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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

Fourth District Affirms Judgment Rejecting Numerous CEQA Challenges to EIR and Approval Process for Large Master-Planned Riverside...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a 46-page opinion filed February 14 and ordered published on March 15, 2017, the Fourth District Court of Appeal rejected numerous CEQA challenges to Riverside County’s approval of an EIR for Specific Plan 380, a 200-acre...more

Appellate Court Rejects CEQA Claims on Project Modifications Made After Final EIR Published

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California's Fourth District Court of Appeal has provided useful guidance on processing requirements for environmental review documents prepared under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when project modifications...more

Arbitrator disagrees that grievor’s interference with air quality test was a deliberate act of sabotage and replaces termination...

by Dentons on

In this recent Alberta arbitration case, the employer had been dealing with safety issues involving excessive carbon monoxide levels. Carbon monoxide readings in the employer’s facility were often beyond the regulatory levels...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Southern California regulators approve smog plan with tougher refinery rules, voluntary measures for goods movement facilities - Los Angeles Times - Mar 3 - The South...more

FERC Issues Updated Guidance Manual for Environmental Report Preparation Under the Natural Gas Act

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an update to its Guidance Manual for Environmental Report Preparation for Applications Filed Under the Natural Gas Act. The updated guidance follows a Notice...more

"Legislative, Regulatory and Judicial Challenges to the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards"

President Donald Trump has expressed a strong opposition to many federal environmental regulatory programs and the work of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during Barack Obama's presidency. His nominee for EPA...more

What’s Happening at the EPA This Week — and What Does It Mean?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Trump administration is barely a week and a half old, and its intention regarding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority and oversight has been a hot topic. Here is an update about what we know — and what we...more

Court Judgment Demands More from the UK Government to Tackle Air Pollution

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The UK will need to revisit its strategy to improve air quality following a recent court judgment determining that the Government’s existing plans are insufficient. With air pollution reportedly responsible for 9,500...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - November 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump victory reverses U.S. energy and environmental priorities - Washington Post - Nov 9 - Donald J. Trump comes into office with a plan to toss out most of what...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Species may be listed as threatened based on climate change projections, court says - Los Angeles Times - Oct 24 - Federal authorities may list a species as “threatened”...more

U.S. EPA Issues Revisions to Hazardous Waste Generator Rule, To Be Finalized in October 2016

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published proposed revisions to Hazardous Waste Generator regulations in September 2015. The public comment for the proposed revisions closed at the end of December 2015 and the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - SoCal air board proposes stricter regulations for smog-reduction plan - Los Angeles Times - Oct 7 - The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) released a...more

Worker entitled to asbestos records for government building he worked in, but not list of employees in building

by Dentons on

A worker was entitled to asbestos records for the government building he worked in. However, he was not entitled to a list of government employees who worked in the building and therefore who may have been exposed to...more

Southern California Environmental Update #2

by Stoel Rives LLP on

This is the second update on environmental regulatory and legal developments in Los Angeles and adjacent counties, as well as the Southern San Joaquin Valley. We welcome your comments and feedback....more

The Clean Air Act Creates a Nightmare for Yuma County

by Snell & Wilmer on

We have all heard, and likely even experienced its meaning on numerous occasions, the old adage of being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Finding oneself in this position is most unpleasant as it means there are no...more

Court Rejects NEPA, Section 4(f) Challenges to Arizona South Mountain Freeway Project

by Nossaman LLP on

In a decision of national importance to the transportation community, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona rejected National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenges and Section 4(f) challenges to the 22-mile...more

Green Bonds: Green Striping to Fuel China’s Green Economy?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China has become the world’s largest green bond market, with green bonds issued in the first half of 2016 reaching 75 billion yuan (US$11 billion), 33% of the world total. This figure is approximately two percent of the total...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - BNSF to appeal ruling blocking California rail yard - Wall Street Journal - Aug 2 - BNSF Railway Co. and the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday appealed a court ruling against...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Metropolitan Water District completes $175-million purchase of Delta islands - Los Angeles Times - Jul 18 - Metropolitan Water District (MWD) this Monday completed the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - South Coast AQMD plan would fight smog mainly through incentives, not rules - Los Angeles Times - Jun 30 - The South Coast Air Quality Management District's draft Air Quality...more

Shanghai Set to Improve Air Quality Ahead of G20 Summit

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In advance of the first ever G20 summit to be hosted in China this year, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau issued a revised, short-term air quality plan to improve local air conditions ahead of the summit. China...more

New LA Ordinances “Clean Up, Green Up” Industry in Residential “Toxic Hotspot” Neighborhoods

On June 4, 2016, two new Los Angeles ordinances will go into effect under the Clean Up, Green Up (CUGU) initiative. The initiative aims to improve air quality and residential quality of life in areas with high concentrations...more

Stay in your Lane: Three Recent, Significant Rulings Enforce State and Federal Separation of Powers

Builders and contractors may be interested to learn that, in the past few days, the Supreme Courts of Texas capitoland Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit have issued significant rulings addressing the...more

Preparing for the Future – SCAG Adopts 2016 RTP/SCS

by Nossaman LLP on

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation’s largest regional planning agency and is governed by an 86-member Regional Council, made up of elected officials from among the six counties and 191...more

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