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EPA Guidance Documents Are Not Enforceable Rules Says DOJ

Companies regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have long complained that EPA too often uses guidance documents improperly, both to expand regulatory requirements beyond what the law permits and to avoid...more

EPA Deletes Several Superfund Sites from the NPL and Targets More in 2018 and Beyond

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt says that expediting cleanups at Superfund sites is one of his top priorities. Since 1980, EPA has had the authority to clean up contaminated sites and...more

EPA Takes Initial Step to Replace Clean Power Plan

Uncertainty and speculation have swirled over the last few months regarding whether U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt would replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP) after proposing to repeal the...more

New Wave of Climate Change Related Litigation Focuses on Industry

Climate change related cases are on the rise nationwide, just like sea water levels. In fact, according to a United Nations study released in May 2017, the U.S. has three times more climate change litigation cases than the...more

Executive Order Set to Expedite Permitting and Authorization of Infrastructure Projects

During the campaign and thus far in the current administration, the President has prioritized the modernization of the Nation’s infrastructure and promised a $1 trillion investment plan to help fund that vision. There is rare...more

Federal Appeals Court Limits U.S. EPA’s General Waiver Authority under the Renewable Fuel Standards Program

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit determined that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) wrongly invoked its general waiver authority and set the volumes for...more

EPA Given Additional Time to Ponder Next Steps on Clean Power Plan as Court Grants Another Stay

Over the last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stayed two high-profile litigations concerning the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants. By...more

Understanding Mineral Rights and the Impact on the Value of Your Property

The United States is one of a handful of countries in which private real property owners can hold and own subsurface mineral rights. In a majority of countries, only the government can own and benefit from these rights. ...more

A New Budget, a New EPA Administrator, and New Uncertainty for Superfund Cleanups

When Scott Pruitt took over the post as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he made it clear that one of his top priorities was to expedite cleanups at contaminated sites across the...more

Update - Environmental and Energy Policy Round-Up: Status of Regulations and Key Decisions under the New Administration

As the environmental and energy regulatory landscape under the new Administration continues to shift, we want to keep our clients up to speed, as many of these policy changes may directly or indirectly impact your businesses....more

Status of Distributed Generation in Maryland and the District of Columbia

Over the last several years, significant strides have been made to advance the development and implementation of distributed energy generation resources in the mid-Atlantic region. So much so that we thought it worthwhile to...more

Environmental and Energy Policy Round-Up: Status of Regulations and Key Decisions under the New Administration

There has been much discussion lately regarding the new Administration’s efforts to review and possibly “roll-back” several environmental and energy-related regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the...more

Maryland to Join List of States Banning Hydraulic Fracturing

New York and Vermont have both banned the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Maryland is on the verge of joining that list....more

The Federal Funding Cut to the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Program will Have Potential Environmental and Economic Impacts

In our previous post entitled “EPA’s Budget was Cut How Much? Making Sense of the White House’s ‘Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,’” we discussed the White House’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget outline for the...more

EPA’s Budget was Cut How Much? Making Sense of the White House’s “Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again"

On March 16, the White House released its proposed fiscal year 2018 budget outline entitled “A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” Fully realizing one of the President’s priorities—to ease the burden of Federal...more

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