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Clean Water Act’s WOTUS Rule: Summary and Updates

In June 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers published a final rule, the “Clean Water Rule: Definitions of ‘Waters of the United States,’” defining the term “waters of the United...more

Federal dams and preliminary permits

U.S. federal entities own dams with untapped hydropower potential that could be developed by private parties -- but a recent regulatory decision highlights the difficulty of winning key approvals when the federal dam owner...more

Are Corps Jurisdictional Decisions Final Agency Action? It Appears So. Is This a Good Thing?

According to the trade press, today’s argument in Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes did not go well for the government. Pretty much the entire Court was seen as likely to conclude that Corps jurisdictional determinations are...more

Environmental Notes - March 2016

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Jurisdictional Determinations May be Appealed - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determines the presence or absence of wetlands and other “waters of the United States” on a...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Jurisdictional Determinations May be Appealed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determines the presence or absence of wetlands and other “waters of the United States” on a particular site by issuing a “jurisdictional determination” (JD). A JD is of great significance to...more

“Waters of the U.S.” Rule Still Subject to Nationwide Stay, For Now

Would you consider this a “Water of the United States” subject to the Clean Water Act? Well think again, because under a new rule, even a dry streambed or channel could be considered a “Water of the U.S.” and thus...more

Sixth Circuit Exercises Jurisdiction over Federal Clean Water Rule Challenges

Nationwide Stay of WOTUS Rules Remains in Effect - On February 22, 2016, the Sixth Circuit ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear numerous consolidated petitions filed in both district and circuit courts across the...more

Sixth Circuit Determines it has Jurisdiction to Hear Challenges to the Clean Water Rule

On February 22, 2016, in a 2-1 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit determined it has jurisdiction over the numerous legal challenges to the Clean Water Rule (the Final Rule), thus siding with the position...more

Successive preliminary permit for Cave Run hydro project

Federal energy regulators have issued an order issuing a successive preliminary permit to Cave Run Energy, LLC for a proposed hydroelectric project to be located at a dam in Kentucky owned by the U.S. Army Corps of...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Proposed ballot initiative would shift funding from high speed rail to new water projects - Los Angeles Times - Feb 15 - The state’s powerful agriculture industry and its...more

Developers Dodge Bullet with Northern Long-Eared Bat

Developers have to deal with a number of environmental issues. These include stormwater management and potential impacts to wetlands, historic resources, and threatened and endangered species. The northern long-eared bat is...more

President Obama's FY17 Budget Request Proposes New Energy and Environmental Allocations

The President has unveiled his fiscal year 2017 budget request for the federal government. The figures are ambitious in the way that only a president in his last term would propose, and the budget includes numerous funding...more

California Court Puts Out The Welcome Mat For The Eichleay Formula In Computing Home Office Delay Damages - What Took So Long?

In JMR Construction Corporation v. Environmental Assessment and Remediation Management, Inc. (Court of Appeal No. H039055, Monterey County Superior Court No. M105497), the Sixth Appellate District held the Eichleay formula...more

Deadlines Are Fast Approaching as Congress Is Already Considering Priorities for Next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)

Stakeholders interested in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) civil works projects, water resources policy, or funding for harbor, inland waterway, and other projects should engage Congress to advance their priorities as...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: A Legislative Outlook

Over the next eight weeks, we will provide a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector in a series of alerts. In this series, attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from...more

Geotechnical Report in Solicitation Bars Federal Contractor’s Recovery for Unfavorable Soil Conditions

In Old Veteran Construction, Inc. v. United States, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims dismissed a federal contractor’s claim for damages, which the contractor contended were due because of unexpected soil conditions...more

Bill to Nullify Clean Water Rule Vetoed

On January 19, 2016, President Obama vetoed legislation that, if approved, would have nullified the Clean Water Rule. The controversial rule, which redefines which water bodies qualify as “waters of the United States” under...more

Waters of the U.S. Rule Drowning to Start 2016

Although likely to survive a presidential veto of a joint resolution seeking to nullify the June 29, 2015 rule submitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers amending the definition...more

Air Force Welcomes Comments On Red Rock Biofuels Facility Environmental Assessment

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) Research Laboratory has developed a Draft Environmental Assessment and a Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the development of the Red Rock Biofuels facility in Lake County, Oregon....more

Federal Court in Pennsylvania Holds That Contractor’s Nominal Underpayment of Progress Payments Does Not Relieve Subcontractor’s...

Butch-Kavitz, Inc. v. Mar-Paul Co., Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160652 (M.D. Pa. Dec. 1, 2015) - The United States Army Corps of Engineers (the “Owner”) entered into a contract (the “Contract”) with Mar-Paul Company,...more

Defining the Scope of Waters of the United States: Supreme Court to Decide Whether Federal Courts Will Be Able to Review Clean...

For 30 years developers, agencies and courts have struggled over defining the purview of Clean Water Act jurisdiction (“CWA” or the “Act”). However, three U.S. Supreme Court rulings and a revised federal rule attempting to...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Important Case Affecting Development in Wetlands

A critical part of the permitting process for many development projects is obtaining federal and state wetland permits. The key wetland authorization is usually a Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...more

Testing the Waters: The U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear U.S. Army Corps’ Clean Water Act Determinations Challenge

On December 11, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to the Eighth Circuit’s April 2015 ruling that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Army Corps) jurisdictional determinations are final agency actions subject to...more

Supreme Court Will Determine Whether Corps Jurisdictional Determination Can Be Appealed

Can you appeal a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ jurisdictional determination (“JD”) that a water feature constitutes waters of the United States? The Administrative Procedures Act allows such an appeal if it is determined that...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Split on Court Review of Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Determinations

The U.S. Supreme Court decided last week to review a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit that jurisdictional determinations under the Clean Water Act are final agency actions subject to judicial...more

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