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Manhattan March for Science

The March for Science in Manhattan was smaller than the January 2017 Women’s March in Washington, but large enough that the “entry point” for us was changed from 62nd Street to 64th and then to 68th Street as we moved up...more

ESA Round-Up – April 2017

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Despite a slow start to 2017, largely due to the White House Memorandum delaying the effective date of new regulations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is picking up steam.  In April 2017, the Service initiated...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...more

ML Strategies Alert - FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.3 billion budget for FY2018 that calls for increasing spending by 3.8 percent, or about $1.47 billion, above FY2017 levels. The spending increase is...more

Court Sends EPA Back to the Drawing Board on Temperature Limits in Oregon Waters

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On April 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon ruled on parties’ objections to a federal magistrate judge’s findings and recommendations in a case challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

California Court of Appeal Strikes Down CARB's Second Review of Low Carbon Fuel Standards - Decision Keeps LCFS Regulations in...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

POET, LLC v. State Air Resources Board (POET II) is the second chapter in the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) troubled history meeting its California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance obligations while also...more

Environmental and Energy Policy Round-Up: Status of Regulations and Key Decisions under the New Administration

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

There has been much discussion lately regarding the new Administration’s efforts to review and possibly “roll-back” several environmental and energy-related regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the...more

Top environmental developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

The Trump administration has made it clear that it will seek to eliminate environmental regulations that it sees as imposing an unjustified economic burden. As is often the case when control of the federal government changes...more

Final California Water Conservation Plan and Proposed Legislation Released - Urban Water Suppliers Face Far-Reaching Consequences

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Urban water suppliers would face significant new requirements under water conservation and drought resiliency legislation proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation, released in the form of budget trailer bill language...more

Pulling The Plug On The Clean Power Plan

by Bryan Cave on

On March 28th President Trump signed the Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (the “Executive Order”) signaling a sea change in the way that the executive branch will regulate industries and...more

Manatee Reclassified from Endangered to Threatened

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On April 5, 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued a final rule in the Federal Register reclassifying the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species...more

GHG Allowance Auctions are Not a Tax; Key Element of State’s Cap-and-Trade Program Upheld

California Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. California Air Resources Board, et al., Case No. C075930 (Cal. Ct. App. 3d. Dist., 2017). On April 6, the California Court of Appeal for the Third District issued its...more

Green Bonds – An Introduction

by White & Case LLP on

Since their introduction in 2007, Green Bonds issuances have exponentially increased in volume and have become part of the lexicon of environmental finance. Simply defined, Green Bonds raise funds for new and existing...more

Trump Administration’s Environmental Regulatory Reform Presents a Unique and Immediate Opportunity

by K&L Gates LLP on

Are your clients subject to burdensome environmental rules? If so, the time to act is now. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator Scott Pruitt has directed EPA to solicit recommendations for the rollback of...more

Acknowledging Climate Change But Limiting the Role of Science?

by Burr & Forman on

The past week was not a good one for the cause of science as it relates to environmental issues and may foreshadow what might be described as an Age of Un-enlightenment....more

The Plastic Bag Ban: How Does Rapidly Changing Environmental Regulation Impact Your Business’s Expansion?

“Disposable” plastic bags have become a ubiquitous element of retail shopping over the past several decades, with most consumers barely thinking about the volume or impact of their use and disposal. Thin plastic bags have...more

Type II Actions Will Be Expanded Under NYSDEC’S Proposed Changes To SEQRA Regulations

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) proposed significant changes to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) regulations almost 5 years ago. The NYSDEC recently indicated that...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News: March 2017

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Our March edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. If you enjoy learning about new technology as much as we...more

Trump's Skinny EPA Budget Could Have Far-Reaching Impacts

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 “skinny” budget, if enacted, would severely impact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, reducing its budget by nearly a third and cutting 20 percent of its staff. Indeed, the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #4

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Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S., in reversal, issues permit for Keystone oil pipeline - New York Times - Mar 24 - The Trump administration announced on Friday that it would issue a permit for...more

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Joins List of Endangered Species Despite Delay

by Nossaman LLP on

On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a final rule listing the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The rusty patched bumble...more

California Groundwater Pumpers May Be Subject to Proposed "State Intervention Fees" Under SGMA

by Nossaman LLP on

On March 8, 2017, the State Water Quality Control Board (“SWRCB”) released a draft emergency regulation that would impose new fees on some groundwater extractors. Written comments are due by Friday, April 7, 2017. The...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #3

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump’s budget proposal slashes EPA funding - Washington Post - Mar 16 - President Trump on Thursday released his budget plan for the next fiscal year, which proposes cutting the...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - February 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for February 2017. Commercial Law...more

Environmental deregulation under President Trump: Business as usual?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Trump Administration is expected to issue a high-profile executive order that seeks to eliminate a major Obama-era environmental measure, the Clean Power Plan....more

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