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Clean Power Plan Repeal: October 10th Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) October 10th that would repeal the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”)....more

FERC and Wholesale Market Stakeholders Prepare Responses to Proposed Rule on Grid Resiliency

On September 29, 2017, the Secretary of Energy submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of proposed rulemaking to support electric grid resiliency. The notice states that changes to wholesale market...more

Trump Track: EPA Moves on its Plan to Repeal [and Eventually Replace?] the Clean Power Plan

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 10, 2017, EPA announced it is taking steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), regulations put in place in 2015 which requires existing power plants to roll back their CO2 emissions by 2030. EPA is taking the...more

FERC to Expedite Final Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing

by Alston & Bird on

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) directing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue a final rule on grid reliability and resilience pricing....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Agencies Propose Simplifying Regulatory Capital Rules - On September 27, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced a proposed...more

FCC Proposes to Auction Desirable 833-prefix Numbers, Allow the Sale of Toll Free Numbers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) at its September Open Meeting that proposes significant changes to not only the methodology for assigning...more

Obtaining a Toll-Free 800 Number Could Get More Expensive

The Federal Communications Commission has just issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that could dramatically change the way companies obtain 800 numbers, especially so-called vanity numbers or easy-to-remember numbers....more

Surprise DOE Proposal Presses FERC to Provide Full Cost Recovery for Reliability Attributes of Generators in Bulk Power Markets

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On September 29, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued what DOE variously describes as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and a directive (Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule) that will involve DOE in wholesale electric...more

DOE Directs FERC to Issue Rule to Set Cost-Based Rates for Baseload Plants

On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) proposing that Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) exercise its authority under sections 205 and 206 of the...more

Will Anyone Pay for 1-833-AUCTION?

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Toll free telephone numbers celebrated their 50th birthday this year (frankly, without much fanfare). These numbers allow callers to reach businesses without being charged for the call. When long distance calling was...more

Wellness Comes to Those Who Wait: EEOC Provides Timeline for Update to Regulations

On September 21, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a status report with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in response to that court’s August 22, 2017, ruling against the...more

DOGGR Releases Proposed Pipeline Testing Regulations

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On September 22, 2017, the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for its Pipeline Testing Regulations. The Notice announces that DOGGR proposes to adopt...more

FCC Proposes Rule Modifications to ACS Formal Complaint Procedures

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which it proposed to streamline procedural rules for several types of formal complaint proceedings, including those...more

Final Regulations on PRIs Make for Inspirational Reading for Family Foundations

It is not often that you can find inspiration within the Treasury regulations. But if you are a family foundation looking for innovative ways of pursuing your charitable mission, you will come away from reading the nineteen...more

FCC Proposes Exempting Non-Nationwide Providers From Wireless Hearing Aid Compatibility Reporting Requirement

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) voted unanimously at its Open Meeting on September 27, 2017 to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that proposes exempting certain types of wireless providers...more

FCC Proposes To Overhaul Procedural Rules Applicable To Pole Attachment Complaints

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On September 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that would significantly change the procedural rules governing formal pole attachment complaint...more

FERC approves reliability standards, proposes further revisions

by PretiFlaherty on

At its first open meeting following restoration of its quorum, today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved two final rules and issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing mandatory standards intended to...more

FCC Seeks to Create Uniformity in Formal Complaint Processes

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

This week, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) to increase uniformity among several diverse sets of FCC complaint procedures. Today, there are three...more

DOE Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Small-Scale Natural Gas Exports

On September 1, 2017, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) proposing to revise its regulations to expedite the application and approval process for small-scale exports of natural...more

Keeping Pace in Clinical Research: The Common Rule Picks up Speed

by Dickinson Wright on

In recent years, the world of human subjects research has expanded not only with regard to the number of clinical research trials being conducted and the array of drugs and devices being tested, but also with respect to the...more

340B Update: HRSA Delays Final Rule on 340B Pricing and Manufacturer CMPs Yet Again

by K&L Gates LLP on

On August 21, 2017, the Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to further delay the effective date of final rules on drug pricing calculations and civil monetary...more

Defending Employers’ Access to Legal Advice: Comments Filed Supporting DOL’s Rescission of Controversial Persuader Rule

August 11, 2017, was the deadline for interested parties to submit comments regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal to formally rescind its controversial persuader rule, which was issued in 2016 under the...more

The OCC Takes Initiative on Seeking Public Comment for Changes to the Volcker Rule

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which regulates national banks and, as such, is responsible for administering the Volcker Rule with respect to the largest banking entities in the United States, has...more

Regulation of Natural Gas Gathering Lines In the Face of Unprecedented Demands on US Pipeline Infrastructure

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Existing gathering line regulation reflects collaboration between pipeline operators and regulators, a model useful for new regulatory efforts as well. Background - America’s natural gas pipeline network transports...more

Regulators Seek Comment on Proposed Jump in Appraisal Threshold

The federal banking regulators proposed an increase in the threshold for commercial real estate transactions requiring an appraisal from the current $250,000 to $400,000, a move the agencies said was in response to “concerns...more

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