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2016 Water Legislation Reaches New Areas & Sets the Stage for President-Elect Trump

In enacting the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act,” Congress expanded the traditional role of Water Resource Development Acts. Where past legislation focused solely on water and navigation projects to be...more

A WIIN for Water Infrastructure

On December 16, 2016, the President signed into law the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (“WIIN”) Act (S. 612), legislation negotiated by both parties, and overwhelmingly passed by Congress on December 10th,...more

Washington, D.C. Update – December 2016

With the last-minute passage of a Continuing Resolution (CR) to stave off a government shutdown, the 114th Congress has come to an end. When Congress returns in January, it will be faced with a number of immediate challenges,...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - December 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our December edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. In Leaders in the News,...more

Water Resources Development Act Passes, Authorizing 30 New Infrastructure Projects Nationwide

After months of back and forth, the House and Senate agreed on passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a nearly $12 billion measure authorizing 30 new infrastructure projects around the country. The bill, which...more

Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act — Highlights

Below is a snapshot of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act water-300x200(S. 612) passed late last week by the Congress. The President has indicated that he will sign the bill. Title I of the Act is...more

Open the Floodgates? WRDA Shows Congress Ready to Act on Water Policy, Infrastructure Projects

In the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which the Senate approved on December 9, Congress addressed major issues in the nation’s water infrastructure, including direct efforts aimed at problems related to...more

Post-Election Congress Returns for Lame Duck Session What to Expect? - Updated

Last week, ML Strategies shared our thoughts on what to expect in the post-election lame duck Congress. The unknown factor at that point in time was who would be elected President on November 8th, which party would be in the...more

Post-Election Congress Returns for Lame-Duck Session What to Expect?

Upon its return on November 14, the House is scheduled to be in session for 16 days during November and December, with the Senate scheduled for 20 days. Much of the legislative work of the lame-duck will occur after the...more

Environmental Policy Quarterly

Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of Environmental Policy Quarterly, published jointly by the Environmental, Land and Natural Resources and the Public Policy and Law Practice Groups of K&L Gates. Environmental Policy Quarterly...more

Washington, D.C. Update – October 2016

In a rush to leave Washington and head home to campaign for reelection, members of Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) avoiding a shutdown and extending federal government operations through December 9. In an effort...more

Post-Election "Lame Duck" Session

In the rush to head back to their districts before the November election, Congress elected to defer a number of issues to the post-election "lame duck" session. However, with the exception of appropriations, it remains...more

Agreement Reached over Funding for Lead Abatement in Flint, MI

On September 15, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which included $220 million for lead contamination relief nationwide, of which at least $100 million is expected to be spent in...more

Both Chambers Pass WRDA Bills: Race Is on to Complete WRDA Work in 2016

The Senate and House both passed Water Resources Development Act (“WRDA”) bills in September, bringing Congress two major steps closer to returning to a regular, biannual process of authorizing projects and activities related...more

House Passes Water Infrastructure Bill, Setting up Conference with Senate

On Wednesday, September 28, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016. House action comes on the heels of the Senate’s passage of its version (S. 2848) earlier this month....more

EPA's Coal Ash Rule Continues to Draw Criticism - From Both Sides

The EPA’s publication of a coal ash rule on April 17, 2015, did little to resolve the debate about the proper management of the material. Members of Congress have continued to push for legislation which would change...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2016

Leaders in the News: EnerNOC - This month we’d like to highlight EnerNOC, a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS) that supports decision-making around energy costs and sustainability issues. EnerNOC...more

Senate Approves $4.9 Billion for Drinking Water

Congress in recent years has not really been in the business of solving core public welfare problems like safe drinking water. Today the Senate, however, has taken a major step forward by passing the 2016 Water Resources and...more

Energy and Environmental Legislative Updates for Fall 2016

The House of Representatives and Senate returned September 6 from the long August recess that started in mid-July. The House is scheduled to be in session for four weeks and the Senate for five weeks before breaking again for...more

Timely Response to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Notice Critical for Stakeholders Interested in Securing Congressional...

Stakeholders with an interest in securing potential Congressional authorization for water resources development projects in future Water Resources Development Act (“WRDA”) legislation should pay close attention to a notice...more

Congress Working Aggressively to Pass a Bipartisan WRDA in 2016

Both chambers in Congress are working aggressively to pass bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (“WRDA 2016”) legislation this year. Now is the time for entities interested in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...more

Significant Water Legislation Moving in the Senate

The largest overhaul to the nation’s aging water infrastructure in decades is making progress in the Senate. On April 28, 2016, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a $9 billion update to the Water...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

Looking Ahead: Federal Drought Response

Unsurprisingly, 2016 will be all about the elections. And like most election years, especially presidential elections, the majority of legislation brought up for a vote will be “messaging bills” that members can use to...more

Environmental Notes - May 2015

In this Issue: - Virginia’s Draft State Water Resources Plan - Frequent Questions: Form R Part II - Manufacturers and Temporary Workers - Farms and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act...more

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