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Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Automobiles: EPA Announces That No Adjustments to the Standards for Model...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) yesterday announced its proposed determination that greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for light-duty vehicles (LDVs) manufactured in model years (MYs)...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. voters approve billions for transit and green space - Urban Land - Dec 1 - In November, voters across the U.S. endorsed numerous state and local ballot measures...more

In Effort to Increase Both Transparency and Safety, PHMSA Releases Civil Penalty Framework

The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) issued a General Policy Statement for civil penalties (“Penalty Framework”) on October 17, 2016. The Penalty Framework...more

On Track: Infrastructure Elements of Ontario’s 2016 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review

On November 14, 2016, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, titled “Building Ontario Up for Everyone” (Update). This bulletin focuses on those elements of...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Kaiser Permanente buys 110 MW of solar - Solar Industry Magazine - Nov 10 - Taking another step toward achieving its goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2025, Kaiser...more

Wait, How Many Trucks? Ash Pond Closure by Removal

Utilities around the country have developed preliminary closure plans for surface impoundments storing coal ash, gypsum, and other coal combustion residuals (CCR). Some ash ponds are already in the process of closing. To...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: November 2016 #1

New Study Finds $6.7 Billion of Private Investment Along Foothill Gold Line - According to a new study, the extension of the light rail line east of Los Angeles, known as the Foothill Gold Line, has attracted billions...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - November 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - Cities sue FAA over new flight plans - Los Angeles Times - Oct 27 - Citing concerns about the potential for increased aircraft noise and pollution, Newport Beach officials...more

US designates alternative fuel corridors for transportation

U.S. federal highway administrators have announced the designation of 55 routes as "alternative fuel" corridors, capable of accommodating electric vehicles or those powered by hydrogen, propane, or natural gas. The...more

Transportation CO2 Surpasses Power Sector CO2: Good News or Bad?

Last week, DOE announced that transportation sector CO2 emissions in the US exceeded power sector CO2 emissions for the first time since 1978. Why? The combination of increasing vehicle miles traveled in the transportation...more

Aboveground Storage Tank Act: Compliance Challenges Since August 1, 2016 [Video]

Spilman Environmental Law attorneys Mark Clark and David Yaussy present a webinar in which they shared enforcement and compliance challenges they have seen since August 1, 2016, the effective date of the Aboveground Storage...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Septiembre - Información con énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje...

Durante el mes de Septiembre destacan los siguientes temas: Contenido Nacional, Comercio, Inversión Extranjera, Normalización, Competencia, Medio Ambiente, Subvenciones, Prácticas Desleales, Servicios Transporte Aéreo, ISDS....more

The FAA’s New Drone Regulations

The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or, colloquially, drones) is becoming more prolific. In the oil and gas context, drones can play a key role in conducting risky oilfield operations. The uses for drones in the...more

Obama’s Not Slowing Down On Cuba: New Steps Forward Open Doors (and Humidors!) for Collaboration

With fewer than 100 days left in office, President Obama is not slowing down on his efforts to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba. Today, several changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and...more

Developments in aircraft and marine finance for 2016

As is the case with other transportation assets, the legal considerations for aircraft and vessel finance providers (FPs) include an amalgam of state, federal and international laws. Summarized below are some of the more...more

PHMSA Implements New Emergency Safety Authority Effective Immediately

On October 3, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced an Interim Final Rule (IFR) establishing when and how it will issue Emergency Orders to address imminent safety hazards across...more

First ever global regime for aviation emissions: ICAO adopts Global Market-Based Measure to combat aircraft CO2 emissions

On Friday, 7th October the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) passed a resolution (the ICAO Resolution), resolving to implement the world’s first global regime for combatting CO2...more

PHMSA Implements Authority to Issue Emergency Orders

Interim Final Rule allows the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to respond immediately to unsafe conditions or practices that pose an imminent hazard to public health and safety or to the...more

Four New California Cap and Trade Bills Fund Programs

$900 million in appropriations for fiscal year 2016-17 - With California’s cap and trade program suffering from legal challenges, decreasing auction revenue and general criticism of the program’s effectiveness, Gov....more

A look ahead to the 2017 Legislative Session

With five weeks left before the November 8 election, the state’s federal candidates and candidates for the 187 seats in the Connecticut General Assembly are courting voters during what has turned out to be a contentious...more

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond

After closing the book on the formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers have turned their attention to the November election. The Senate and House of Representatives convene in informal sessions for the remainder of...more

Aviation emissions – new global deal looks likely

Government officials are negotiating a market-based mechanism to reduce emissions in the international aviation industry. Ministers from over 190 countries have gathered at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - California school district to save millions - Solar Industry Magazine - Sep 29 - The Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) in California and SunPower Corp. have announced...more

New FAA Statutes and Rules for Commercial Drone Operations Will Benefit Utilities

The new Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) rules (or Part 107) governing the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (also known as drones or sUAS) took effect on August 29, 2016. The utility and energy...more

DOE Hosts Alternative Aviation Fuels Workshop, New LUC Emissions Research Discussed

On September 14-15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hosted a two-day workshop with lead experts on aviation biofuels exploring opportunities to increase competitiveness of alternative jet fuels. The Alternative...more

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