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The Fate of the CCR Rule “is” Still in Dispute

by Williams Mullen on

In May of last year, Environmental Notes reported on the many petitions that had been filed challenging EPA’s 2015 promulgation of a final waste management rule addressing the management and disposal of coal combustion...more

A Regulatory Reform Agenda for FERC

Deregulation was a major theme during the first year of the Trump administration, with President Donald Trump calling on agencies to strike two regulations for each one they added. Many have taken up this call for regulatory...more

U.S. Approves New Tariffs on Solar Cells

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Jan. 22, 2018, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer announced that the Trump Administration approved recommendations to impose safeguard tariffs on imported solar cells and modules. The USTR made the...more

FERC Rejects Department of Energy's Bid for Coal, Nuclear Subsidies

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has voted to terminate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking stemming from Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry's September 2017 proposal to initiate new pricing rules. ...more

FERC Rejects DOE Proposal for Special Compensation for Coal and Nuclear Generators

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On January 8, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) issued an Order terminating the rulemaking proceeding that it established to address DOE Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed Grid Resiliency...more

Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions: Projected U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Activities

The Trump Administration released the Fall edition of the semi-annual Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and the Regulatory Plan (“Plan”). Federal agencies twice a year produce in combination a...more

Senate Confirms FERC Nominees Mcintyre And Glick

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nominations of Kevin McIntyre as FERC Chairman and Richard Glick...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Santa Clara Valley Water District rejects twin Delta tunnels plan, endorsing smaller version instead - San Jose Mercury News - Oct 17 - In a landmark vote closely watched across California, the Santa Clara Valley...more

Clean Air Act: Maryland Attorney General Federal District Lawsuit Alleging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Failure to Act on...

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (“AG”) filed a Complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland alleging a violation of the Clean Air Act by the United States Environmental Protection Agency...more

5 Things Reflected in the ITC’s Suniva Injury-Phase Vote and What Comes Next

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted unanimously on September 22, 2017, for an affirmative determination of injury to U.S. producers of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) products, such as solar cells,...more

U.S. Solar Industry Braces for Potential Tariffs After U.S. International Trade Commission Decision

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After the U.S. International Trade Commission's (ITC) ruling on September 22 that importers of solar panels have seriously injured domestic solar panel manufacturers, the U.S. solar industry is set for a period of...more

Shaking Things Up – The Trump Administration, Regulatory Change, and Administrative Law: Allan Gates (Mitchell Williams) National...

My law firm colleague Allan Gates undertook a webinar presentation for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (“NACWA”) titled: - Shaking Things Up – The Trump Administration, Regulatory Change, and...more

FERC Quorum Restored, New Chairman Named

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On August 4, the Senate confirmed Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson as FERC Commissioners. Commissioner Chatterjee was sworn in on August 8 and Commissioner Robert Powelson was sworn in today, August 10....more

NC Legislative Update: End of Session Wrap

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

2017 Session - After 23 weeks of session, lawmakers adjourned the 2017 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly on June 30th. The Adjournment Resolution passed by both bodies reconvenes the legislature on...more

Trump to Nominate Kevin McIntyre as FERC Chairman

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Republican Kevin J. McIntyre to be the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC has been operating without a quorum since the...more

Canadian Government's Proposal to Reform Canada's Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Regime

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the federal government released a discussion paper entitled "Environmental and Regulatory Reviews" ("Discussion Paper"), which proposes broad changes to the federal environmental assessment and regulatory...more

Article: June 2017: Energy Litigation Update

New Administration Leads to Pause of Major Energy-Related Litigation. In March, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to “suspend, rescind, or revise” several...more

Trump to Nominate Richard Glick as FERC Commissioner

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last night, President Trump announced that he intends to nominate Richard Glick, the Democratic general counsel for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as a FERC Commissioner, to fill Commissioner Honorable’s...more

Senate Committee Votes "Yea" on FERC Nominees

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee just voted on the nominations of Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson to be FERC Commissioners. ...more

Does FERC's Authority to Delegate Functions to Staff Survive the Loss of an Agency Quorum?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On May 25th, the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources will hold hearings on President Trump's nominations to fill two commissioner vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). If confirmed, the...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - May 2017

CEO Executive Summary: Early April felt almost normal. There was no blowup in U.S.-Mexico relations and the Mexican economy performed well. Then came President Trump’s renewed broadsides, insisting that Mexico will pay for...more

Federal Court Halts Lawsuit Consideration over Obama’s Clean Water Rule; Pruitt Recruits Governors to Shape New EPA Water...

One of President Trump’s early campaign promises was to dismantle the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the Obama administration’s regulation asserting federal power over navigable bodies of water and aiming to replace polluting...more

Trump to Nominate Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson for FERC Vacancies

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Monday night, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Republicans Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC has been operating without a quorum since the...more

A Closer Look at President Trump's Executive Order on Energy Independence

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump's Executive Order (EO) entitled "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth" is a broad directive accomplishing a number of the Trump Administration's energy-related priorities....more

Administration's Executive Order on Climate and Energy Is Controversial, and May Shift Action to States

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 28, 2017, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” (E.O.) that takes aim at a broad range of federal climate and energy programs and regulations. The E.O....more

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