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Buy American Legislation in the 115th Congress

by King & Spalding on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump unveiled his Administration’s Buy American and Hire American policy, signing an executive order aimed, in part, at targeting “the abusive use of waivers and exceptions that undermine ‘Buy...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California cracks down on last beachfront sand mining operation in U.S. - San Jose Mercury News - May 16 - On Tuesday, the California State Lands Commission issued a demand to the...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Evidence of a decline in electricity use by U.S. households - Haas Energy Institute - May 8 - Between 1950 and 2010, U.S. residential electricity consumption per capita increased...more

BB&K Government Relations Team Helps Client Secure Federal Grant for Water Project - Las Virgenes-Triunfo JPA Pure Water Project...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

With the assistance of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Government Relations team, including Senior Director of Governmental Affairs John Freshman in Washington, D.C., a client received almost $500,000 in federal funding for water...more

Preparations Underway to Regulate 1,2,3-TCP in California’s Drinking Water - State Water Resources Control Board Held Public...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In preparation for California adopting a maximum contaminant level for 1,2,3-trichloropropane in drinking water, the State Water Resources Control Board staff discussed potential reporting requirements and changes to...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - D.C. Circuit grants EPA’s request to delay 2015 smog rule case - Washington Post - Apr 11 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday granted a...more

School Districts not Exempt from Paying Assessments to Fund Flood Control Services - California Appellate Court Finds...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

An assessment to fund flood control and drainage services imposed by a county reclamation district on a school district was upheld Friday by a California appellate court. The court found that the trial court erred in...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Appeals court upholds California’s cap-and-trade system - Sacramento Bee - Apr 6 - A state appeals court handed a major victory to California’s signature climate-change program on...more

Oil and Gas Update for 3/31/2017 – Commonwealth Court Addresses Stripper Wells and Impact Fees, Federal Judge Tosses $4.2 Million...

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Henry Hub inched past $3/MMBtu since our last report alongside another increase in the national rig count and a tiny uptick in oil prices. In Appalachia, the Commonwealth Court issued a decision on whether and when...more

Public Trust Doctrine & Water Rights - The Walker Case: Does the Public Trust Doctrine Apply to Water Rights Established in...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A case currently pending in the Ninth Circuit raises a significant and novel issue of western water law. The case addresses whether the public trust doctrine can authorize modification of a water rights decree and...more

California Groundwater Pumpers May Be Subject to Proposed "State Intervention Fees" Under SGMA

by Nossaman LLP on

On March 8, 2017, the State Water Quality Control Board (“SWRCB”) released a draft emergency regulation that would impose new fees on some groundwater extractors. Written comments are due by Friday, April 7, 2017. The...more

State Water Board Releases Draft Emergency Regulation Setting Fees For SGMA Intervention

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a new regulatory step under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, the State Water Resources Control Board released a draft emergency regulation that sets fees for state intervention activities. Comments are due by...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Southern California regulators approve smog plan with tougher refinery rules, voluntary measures for goods movement facilities - Los Angeles Times - Mar 3 - The South...more

Sweeping Climate Change Resolution Adopted by California State Water Board

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The State Water Resources Control Board this week adopted a resolution containing a comprehensive set of climate change mitigation and adaptation actions to be applied across all actions by the Board and its regional boards....more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017

House Commerce Considers Independent Contractors, Again - Vermont's business community continues to plead with lawmakers to update the statute defining independent contractors, arguing that current law is costly and...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump directs rollback of Obama-era water rule - The Washington Post - Feb 28 - President Trump on Tuesday instructed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of...more

Supreme Court Special Master Recommends Denial of Florida Water Rights Complaint Against Georgia

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Florida and Georgia have been fighting for decades about flows in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River Basin (ACF Basin) that provide drinking water for the City of Atlanta, as well as water for agriculture in...more

Managing Water Releases From Dams to Protect Fish: A Tale of Good Legislation and Bad Engineering

Earlier this week, the 9th Circuit found that the Bureau of Reclamation had authority under 1955 legislation to order additional releases of water to the Trinity River from the Lewiston Dam beyond the amount designated in an...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Injury from Future Water Rights Restrictions Too Speculative for Article III Standing

by Nossaman LLP on

On February 21, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District (collectively, “Water Contractors”) lacked Article III standing to...more

Wheeling & Dealing with California Water: "Fair Compensation" under the Wheeling Statute

by Nossaman LLP on

Setting rates for wheeling water has always been complicated, and it is not getting any easier. The Third District Court of Appeal issued a recent decision in Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District v. Stockton East...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

Obama EPA Rules for Water Infrastructure Subsidies Survive Freeze as Deadline for Application Looms

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In the waning days of the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a set of rules and notices to establish long-term, low-cost credit assistance to creditworthy water and wastewater projects....more

[Webinar] Come Rain or Come Shine, Conservation is a California Way of Life - February 23rd, 1:00pm PST

by Nossaman LLP on

Join Nossaman attorneys for a timely discussion of the impacts of record-setting winter storms on the statewide drought emergency and on the push to make conservation a “California Way of Life.” This webinar for CLE credit*...more

Water, Water Everywhere: Coming Soon to a Legislative Chamber Near You

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Water is a real estate issue, a business issue, a taxpayer issue. Whether you're a developer, a farmer, a city manager, a manufacturer, or "just" a taxpayer, I think you’ll be hearing a lot more about water in the next few...more

Commonwealth Court Rejects DEP’s Interpretation of The Clean Streams Law

On January 11, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decided the case of EQT Production Company v. Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and granted EQT Production Company’s (EQT)...more

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