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Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, August 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) addresses new chemical notifications and, as such, is chemical innovation’s regulatory gatekeeper. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act...more

Has President Trump Done More to Further the Paris Climate Agreement than President Obama?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A little over a week ago, the Trump administration finally documented President Trump’s previously stated intention to withdraw United States support from the Paris climate change agreement in an official notice delivered to...more

The New Administration’s Efforts to Deconstruct the Obama Climate Initiatives

by Sullivan & Worcester on

President Trump is spearheading a government-wide roll back of Obama Era climate initiatives. The president and his EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, have delivered a one-two punch. They both have denied the impact of human...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 21

by Clark Hill PLC on

US Budget Deficit Narrowed to $42.9 Billion in July: The federal budget deficit fell sharp­ly in July from a year earlier, largely because of a quirk in the calendar. The U.S. Treasury Department said that the budget gap came...more

Texas’ 2017 Environmental Legislation Summary

The Texas Legislature meets every two years, and, as befits a large state with varied interest and concerns, typically enacts hundreds of new laws during these sessions. The 85th Regular Session of the Legislature has...more

Environmental Enforcement Penalties Are Down Under the Trump Administration

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

Yesterday, the Environmental Integrity Project released a report finding that in the first sixth months of the Trump administration, the federal government has collected 60% less in civil penalties in environmental...more

California Attempts to Fill the Clean Water Act Breach - State Water Board Issues Revised Rule for Definition of Wetlands and...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Although the federal government under the Trump Administration is stepping back from regulations under the Clean Water Act (CWA) – see President Donald Trump's Executive Orderand proposed federal rule – the state of...more

The Trump Administration Delivers Much Needed Relief to the Coal Industry

by Snell & Wilmer on

During the first six months of the new Administration, President Trump has delivered much needed relief to the coal industry. The President and Congress have been particularly effective at rolling back policies proposed at...more

Appeals Court Thwarts Trump Effort to Stall Implementation of Methane Rules

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Although the fight remains ongoing, a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately enforce Obama-era rules intended to reduce emissions from new oil and gas...more

Nye muligheder for danske virksomheder i Japan

by DLA Piper on

Asien som fortaler for frihandel og globalisering - Amerikanske protektionistiske udmeldinger imødegås nu af stigende asiatiske ønsker om frihandel og globalisering. Da Kinas præsident Xi Jinping talte til topmødet, World...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Power M&A loses its spark

by White & Case LLP on

A slew of blocked deals has caused a hesitant environment for deals within the utilities space, while the renewables sector offers an attractive alternative - The power sector is in a state of flux. While traditional firms...more

Trump Track: WOTUS Washington Two-Step

The Trump Administration has begun rulemaking to undo the controversial rule defining “waters of the United States” or WOTUS. In the July 27 Federal Register, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly announced that it is...more

California Extends Cap-and-Trade Through 2030

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 25, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation extending the state’s cap-and-trade program through 2030. The signing ceremony for Assembly Bill (AB) 398 included former California Governor Arnold...more

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency Proposal to Rescind "Waters of the United States" Regulatory...

by Clark Hill PLC on

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a process for replacing the Obama administration's 2015 promulgation of a revised regulatory definition of "waters of the United States."...more

Clean Water Rule Rollback Formally Begins

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE, and collectively with EPA, the Agencies) published a proposed rule to rescind the current version of the rule,...more

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Solicits Comments under E.O. 13777 "Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda"

by Clark Hill PLC on

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ("Corps") announced that it is soliciting comments on existing regulations that should be considered for repeal, replacement, or modification pursuant to the President's Executive Order 13777....more

EPA’s Regulatory Agenda Lists Proposed and Final Pesticide Rulemakings

On July 20, 2017, the Trump Administration released its 2017 Unified Regulatory Agenda. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Agency Rule List included several pesticide rulemakings in the proposed rule stage, as...more

Trump Track: Environmental Policy Changes

While the Trump Administration has struggled overall to develop and implement coherent policies, the Administration has had some success in the environmental sphere. Through a series of presidential memoranda, executive...more

House Passes Appropriations Package, Including Energy & Water

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On Thursday, July 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act of 2018, by a vote of 235 -192. The package includes the individual appropriations bills for Military...more

California Governor Signs Climate Change Law Extending the Cap-And-Trade Program Until 2030

by Holland & Knight LLP on

AB 398 passed in both the California State Senate and Assembly with a two-thirds majority of bipartisan lawmakers. It received support from businesses and environmental advocates alike. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill...more

EPA and Army Corps Propose Reinstating Longstanding WOTUS Definition - Step One in a Two-Step Process to Rescind and Revise the...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers published a proposed rule that re-codifies a decades-old definition of “waters of the United States,” which are waterbodies that are subject to...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 19

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Passes Spending Bill That Includes Over $1 Billion in Border-Wall Funding: The House passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court ruling bolsters bullet train foes - ABC News - Jul 27 - Federal law does not completely preempt application of California’s strict environmental...more

EIB Energy Highlights: New FERC Chair, Offshore Drilling-NC Says “No,” Atlantic Coast Pipeline EIS, Clean Air & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy...more

Changes to RES Act in Poland

by Dentons on

On 28 June 2017, a draft amendment to the Act of 20 February 2015 on renewable energy sources (the RES Act) and the Act of 20 May 2016 on wind energy investments (the Distance Act) was published. The draft amendment (Proposed...more

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