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Seeking clearer waters? EPA aims to clarify federal jurisdiction in the new "Waters of the United States" rule

On May 27, 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a final rule, "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States'" (the Rule). The Rule, which becomes...more

A Watershed Moment for Business, Industry, and Agriculture: EPA Releases Final Clean Water Rule

On May 27, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") and Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a final rule clarifying what bodies of water are subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water...more

Controversial New Clean Water Rule Unlikely to Significantly Change Regulatory Status Quo

On May 27, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly issued their long-expected and much-debated rule defining which waters are protected by the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). In announcing the rule, President Obama...more

EPA/Corps Adopt “Waters of the U.S.” Rule: What’s Next?

Wednesday, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers released a prepublication version of the final rule defining “waters of the United States,” the jurisdictional trigger under the Clean Water Act. The term needs defining because...more

U.S. House Passes Bill to Revise Corps and EPA Definition of “Waters of the United States”

On May 12, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1732, which requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to withdraw the proposed rule published in the Federal...more

“One Shelf, One Standard” Continues to Evolve – USCG Issues Final Rule Regarding Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations

The United States Coast Guard (“USCG”), continuing its “One Shelf, One Standard” approach to regulating the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”) recently issued a Final Rule enacting new regulations governing electrical equipment...more

Corps Issues New Compensatory Mitigation Guidelines for California

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division, has issued its “Final 2015 Regional Compensatory Mitigation and Monitoring Guidelines.” The Guidelines will apply in the Corps’ San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles,...more

Real Estate Title Review: Don’t Miss These Stealth Restrictions

In many cities, urban growth now fills the farmland that once surrounded Navy and Air Force airfields. Real estate development and finance near Navy and Air Force runways, however, requires special attention to a special set...more

DENR to Issue Siting Permits for Wind Energy Facilities

In April, I posted a discussion of the background of proposed legislation (HB 484 and SB 491) concerning the siting of wind energy facilities in North Carolina. In particular, the legislature was responding to concerns about...more

Siting Wind Energy Facilities in North Carolina

The North Carolina legislature is now considering proposed legislation (SB 491/HB 484) under which the siting of "Wind Energy Facilities,” otherwise known as wind turbine farms and the supporting infrastructure, would be...more

Recent Developments in DOD’s Renewable Energy Programs

While August is generally quiet in Washington, D.C., so far this month, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has made progress on two on-going efforts to secure power from renewable energy facilities, and has initiated a...more

2012 Florida Legislation Amending Florida Growth Management Laws Including 2011 Florida Community Planning Act

Last December, we wrote on the constitutional challenge made by the Town of Yankeetown, Florida, to portions of the Florida Community Planning Act with the resulting settlement which included proposed legislation that would...more

Green Building Update - December 12, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *First LEED Platinum hanger unveiled *Green Building Focus ..Army discloses its carbon footprint *S.C.Edison starts first of 150 solar projects *Enterprise invested $9 billion in green housing *Napa...more

Green Building Update - May 14, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Greensburg, Kansas, rebuilds as a wind-powered city *Green Building Focus ..Alternative Water Sources: Supply-Side Solutions for Green Buildings *Fort Hood, Texas, to become first army installation to...more

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