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Manhattan March for Science

The March for Science in Manhattan was smaller than the January 2017 Women’s March in Washington, but large enough that the “entry point” for us was changed from 62nd Street to 64th and then to 68th Street as we moved up...more

Bipartisan Senate Regulatory Accountability Act Adds Another Important Element to Reform Efforts

by Clark Hill PLC on

On April 26, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 that would codify several existing Executive Orders ("EO") and impose new requirements...more

EPA Pushes To Rewrite Controversial Waters Of U.S. Rule (WOTUS)

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Under the new leadership taking over in the Trump Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency is acting at an unusually swift pace for a federal regulator in its effort to totally revamp the Obama EPA’s controversial...more

Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP): Take Advantage of This Regulatory Reform Advocacy Opportunity

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 24, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.” Issuance of the EO, and the subsequent measures undertaken by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Recess Ends, Budget Negotiations Begin

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Minnesota Legislature returned from its break Tuesday, April 18 with five weeks to complete their work before May 22, the constitutionally mandated adjournment date. Most of the week was spent appointing conferees for...more

Trouble Ahead? Lobbying Underway to Prevent the Extension to the Industrial Emissions Directive

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) is the main EU instrument that regulates emissions from industrial installations (including power stations) and came into force on 6 January 2011. Its objective is to achieve a...more

Proposed Amendments to Cap-and-Trade Extension Bill Could Undermine Program

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On April 18, 2017, California Assembly Members Garcia, Holden, and Garcia proposed amendments to Assembly Bill No. 378 (AB 378) that are intended to extend but significantly reshape California’s Cap-and-Trade Program. This...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...more

EPA Requests Public Comments Recommending Regulations To Repeal, Replace, Or Modify By May 15, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On February 24, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” as part of the White House’s efforts to reduce federal regulatory burdens on business. Among other things, the...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - April 21, 2017 Vol. 1, Issue 5

by Clark Hill PLC on

White House Demands Disrupt Shutdown Negotiations: Congressional leaders' efforts to hatch a massive spending deal have been thrown off course by the Trump administration's 11th-hour intervention, leaving the bipartisan bill...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA emerges as major target after Trump solicits policy advice from industry - Washington Post - Apr 16 - Just days after taking office, President Trump invited American...more

EPA Doubles Down on Regulatory Reform Outreach, But is More Necessarily Better?

by Clark Hill PLC on

EPA continues to create mechanisms for stakeholders to use in submitting rule candidates for repeal, replacement, or modification, in implementation of the Trump Administration's regulatory reform Executive Orders (see...more

ML Strategies Alert - FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.3 billion budget for FY2018 that calls for increasing spending by 3.8 percent, or about $1.47 billion, above FY2017 levels. The spending increase is...more

"President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint: Takeaways for Infrastructure Investors"

On March 16, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget released “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” (the Blueprint), which outlines the Trump administration’s discretionary funding proposals for...more

Environmental and Energy Policy Round-Up: Status of Regulations and Key Decisions under the New Administration

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

There has been much discussion lately regarding the new Administration’s efforts to review and possibly “roll-back” several environmental and energy-related regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the...more

Updates to Energy Related Bills in the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In our first post, the Stoel Rives’ Energy Team provided a summary of energy related bills introduced by California legislators during the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Provided below is a summary of...more

OMB Guidance Weakens President Trump’s Executive Order on Deregulation

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently released a guidance document on the subject of President Trump’s January 30, 2017 executive order, EO 13771, titled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Cost.” ...more

Burdens and Regulations Under Review at EPA (Updated)

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The internal memorandum from Administrator Pruitt to his senior staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) was recently released to the press. The memo provides the road map for implementing Executive Order...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

In a First-Ever Move, EPA Asks Industry and Public What Agency Regulations to Repeal, Replace or Modify

On April 13, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments on any “regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.” This...more

How the President’s Executive Order Will Affect U.S. Oil, Natural Gas and Coal Industries

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald Trump’s recently signed Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (the Order) includes significant revisions to the regulatory landscape both (1) directly in the case of oil and...more

EPA Seeks Input on Regulations to be Repealed, Replaced, or Modified

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Trump Administration issued its most recent major Executive Order ("EO") on regulatory reform on February 24, EO 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Agenda. That directive added structural and enforcement mechanisms to a...more

Local Government in the Crosshairs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While Washington’s promise of a trillion dollar infrastructure program is providing a distraction, a closer examination reveals localities and local infrastructure are under attack across the board. The assault on local...more

President Trump’s Executive Order Withdraws the Social Cost of Carbon

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On March 28, 2017 President Trump issued an executive order that seeks to completely reverse the Obama Administration’s climate policies. Executive Order 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth signals a...more

A Closer Look at President Trump's Executive Order on Energy Independence

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump's Executive Order (EO) entitled "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth" is a broad directive accomplishing a number of the Trump Administration's energy-related priorities....more

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