” for Infrastructure

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Last month, in a strong display of bipartisanship in an otherwise tense post-election political climate, Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (“WIIN” or the “Act”). President Obama signed...more

Washington, D.C. Update – December 2016

by Baker Donelson on

With the last-minute passage of a Continuing Resolution (CR) to stave off a government shutdown, the 114th Congress has come to an end. When Congress returns in January, it will be faced with a number of immediate challenges,...more

Autumn Statement – Greening Public Finance

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Autumn Statement (the Statement) highlighted sustainability of public finance as key to securing a strong and stable economy for the UK. The need to prioritise longer-term sustainability schemes over short-term economic...more

Brexit State Aid Implications

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

State aid control is unusual internationally. State aid is entirely a matter of EU law and is administered by the EU. Unlike other areas of competition law, such as antitrust and merger control, there are no national rules or...more

Draft Released of Highly Anticipated Massachusetts Energy Bill

This week a draft of the long-awaited Massachusetts energy bill was reported out of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. The bill would require the Commonwealth’s distribution companies to...more

FAST Act Expedites Permitting and Environmental Review for Large Infrastructure Projects

by K&L Gates LLP on

Expedited permitting and environmental review for complex infrastructure projects may soon be a reality. Buried at the end of its most recent transportation reauthorization package (the “FAST Act” or “Act”) is a significant...more

Will FAST Act Make Permitting Faster? Streamlining Offered for Infrastructure Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The new federal highway funding legislation, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 4, 2015, provides long-term funding certainty for surface transportation...more

The Demise of the Illiana Expressway: Another Court Rejects Development Modeling Projections

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

While it may go down as a classic case of “bad facts making bad law,” last week’s ruling rejecting the government’s NEPA analysis for the controversial Illiana Expressway is the just the latest in a disturbing trend for large...more

New Executive Order on Federal Sustainability Promotes Responsible Government Procurement Policies

In March, President Obama issued Executive Order 13693, “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” It replaces and updates a number of Executive Orders and Memorandums, most notably replacing Executive Order...more

Legislature Approves $1 Billion Drought Relief Legislation; Governor Brown Expected to Sign

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

California Legislature Enacts Bill Package on Drought - On Thursday March 26, 2015, the California Legislature adopted legislation which it describes as allocating approximately $1 billion to emergency drought relief...more

Water Supply and Infrastructure Bond to be Placed on November Ballot

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

If Passed, Funding Available for Local Water Projects - How public agencies seek funding for water quality and storage projects will be impacted if voters approve the state water bond measure passed by the Legislature...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2014

by Mintz Levin on

In This Issue: - Despite Hurdles, U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Poised for Growth - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of...more

House And Senate Pass FY 2015 NDAA Legislation With Conflicting Biofuels Provisions

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services passed versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 that included starkly different...more

Farm Bill Conference Report Contains Significant Funding for Rural Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

On January 27 the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released the long-awaited conference report of the 2014 Farm Bill. This five-year reauthorization is estimated to cost $950 billion over ten years...more

President Obama’s New Memorandum on Federal Agency Use of Renewable Energy and Energy Management

by Reed Smith on

On December 5, 2013, President Obama issued a memorandum establishing (1) a new goal for federal agencies’ use of renewable energy and (2) new energy management directives (Memorandum). By fiscal year 2020, the Memorandum...more

New Laws Affecting Public Agencies in California

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A Recap of BB&K Legal Alerts & Articles - During the 2013 legislative session, Gov. Brown signed into law new legislation affecting California public agencies, most of which will go into effect in less than six weeks....more

TIFIA Joint Program Office to Move?

by Nossaman LLP on

In addition to taking testimony from public agency project sponsors and industry leaders during the July 24, 2013 oversight hearing on TIFIA conducted by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the Committee...more

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