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Jones Act Waiver Granted in Response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: On September 8, 2017, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Elaine Duke granted a seven-day waiver of the Jones Act in the interest of national defense. The waiver was issued to...more

A New Arrival Threatens Mexico’s Tourism Industry: Tropical Storm Lidia

by Zelle LLP on

Tropical Storm Lidia may be in the shadows of the extensive Hurricane Harvey coverage, but it is certainly nothing to ignore. While news of the floods and devastation in Texas dominate the media outlets, Tropical Storm Lidia...more

Guidance on Protecting Employees During Hurricane Harvey and Especially In Cleanup.

by Fisher Phillips on

Despite the constant news coverage, Americans are inevitably surprised by the violence of hurricanes … and even more by the damages inflicted by storm surges and the extraordinary amounts of rain once the hurricane high winds...more

Drones And Cybersecurity Concerns

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. Army discontinued the use of DJI drones due to concerns over cybersecurity. This follows NASA and the Department of Energy who also prohibit the use of DJI drones for similar reasons. ...more

NMFS issues final Atlantic sturgeon rule

by PretiFlaherty on

U.S. fisheries regulators have issued a final rule designating nearly 4,000 river miles in Atlantic watersheds as critical habitat for endangered and threatened Atlantic sturgeon. The rule increases regulatory complexity and...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court ruling bolsters bullet train foes - ABC News - Jul 27 - Federal law does not completely preempt application of California’s strict environmental...more

Hold on to Your Hats: Another Active Hurricane Season Forecasted

by Zelle LLP on

Some wait for football season in the Fall while others anticipate baseball season in the Spring. Some sports fans are disappointed that basketball season just ended. But those in the insurance industry often anxiously...more

What's in a Name?

by Zelle LLP on

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season started on June 1, 2017, with one preseason storm already under our belt. The first tropical storm, Arlene, formed on April 20, 2017, only lasted a few days and did not receive much...more

Mining the Deep Seabed for Renewable Energy

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Friday the China Minmetals Corporation signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for exploration of polymetallic nodules on the deep seabed of the Pacific Ocean. The ISA has now executed...more

Executive Order Charts New Path For Offshore Energy Development

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On April 28, 2017, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order entitled “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.” This EO calls for expanded oil and gas leasing in areas of the U.S. Outer Continental...more

LIDAR Data to the Rescue

by Cozen O'Connor on

Often in litigation, especially in flood claims, determining the vertical elevation of a land or water based structure or object is important. In a recent flood case, the elevation of the top of an earthen embankment and...more

ESA Law Alert: Natural Resources Mitigation Policies Likely to be Rescinded by Trump Administration

by Stoel Rives LLP on

This week President Trump released the Energy Independence Executive Order that focuses on the Trump Administration’s energy strategy. Although much focus is on lifting the restrictions on American energy and on job...more

Trump Administration's Budget Blueprint Calls For Significant Impacts to Environmental Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration unveiled significant rollbacks in funding for federal agencies when it released its Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again on March 16, 2017. The President's proposed budget priorities would...more

The “El Niño” Effect In Peru, Can Anything Be Done?

by Zelle LLP on

After a period of severe drought, per recent news reports the “El Niño” effect is bringing heavy rainfall on Peru´s Northern coast causing overflowing of rivers, mudslides and flooding. This is the worst such disaster since...more

Many Big Announcements for the UAS Industry and its Safety and Privacy Initiatives

The commercial drone industry is projected to generate over $82 billion for the U.S. economy and over 100,000 new jobs by 2025. Last week, at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) “Workshop on...more

Heat, Lightning Hazards are Focus of Federal Safety Campaigns

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

With the arrival of summer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched initiatives to alert employers and workers to heat and lightning hazards and the steps to take to prevent injury or illness from them....more

Hurricane Season: Time to Determine Whether You're Covered for Weather

by Reed Smith on

June 1 brings the beginning of the 2016 hurricane season. These storms have the potential to cause devastating damage for companies who own property such as apartment buildings, hotels, factories, retail outlets, warehouses...more

Seeking Space Entrepreneurs: NOAA Launches Commercial Space Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”) has launched a new policy to leverage the private sector to diversify NOAA’s portfolio of space-based data collection resources. Our firm assists clients...more

Seeking Net Benefits: President Obama Issues New Federal Policy on Addressing and Mitigating Environmental Harm Early in the...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On November 3, 2015, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum intended to encourage federal agencies to consider land use planning more holistically, clearly and consistently, addressing mitigation needs before they...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown authorizes streamlined groundwater: Allen Matkins - Oct 13: On Friday, October 9, 2015, Governor Brown signed a suite of bills that has the potential to significantly...more

Proposed CEQA Guidelines Amendments: A Critique of OPR’s “Preliminary Discussion Draft” (Part II – Proposed “Substance” and Major...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On September 18, 2015, I posted a “Part I” piece on the “efficiency improvements” category of OPR’s Preliminary Discussion Draft of its “Proposed Updates to the CEQA Guidelines” (the “Discussion Draft”). This follow up post...more

Federal Agencies Announce Steps to Expedite Reviews of Infrastructure Projects

by WilmerHale on

On September 22, the Administration announced two new policies that will facilitate a more transparent and efficient permitting and review process for complex infrastructure projects. First, federal agencies announced...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan and 2014 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Report EPA is announcing the availability of its Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines...more

Hurricanes vs. Wildfires — 2015’s Dramatic Contrast

by Cozen O'Connor on

Two of this blog’s four rotating headers depict a hurricane and a fire as examples of potentially-destructive types of property damage, and the hurricane season (June through November) and the wildfire season (late spring...more

Federal Court Strikes Down HCP: No Piggybacks Under Section 10

by Nossaman LLP on

While decisions dealing with lawsuits alleging violations of section 7 or section 9 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are rather common, it is far less common for courts to address suits under section 10. In fact, in any...more

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