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President Xi Jinping Pledges Sustainable Development to Build a “Beautiful China”

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

At the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, President Xi Jinping asserted his country’s emerging leadership in environmental stewardship and pledged to build a “beautiful China”. In his speech to the 2,300...more

EPA Approves Flint Hills Resources’ Plant For Cellulosic Ethanol Production

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 12, 2017, Edeniq, Inc., a leading cellulosic and biorefining technology company, announced that Flint Hills Resources, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), received approval from...more

American Process and Byogy Renewables Launch Phase 1 Of DOE-Funded Biofuels And Bioproducts Project

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 9, 2017, American Process Inc. and Byogy Renewables, Inc. announced the launch of Phase 1 of its “Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts with AVAP (ABBA)” project following the completion of negotiations with the U.S....more

DOE Researchers Optimize Lignin Processing By Combining Steps

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Researchers at DOE’s Ames Laboratory are experimenting with chemical reactions that will provide an economical method of deconstructing lignin into stable, readily useful components. Lignin is the second largest renewable...more

Recent Developments in Energy Efficiency Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification: American Council for an Energy-Efficient...

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (“ACEEE”) has issued an October 2017 report titled: Recent Developments in Energy Efficiency Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification (“Report”) ...more

Hydraulic Fracture Related Damage Claim: Federal Court Addresses Application of Consent and Release Agreement

A United States District Court (Western District Oklahoma) addressed in an October 10th Order issues associated with a producing vertical well’s claim for damages related to another company’s subsequent installation of a...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

Happy Birthday!: Clean Water Act Turns 45 Today

The Clean Water Act was enacted in 1972. As a result, it turns 45 today. President Richard Nixon is credited with the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and signing of the National Environmental...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #3

Department of Interior Rescinds OSM Enforcement Policies - On October 12, 2017, the Department of the Interior ("DOI") withdrew two prior Office of Surface Mining ("OSM") policies affecting mining operations. DOI rescinded...more

Clean Robotics: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Accepting Funding Proposals for Innovative Robotics Solutions, Investment and...

On September 27, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) released a Request for Proposals seeking applications to the InnovateMass program, which provides up to $250,000 in grant funding for clean energy and water...more

Ending Collusion between EPA and Outside Groups

by Stoel Rives LLP on

EPA Administrator E. Scott Pruitt begins his October 16, 2017, directive on transparency and public participation in consent decrees and settlement agreements by stating, “EPA has previously sought to resolve lawsuits filed...more

Kitty Hawk NC offshore wind lease signed

by PretiFlaherty on

U.S. ocean energy managers have leased a 122,405-acre site offshore North Carolina to a company for offshore wind development. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's lease to Avangrid Renewables, LLC will enable the...more

Massachusetts Named Most Energy Efficient State for Seventh Consecutive Year by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named Massachusetts the most energy-efficient state in the United States. The council’s 11th annual report, released September 28,...more

Arkansas Department of Health Engineering Section: Website Redesign

The Arkansas Department of Health (“DOH”) discussed in Volume 30 (No. 3) of the Fall 2017 edition of the publication Arkansas Drinking Water Update the redesign of its webpage. An article authored by Jeff Stone noted that...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Governor Brown signs bill directing utilities to plan storage, DERs for peak demand - Utility Dive - Oct 12 - Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill directing utilities to plan...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approves Delta tunnels project - Sacramento Bee - Oct 10 - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) on Tuesday...more

Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Solicits Comments

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced the availability of the Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology (“Methodology”). ADEQ is providing a 30 day public comment....more

Court Declines to Vacate Environmental Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline, Permitting Oil to Flow during Remand

On October 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia declined to vacate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) Environmental Assessment (“EA”) of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the agency...more

Ninth Circuit: US Must Pay Share of CERCLA Cleanup Costs at Former Military Plant

by Morgan Lewis on

The decision could make it easier to recover from the government for CERCLA response costs at former defense production facilities and shift leverage in settlement discussions....more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The House is not in session this week. The Senate is in session. Senate Appropriations — Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies markup of the “Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations...more

Maryland Announces $3.5 Million In Funding For Animal Waste To Energy

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued a $3,500,000 funding opportunity for projects that use animal waste to generate electricity while reducing the environmental impacts that animal wastes can have on Maryland’s...more

Neste Issues Report On Changes In Energy, Transport, Chemical Markets

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 5, 2017, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced the publication of its business environment outlook titled “Taking Action on Climate Change.” The report provides...more

PNNL, WSU Partnership Produce Byproducts From Biofuel

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

A collaboration between researchers at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Washington State University (WSU) has led to the development of a method for converting hydrothermal...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California to create roadmap for commercializing microgrids - Microgrid Knowledge - Oct 6 - California is nearing the homestretch on a roadmap now being circulated for comment that aims to...more

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Strategic Plan: FY2018 – FY2019

By: Walter G. Wright Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Download PDF The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (“ANRC”) recently issued its Strategic Plan...more

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