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Muddy Waters: Stormwater Permits Not Meant to Control Flooding or Flood Losses

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Those living in communities subject to North Carolina Stormwater Permits or local stormwater management easement agreements are increasingly alarmed as rainy weather, even without a named storm, causes property to saturate...more

EPA Memo Signals Plant Improvement Opportunities

by Jones Day on

A policy memorandum issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) during December 2017 clarifies how the agency will apply and enforce certain facets of the New Source Review regulations following a pair of...more

Highly Anticipated En Banc Fifth Circuit Opinion Reframes Maritime Contract Analysis

by Liskow & Lewis on

In a highly anticipated ruling, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its en banc decision in In re: Larry Doiron, Inc., No. 16-30217 (5th Cir. Jan. 8, 2018). The case called upon the court to determine...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

D.C. Circuit Rejects All Industry Challenges to OSHA’s New Silica Standards

On Friday, December 22, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected all of American industry’s many challenges to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new silica dust...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

BREAKING NEWS: Congress Sends Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to President Trump’s Desk for Signing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has been passed by both houses of Congress and is now set to be signed into law by President Trump. The vote was 224-201 in the House with all the Democrats joined by twelve Republicans voting...more

West Viriginia Supreme Court Applies Doctrine Of Severability To Enforce Lease’s Arbitration Provision, Despite Other Provisions...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

SWN Prod. Co., LLC v. Long, 2017 W. Va. LEXIS 892 (W. Va. Oct. 18, 2017) - Respondents Richard and Mary Long (“Respondents” or “Lessors”) brought a state court action against Petitioner SWN Production Company, LLC...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - ‘Microtransit’ helps cities expand transportation services - Governing - Dec 11 For several years, private companies have tried to fill the last-mile gap in public transit systems by...more

Mexico to Bid P3 Contract for Private HVDC Line in Baja California

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, the power industry opened investment and contracting opportunities that were once reserved to the State. In case of transmission and distribution activities, the Mexican State still keeps...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2017

by King & Spalding on

Environmental Citizen Suits—A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration - In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the...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

West Virginia, Tightening the Belt, and Growth - Financing Public Improvements in Lean Budget Times

Since 2008, many state and local governments around the country have faced budget challenges. As lawmakers struggle to produce balanced budgets in the face of declining revenues, investment in public improvements, such as...more

House and Senate Tax Bills Target Renewable Energy Projects

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The U.S. Senate passed its version of a bill to overhaul the U.S. tax code on Dec. 2, 2017, and is now working with the House of Representatives to reconcile its bill with the House's version, passed in November. The goal of...more

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): Will Gruber (Pulaski County) Brownfield Presentation

Harbor Environmental and Pulaski County, Arkansas jointly sponsored a November 15th seminar held in North Little Rock, Arkansas addressing a variety of Arkansas Brownfield issues...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

Senate Tax Proposal Provides Encouraging News for Wind

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch recently released his Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Senate Proposal) in advance of the Senate Finance Committee markup scheduled to begin today. The Senate...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

The GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Includes Changes Impacting the Renewable Energy Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 3rd, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R. Tex.) released the “chairman’s mark” to H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (TCJA). The TCJA represents the most extensive rewrite of the Internal...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

A Lesson on Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Solar Construction

Late last year, a federal trial court in New York awarded a solar development company $11.6 million in damages against Suffolk County arising out of a dispute on a multi-site carport solar construction project. The basis for...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green building rapidly becoming established part of home construction Proud Green Building - Sep 28 - Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single family and...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

Connecticut Makes Favorable Changes to its Commercial PACE Financing Program

On July 11, 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly enacted H.B. 7208 (“Revised C-PACE Statute”) to make several minor changes to the existing statute governing the State’s commercial property assessed clean energy (or...more

Case Note on MT Højgaard A/S v E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited and another – [2017] UKSC 59

by King & Spalding on

On 3 August 2017, the Supreme Court of England and Wales handed down its decision in the case of MT Højgaard A/S v E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited and another – [2017] UKSC 59, finding in favour of the...more

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