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Clean Energy/Cities: 2017 Sierra Club Case Study/Report

The Sierra Club has issued a case study report (“Report”) titled: Cities Are Ready for 100% Clean Energy - The Report identified 10 United States cities that have made commitments to be powered with 100% renewable...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Pangburn, Arkansas Enter into Consent Administrative...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and the City of Pangburn, Arkansas (“City”) entered into a Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge...more

U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board: Fairhaven, Massachusetts Petition Challenging NPDES Permit Nitrogen Limit

The Town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts (“Fairhaven”) filed an October 27th Petition for Review before the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Environmental Appeals Board (“EAB”). Fairhaven is challenging...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #2

Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA - "In a strict party-line vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The vote to...more

How viable is hybrid energy in remote mining locations?

by DLA Piper on

Providing remote mining locations with a reliable and cost-effective energy source is an ongoing challenge, but technology may be on hand to provide an alternative solution. ...more

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Sets Stringent New Standards for Toxic Air Emissions at Bay Area Facilities

by Downey Brand LLP on

On November 15, 2017, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (“BAAQMD”) adopted sweeping new standards to reduce toxic air contaminant (“TAC”) emissions from existing stationary sources. The new rule, Regulation 11 Rule...more

Environmental Citizen Suits —A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration

by King & Spalding on

In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the waters of the United States rulemaking to the Clean Power Plan. He has also proposed...more

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program Accepting Applications

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) issued a statement soliciting applications for its Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program. The...more

Grain, Ethanol Industry Send Letter To U.S. Trade Representative On Brazil Ethanol Tariff

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 14, 2017, the Governors' Biofuels Coalition announced that grain and ethanol industry stakeholders, including the U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), and Growth Energy, sent a letter to...more

Neste Announces Collaboration With American Airlines

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 13, 2017, Neste, a member of BRAG, announced it has entered into an agreement with American Airlines to explore opportunities to reduce the airline’s environmental footprint. To achieve this goal, the companies...more

EPA Close To Issuing In Final 2018 And 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 31, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent its final rule to set the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2018 and 2019 to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Under...more

DOC Announces Affirmative Final CVD Determination For Argentina And Indonesia

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) issued affirmative final determinations in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. Following a nine month...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, November 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA - EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Guidance For Pesticide Registrants On Notifications, Non-notifications, And Minor Formulation Amendments: On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Voluntary Disclosure/Multi-Media Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Clean Energy Production Company Enter into...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing a Consent Agreement (“CA”) with ENEL Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGP”) resolving alleged violations of...more

Animal Waste Emissions from Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA, under the guns of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

by Ruder Ware on

Introduction - Let me be Captain Obvious here. When the title is that long, the topic, including its context and history, is convoluted. Let’s start at the end, work our way toward the beginning, and come full circle. On...more

LUPC Proposes New Rules Allowing Grid-Scale Solar Facilities

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Responding to increasing interest in developing grid-scale solar farms in Maine’s unorganized territory, the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) yesterday proposed a rulemaking to allow development of grid-scale solar energy...more

Add Batteries to Your Wind Farm and Get More (ITC) Juice

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A battery storage system added to a pre-existing wind facility is eligible for the investment tax credit, even if the facility has claimed the production tax credit. This is good news for taxpayers considering adding...more

Presentations and Report Posted for Conference on Standardization for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

In October 2017, the presentations and report for the June 20, 2017, Second European Conference on “Standardization for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials: Reliable data for an effective management of nanomaterials” were...more

2015 Ground-Level Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Notes State-Wide...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has stated that Arkansas is in attainment state-wide with the 2015 Ground-Level National Ambient Air...more

Drinking Water/2018 Farm Bill: American Water Works Association Recommendations

A key United States Congressional endeavor in 2018 will be the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. The American Water Works Association (“AWWA”) noted in a November 8th news release its interest in ensuring that the Farm...more

Federal Air Legislation: November 14th U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee Hearing on Targeted Air...

The Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety (“Subcommittee”) of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is holding a hearing today on legislation related to air issues. ...more

Air Enforcement: Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board Order/Assessment of Penalty to Cleveland, Tennessee Woodworking Operation

The Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board (“Board”) issued a November 6th Technical Secretary’s Order and Assessment of Civil Penalty (“Order”) to Jackson Furniture Industries, Inc. (“JFII”). JFII is described as a...more

Stormwater/Solar Photovoltaic Facilities: November 10th Blog Post Discusses Potential Issues

A November 10th blog post by Kennedy/Jenks Consultants discussed potential stormwater management issues associated with solar photovoltaic (“PV”) facilities. Their post discusses what they describe as: . . . the unique...more

Variances Under the Clean Water Act/New Developments in the Use of an Old Tool: Jordan Wimpy (Mitchell Williams) Arkansas...

Jordan P. Wimpy undertook a presentation at the Arkansas Environmental Federation’s annual Convention and Trade Show titled: Variances Under the Clean Water Act – New Developments in the Use of an Old Tool...more

Stormwater Regulation and Fees Will Impact Auto Dealers

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Municipalities throughout Pennsylvania are in the process of implementing local stormwater ordinances and fees that will likely impact many auto dealers. Recent changes to federal and state laws have forced municipalities to...more

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