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Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Solicits Comments

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced the availability of the Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology (“Methodology”). ADEQ is providing a 30 day public comment....more

Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Arkadelphia, Arkansas Asphalt Roofing Manufacturing Facility...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Siplast, Inc. (“SI”) entered into a September 29th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of an air permit. See LIS No. 17-077. SI...more

9th Edition Massachusetts State Building Code Approved With Concurrency Period

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The long-awaited 9th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code has been approved by the Massachusetts State Board of Building Regulations and Standards and filed with the Secretary of State, to become effective on...more

Can I Park Here? Second Department Takes the Driver’s Seat in Recent Parking Cases

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Last month, the Appellate Division, Second Department, issued two interesting opinions concerning parking. One involved a parking variance and the other involved a restrictive covenant....more

Court Declines to Vacate Environmental Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline, Permitting Oil to Flow during Remand

On October 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia declined to vacate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) Environmental Assessment (“EA”) of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the agency...more

Dieselgate: Bringing a Face to Scandal Impacting Volkswagen Owners

A Volkswagen manager pleaded guilty to conspiracy and violating the Clean Air Act and could get seven years in prison. A Volkswagen engineer who agreed to testify against the Volkswagen manager was sentenced to three years in...more

Fast Ferry Service to Seattle: An Encouraging First Step Toward Regional Growth

Seattle is geographically constrained by a narrow peninsula between Lake Washington and Elliott Bay. Growth can be painful when you have to fight your geography, as Seattle has done for over 100 years. However, new and...more

Newark Residential Developers: New Affordable Housing Requirement May Cost You

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Developers of new residential projects in Newark may need to factor in affordable housing following the Newark City Council’s recent adoption of a zoning ordinance requiring most future residential development projects...more

The Clean Growth Strategy - Government releases its strategy for a low carbon future

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 October the Government released its latest strategy to promote “clean growth” in the UK. It sees clean growth as growing the UK’s national income, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate...more

Fish and Wildlife Service Makes 12-Month Findings, Denies ESA Protections for 25 Species

by Nossaman LLP on

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (“Service”) announced 12-month “not warranted” findings on petitions to list 25 species as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). It...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #2

EPA Moves to Repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan Coal Regs - "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is moving to scrap the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's signature...more

Waters of the United States/Proposed Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules: Arkansas Commenters

Thousands of comments have been submitted in regards to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers (collectively “Agencies”) July 27th, 2017 proposed rule titled: Waters...more

City Passes New Affordable Housing Requirements in Three Pilot Zones

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On October 11th, the Chicago City Council passed two ordinances creating three new Affordable Requirements Ordinance zones. The new requirements eliminate the option to pay an in-lieu fee in the pilot zones, and require...more

Gordie Howe Bridge Moves One Step Closer

by Clark Hill PLC on

The owners of the existing Ambassador Bridge lost one of their many arguments in Wayne County Circuit Court. The owners of the Ambassador Bridge, entities controlled by the Maroun family, have raised many objections to the...more

Los cambios propuestos en las regulaciones de adquisiciones pueden facilitar las P3

by Bilzin Sumberg on

El condado de Miami-Dade, la jurisdicción más grande del sur de la Florida, está evaluando actualmente asociaciones público-privadas (P3) para varios proyectos de infraestructura importantes. Estos incluyen mejoras...more

Urban Agricultural Incentive Zones Act Extended

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

On September 27, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed an extension of the Urban Agricultural Incentive Zones Act. Rather than sunsetting on January 1, 2019, the Act now extends until January 1, 2029....more

Conservation Commission Retains Authority to Regulate under Stricter Local Law Despite MassDEP Superseding Order of Conditions

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a Superseding Order of Conditions issued by the MassDEP under the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA) does not divest a municipal Conservation Commission from all authority to...more

Superior Court Decision Raises the Bar For Municipalities Seeking to Challenge Special Permits And Other Zoning Actions Taken By...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Massachusetts Superior Court has ruled that a municipality lacks standing to challenge a special permit issued by a neighboring town when the alleged harm is “too speculative and remote to qualify them as ‘aggrieved...more

Playground Permanently Dedicated and Used As a Public Park Earns Massachusetts Constitutional Protections of Article 97

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has reinterpreted the test for determining whether municipal parklands are protected by article 97 of the Amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution. This decision means that more...more

Zoning-Immune Government Building Retains Its Protected Status Upon Transfer to Private Party

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently clarified whether formerly zoning-immune government buildings continue to considered lawfully noncompliant with local zoning when that immunity is terminated. In Gund v. Planning Bd....more

Arizona Supreme Court Clarifies Area Variance Standard; Property Owners May Obtain an Area Variance When Special Circumstances...

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Pawn 1st v. City of Phoenix, the Arizona Supreme Court rejected a Court of Appeals rule that would have unduly restrained alienation of property in Arizona. The Court of Appeals found that the City of Phoenix Board of...more

Court Supports Expansive View of What Constitutes Religious Use

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Courts have recently expanded what constitutes religious conduct. In particular, in Matter of Sullivan v. Board of Zoning Appeals of City of Albany, 144 A.D. 3d 1480 (3d Dep’t 2016), an appellate court ruled that the use of a...more

Protecting Purchasers in Commercial Property Transactions

by Snell & Wilmer on

Congratulations! Your company just bought a large commercial property to manufacture its widgets. Unfortunately, you just received a notice from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) that the previous owner...more

Water Banks: Why You May Need One

Water banks are not new — they have been around a long time. Water banking is a practice used to effectively manage water supplies throughout Western states. Water banking has long been used to solve water issues ranging from...more

California’s Countdown to Legal Cannabis: Facing Regulatory and Permitting Uncertainty

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As of January 1, 2018, it will be legal for adults in California to buy and sell cannabis for recreational purposes. That’s the simple version. But as is true for virtually every other “legal” enterprise in the state, the...more

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