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Washington Adopts Measure to Speed Environmental Cleanups

In the space of only 36 hours, the Washington Legislature resurrected, and the governor signed into law, a bill that changes the way the Washington Model Toxics Control Act (“MTCA”) provides funding for cleanups at contaminated…more

| Environmental Law, Toxic Torts, Real Estate - Commercial

Opportunities and Risks in Green Buildings -- Be careful not to overstate...

Adopting green business practices in a challenging economy may seem like a luxury, but some tactics, such as reducing a commercial building’s energy usage, actually can save money and make a business more competitive. Problems,…more

| Administrative Law, Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental...

Green Roads Are Not an Oxymoron

At first glance, the phrase “green road” might seem like a contradiction in terms. After all, what else is a road but a conveyance for greenhouse gas emitting vehicles? But with nearly four million miles of public roads in the…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Transportation, Zoning, Planning...

British Columbia Carbon Tax Four Years On

The fourth anniversary of British Columbia’s carbon tax — the only one of its kind in North America – was marked with an increase on July 1 that raises the tax on gasoline a penny per litre to 6.67 cents ($0.25 per gallon). The…more

| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

West Coast Electric Highway Goes East

To date most of the focus on the West Coast Electric Highway has been on the series of DC fast charge stations situated along I-5 between the British Columbia and California borders, but now there’s an eastern component along…more

| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law,...

What Does an EV Fire in China Say About Safety?

A recent item in the China Daily headlined “Concerns on electric cars after fiery crash” is making the rounds on Twitter, but should be read with a large grain of salt given the details of the accident that triggered the…more

| Consumer Protection, Environmental Law

US Supreme Court Rules Property Owners May Sue the EPA Over a Wetlands...

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that two Idaho property owners may bring a legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) issuance of an administrative order that required the…more

| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Environmental Law,...

European Union Court Stays Course on Airline Emissions Rules

The Court of Justice for the European Union has ruled that airlines operating in and out of EU countries must comply with the union’s rules for greenhouse gas emissions starting January 1, 2012. In a decision that was presaged…more

| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International...

The Western Climate Initiative is Dead, Long Live the WCI

The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) has quietly ended its nearly four-year experiment with a regional economy-wide cap and trade scheme. Arizona announced its formal withdrawal from the WCI, and five other states have done so…more

| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities,...

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