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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

Trump and the Oil Patch One Year In

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Let’s take a look at what President Trump has done for the oil industry in his first year (This is not about decorum, dossiers, tweets, or Oprah’s inauguration.) As in the past I refer to sources whose opinions and insights...more

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part II - Housing and Land Use, Environment, Public Property/Public Works and Economic...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Legislature was busy in 2017, which means plenty of laws passed in Sacramento that will impact public agencies. In this three-part series, Best Best & Krieger LLP gives a comprehensive summary of the new laws...more

Section 401 Water Quality Certification/Clean Water Act: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Rejects Pipeline's Waiver Argument

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order on Petition for Declaratory Order (“Order”) addressing Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC’s (“Constitution”) January 11th Petition for Declaratory Order...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

EPA Adjusts For Inflation The Maximum Civil Penalties For Violations Of Environmental Statutes

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: EPA has promulgated its new per violation penalty rules for 2018. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has again issued final regulations adjusting the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for...more

2018 Environmental, Health, and Safety Outlook for Manufacturers

Reduced Regulation - We all know that one of President Trump’s goals is to streamline and minimize regulations. Among other things, Executive Order 13771 indicated that, for every regulation to be passed, two had to be...more

Second District Holds Melrose Triangle Project EIR’s Alternatives Analysis and Responses to Comments Comply with CEQA, Upholds...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In an opinion filed on November 30, and belatedly ordered published on December 22, 2017, the Second District Court of Appeal, Division 1, affirmed the trial court’s judgment denying all CEQA challenges asserted by...more

DOI Reverses Course and Declares Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does Not Prohibit Incidental Take

by Jackson Walker on

In a legal memorandum (the “Jorjani Memo”) issued on December 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior (“DOI”) concluded that the MBTA’s prohibition of taking migratory birds only applies to intentional take and does not...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. Sow-Farrowing Facility (Newton County, Arkansas): Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Denial of...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) public noticed the denial of an application for an Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Regulation 5 permit by C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (“C&H”). Regulation...more

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

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

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

Buffalo River Watershed-Based Management Plan: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Issues Draft

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (“ANRC”) issued a 622-page draft document titled: Buffalo River Watershed-Based Management Plan (“Management Plan”) ...more

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act/Superfund Award: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced in a January 8th news release that it is awarding $71,430 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”). The award is stated to be provided...more

Nutrient Criteria/Clean Water Act: Ozark Waters Article Notes Missouri Clean Water Commission Adoption

The January edition of the Ozarks Water Watch publication Ozark Waters references the recent adoption by the Missouri Clean Water Commission (“Commission”) of Clean Water Act nutrient criteria for Missouri lakes and streams....more

Hazardous Waste Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Union County, Arkansas Chemical Manufacturing...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and The Chemours Company FC, LLC (“Chemours”) entered into a December 8th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of Arkansas Pollution...more

Abandoned Underground Storage Tanks: December 2017 Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials Report

The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (“ASTSWMO”) issued a December 2017 report titled: Summary of State Programs and Data on Abandoned Underground Storage Tanks and Facilities...more

The Past Year In CEQA Case Law: A Quick Look Back at 2017

by Miller Starr Regalia on

As we move into a brand new year of tracking CEQA developments, it seems like an appropriate time to survey and briefly recap some of the many significant published case law developments that occurred over the past...more

CEQA Year In Review 2017

by Perkins Coie on

A Summary of Published Appellate Opinions Under the California Environmental Quality Act - In 2017, the California Supreme Court issued two decisions involving highly controversial questions of first impression. In the...more

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

by Perkins Coie on

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

Potential benefits of microgrids for hospitals

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

For hospitals, a major power outage can pose a serious threat to the health of patients. In the wake of various hurricanes and severe storms in 2017, there has been a renewed focus on ways to increase reliability and...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

EPA Regulatory Agenda Shows Continued Retrenching

by Burr & Forman on

In mid-December, EPA issued its semi-annual regulatory agenda reflecting rulemaking activities scheduled for 2018 and beyond. The overall announcement is reflected in the EPA press release and detailed explanations are...more

Environmental Law Conference to Provide Updates On Current and Developing Issues Practitioners Will Need to Know in 2018

by Nossaman LLP on

On February 9, 2018, Nossaman veteran Environmental Law attorney Steven Quarles will be serving as a member of the faculty for the American Law Institute (ALI) CLE program, Environmental Law 2018. The full conference, held...more

Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Sword of Damocles

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• A U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) legal memo has found that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) applies only to purposeful "take" and does not apply to otherwise lawful activities. • The memo specifically...more

Department Of Interior Declares That Only Deliberate Acts Constitute Take Of Migratory Birds

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor issued Memorandum M-37050, on December 22, 2017, which adopts the position that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) prohibition on the “taking” or “killing” of...more

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