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Premises Pollution Liability Policy: Missouri Appellate Court Addresses Insurance Coverage Issue

The Missouri Court of Appeals (Eastern District) addressed in a December 19th opinion a coverage issue involving a Premises Pollution Liability Policy (“ PPL policy”). See Hazelwood Logistics Center, LLC v. Illinois Union...more

Clean Sweep for City of San Diego in Challenge to Approval of Private School

by Downey Brand LLP on

On December 20, 2017, the Fourth District Court of Appeal delivered a solid win for the City of San Diego in a multi-faceted challenge to its approval of a private school pursuant to a Mitigated Negative Declaration (“MND”)....more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FTA Approval of Purple Line Light Rail Project

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Reversing a district court decision that had delayed work on the $2.4 billion Purple Line light rail transit project in Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that the Federal...more

Second Appellate District Rejects Challenge to EIR Alternatives Analysis for West Hollywood Redevelopment Project

by Downey Brand LLP on

On December 22, the Second Appellate District certified for publication its November 30 opinion in Los Angeles Conservancy v. City of West Hollywood, concerning a proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the “Melrose Triangle”...more

Endangered Species Act: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Request for Public Comment on Incidental Take Permit Applications to...

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) issued a December 5th Federal Register Notice asking for public comment on federally listed American burying-beetle incidental take permit applications. See 82 Fed. Reg....more

Do Not Clean, Clean Dirt: Douglass v. Shamrock Paving, Inc.

On December 21, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court issued a decision interpreting the private right of action under Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act (“MTCA”), Douglass v. Shamrock Paving, Inc. The decision analyzes three...more

Salt Transloading Facility: Court Addresses Whether Local Ordinance is Preempted by Federal Statute

A United States District Court addressed in a December 7th opinion whether the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (“Act”) preempted a Vermont town’s ordinance regulating a salt transloading facility. See Vermont...more

New Source Review/Clean Air Act: December 7th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Memorandum Addressing...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator E. Scott Pruitt issued a December 7th guidance memorandum titled: New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting Requirements: Enforceability and Use of...more

Year-End CEQA Legislative And Regulatory Roundup – December 2017

by Miller Starr Regalia on

As another year draws near its close, a number of notable recent CEQA developments in both the legislative and regulatory arenas have occurred that bear mention. SB 35 (Wiener), perhaps the “poster child” of the numerous...more

Asbestos Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Jonesboro, Arkansas Construction Firm Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Shannon Kee Construction, LLC (“SKC”) entered into a November 15th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of Arkansas Pollution Control...more

Underground Storage Tank Enforcement: Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Administrative Law Judge Order Addressing...

Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Charles Moulton issued a November 15th Order addressing a Notice of Violation (“NOV”) by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality...more

Restoring Lives and Revitalizing Communities: Josh Fout (Pulaski County) Brownfield Presentation

Harbor Environmental and Pulaski County jointly sponsored a November 15th seminar held in North Little Rock, Arkansas addressing a variety of Arkansas Brownfield issues. Mr. Josh Fout, who serves as Pulaski County...more

Big River Steel, LLC (Osceola, Ark.) Title V Permit Challenge: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency October 31st Order Denying...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator issued an October 31st Order responding to a 2013 Petition from Nucor Steel – Arkansas and Nucor-Yamato Steel Company (collectively, “Nucor”) objecting...more

Houston Astros Minute Maid Park: Home of the World Series Champions (and a Former Brownfield)

The Houston Astros have an additional distinction besides its World Series win. The Astros Minute Maid Park is on the site of a former 38-acre Brownfield....more

Pennsylvania Fails to Timely Reissue General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities – After...

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

After December 7, 2017, new Pennsylvania land development projects that disturb in total over an acre of land will require an individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES’) permit. Although the...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training: Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin –...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training publishes an environmental Case Crimes Bulletin (“Bulletin”) that summarizes publicized investigative activity...more

Endangered Species Act/Notice of Intent to Sue: Environmental Groups Allege Violations Associated with Highway Construction

The Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”) sent an October 16th Notice of Intent to Sue for Violations of the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) in regards to the Longmeadow Parkway, Huntley Road and Illinois Route 62...more

Stormwater Permits: Preventing Your Owners Association From Getting Stuck with Unnecessary and Potentially Large Expenses

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Developers in North Carolina must obtain numerous permits from various governmental agencies prior to constructing a planned community or developing condominiums. Most construction permits end by their terms upon completion...more

Common Law/Clean Water Act Action: Lawrence County Landowners Lawsuit Challenging Lawrence County, Arkansas Bridge

A group of landowners and farmers (collectively “landowners”) filed an October 10th lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against Lawrence County, Arkansas. See No. :...more

Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Arkadelphia, Arkansas Asphalt Roofing Manufacturing Facility...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Siplast, Inc. (“SI”) entered into a September 29th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of an air permit. See LIS No. 17-077. SI...more

Conservation Commission Retains Authority to Regulate under Stricter Local Law Despite MassDEP Superseding Order of Conditions

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The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a Superseding Order of Conditions issued by the MassDEP under the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA) does not divest a municipal Conservation Commission from all authority to...more

Stormwater/Construction Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Faulkner County Developer Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Tri.Con.Builders, Inc. (“TCBI”) entered into a September 8th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of a National Pollution Discharge...more

Court Upholds San Francisco's CEQA Exemption for Telegraph Hill Project

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Protect Telegraph Hill v. City and County of San Francisco (Sept. 14, 2017 Slip Opinion A148544, unpublished), the First District Court of Appeal upheld the City of San Francisco's determination that rehabilitation of a...more

China’s War on Pollution: Measuring the Economic Impact

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China’s State Council released an “Opinion Concerning Establishment of a Long-Term Mechanism for Early-Warning and Monitoring of Environmental and Natural Resources Carrying Capacity,” which will halt major projects in...more

Court Holds Project Construction Constitutes “Mining” on Tribal Lands

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Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that excavation work performed by a private company when installing wind turbines constituted “mining” under the federal regulation governing mineral...more

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