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Presidents and Pesticides: What’s Up with the Presidential Memo on Pollinators?

On June 20, 2014, the White House issued a “Presidential Memorandum -- Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.” The strategy is directed to all federal agencies and is designed...more

EPA Proposal Sets Ambitious Carbon Reduction Goals for Power Sector; Creates Challenges and Opportunities for Industry

On June 2, 2014, the Obama Administration unveiled an ambitious administrative proposal that would require states to regulate carbon dioxide (“CO2”) emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants, reducing emissions from...more

Congress Passes Water Resources Bill Encouraging Public-Private Partnerships for Water Supply and Treatment Construction Projects

Water infrastructure projects across the nation may soon have access to innovative financing programs and increased public-private partnership (P3) opportunities. House Bill 3080 (2013) or the Water Resources Reform and...more

Energy & Environment Update - May 2014

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of...more

Supreme Court Upholds EPA Rule Limiting Cross-State Pollution

The Supreme Court handed the Obama administration a victory on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, when it injected new life into an Environmental Protection Agency rule targeting air pollution that drifts across state borders....more

Administration’s Climate Action Plan Breathes New Life Into Oil and Natural Gas Air Regulations

On March 28, 2014, the White House released its Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The oil and natural gas sectors are clearly in the cross-hairs for reductions. The report indicates the oil and natural...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 24, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection...more

Capital Thinking: Environment and Natural Resources

Excecutive Branch Activity - President Establishes National Energy Review - President Obama has issued a memorandum which establishes a “quadrennial energy review” in order to coordinate energy and climate change...more

Obama Climate Plan Rests on EPA’s Ability to Force Technology Improvements

Can the Clean Air Act be used to force technological improvements, even if that technology is at best under construction but not actually in existence in any place? With the Obama Administration’s climate control plans, the...more

I’ll go first. The Obama Administration Issues Executive Order on Chemical Safety in the Aftermath of the Tragedy in West, Texas

In the aftermath of the April fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 14 people, the Obama Administration has taken the first steps toward a regulatory response aimed at strengthening the oversight of chemical...more

A Victory For Regulation Over Guidance? Are EPA and the Corps Giving Up on Post-Rapanos Wetlands Guidance?

As readers of this blog know, EPA’s use of guidance is a frequent pet peeve of mine. The issue has arisen with particular force in connection with EPA’s efforts to define Clean Water Act jurisdiction following the Supreme...more

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