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Federal Appellate Court Stays Initial Date for Meeting New Ballast Water Discharge Limits – But Only for Canadian Shipowners...

On April 9, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted a stay of the January 1, 2014 deadline for installation of ballast water treatment technology required by the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

EPA issues draft permits for carbon sequestration

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the first draft permits for injecting and storing carbon dioxide in underground rock formations, which could advance carbon capture and sequestration efforts. ...more

Draft Regulations Would Dramatically Expand Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have presented a draft of joint regulations under the Clean Water Act to the Office of Management and Budget for an internal governmental review. While the...more

Texas Environmental Update - December 20, 2013

Mexican Federal Congress Approves Important Constitutional Energy Reform Bill - Energy Legal Blog, December 13, 2013 - As we previously reported, on August 12, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto...more

Low Impact Development’s Supersized Stamp on California Storm Water Regulation

Without much fanfare, low impact development (“LID”) practices have become a dominant trend in federal and California storm water regulation. The California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) and the Regional...more

Texas Proposes New GHG Emissions Rules

In response to the standoff between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Texas over EPA’s promulgation of new rules regulating stationary-source greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Texas Legislature...more

What You Need To Know About EPA’s New Stormwater Permit

In late September, just before the government shutdown, EPA released its draft “Multi-Sector General Permit” (MSGP) for stormwater discharges from industrial sources. The MSGP is important for two reasons. First, it is the...more

Capital Thinking: Energy

Legal Activity - Supreme Court Sets Up Limited EPA Greenhouse Gas Challenge - On Tuesday, October 15, the Supreme Court granted and consolidated six petitions for certiori to hear a limited appeal of the...more

US Supreme Court Appears Ready to Address GHG Issue Left Unresolved by Court of Appeals

On October 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the challenge to EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations. The Court consolidated six different appeals from the decision of the United States Court of Appeals...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Rules for Stationary Sources

Earlier today, the Supreme Court announced that it would review the EPA’s decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as power plants and industrial facilities. The Court granted certiorari...more

Envirnomental Regulatory Update: Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy - Volume 32, Issue 3 - October 2013

Oil and Gas Update - Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations - Bureau of Land Management: On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed...more

EPA Seeks Rehearing in Major Clean Air Act Case

Last week, EPA filed a petition for rehearing in United States v. Midwest Generation, LLC, 720 F.3d 644 (7th Cir. July 8, 2013) (filed September 3). This petition, which argues that the government is not barred by the...more

More on the Permit Shield Defense: A Permittee Is — Gasp — Entitled to Rely on Regulations and Permits Issued by Delegated State...

Late last month, we noted that a permittee may not rely on the permit shield defense unless it has clearly informed the permitting agency of the nature of its discharge. Now we see the flip side. In Wisconsin Resources...more

EPA Enters into the 21st Century with New Clean Water Act Reporting Requirements

Clean Water Act Discharge Permits to go Electronic - Since the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements were first adopted by EPA back in 1972, the program has undergone significant...more

California Regulators Examine Offshore Fracking

Regulators from the California Coastal Commission have opened an investigation into hydraulic fracturing after a recent Associated Press report that the practice has occurred offshore for the past two decades....more

We Still Don’t Need No Stinkin Cooperative Federalism: The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that GHG Sources Require PSD...

Last Friday, I posted about the limits to EPA’s cooperation with states in the name of “cooperative federalism” under the Clean Air Act. On the same day, in Texas v. EPA, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals only emphasized my...more

Illinois Hydraulic Fracking Bill Becomes Law

After a nearly unanimous vote by the Illinois legislature, on June 17, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act ("HFRA") into law. Citing the need for jobs in southern Illinois and the need to...more

Regulation in the Air: The Latest Federal & State Developments

It seems that new developments are always on the horizon in the world of the Clean Air Act and oil and gas development. Just over a year ago, on April 17, 2012, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”)...more

WVDEP Finalizes Changes to Natural Gas General Permits and Associated Regulations

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is in the midst of finalizing changes to general permits and rules in three (3) different areas pertaining to natural gas production and processing. These new...more

Court Allows EPA To Stop Ongoing Projects, Years After Permits Were Granted

In 2007, Mingo Logan Coal Company received a Clean Water Act permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discharge dredged or fill material from a mountain top coal mine in West Virginia into three...more

Business News Digest – May 2013

In this issue: - Does the SEC Like Social Media? Understanding the Application of Regulation FD to Social Media - NIST Holds First Workshop on Executive Order Cybersecurity Framework - Jumpstart Our...more

The EPA Reaches Back in Time: Appeals Court Allows Government to Veto 404 Permits Issued Years Earlier

Both public and private landowners have to obtain Section 404 discharge permits for the discharge of dredged materials from navigable waters. The Army Corps of Engineers is the permitting authority for the Section 404...more

New Stormwater Fees in Maryland

During the 2012 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 987, a bill which mandated that the ten separate EPA-licensed storm sewer system (“MS4”) jurisdictions in Maryland (Baltimore City and nine...more

Industry and Developers Affected by Changes to South Carolina’s General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction...

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has been delegated authority by the EPA to regulate stormwater discharges due to construction activities. An earlier 2006 General Permit is expiring...more

D.C. Appeals Court Says EPA May Revoke Fill Permit After It Has Been Issued

In addressing an important legal issue of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “veto” authority under Section 404(c) of the...more

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