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Framework for Regulatory Reviews: First-Order Conditions for Success

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Balanced Messaging with the Introduction of New Legislation - With the recent tabling of proposed legislation to reform the environmental and regulatory system for major projects, the federal government stated the...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #4

Dominion to Start Cove Point LNG Exports Early March - "Dominion Energy said it expects to start exporting liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal in Maryland, the second U.S. facility to produce LNG from shale...more

Utah Legislative Update: 2018 - Part One

by Holland & Hart LLP on

Utah’s Legislative session is underway. This annual event is a test of legislative speed and immune system stamina! It’s a special political-Olympic event that takes place over seven weeks of intense debate and budget...more

Administration Issues “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America”

Recently, the Trump Administration released a 53-page Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America of legislative proposals to rebuild American infrastructure, which it defines as surface transportation,...more

U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment Hearing/New Source Review Permitting – Challenges for Manufacturing...

The Subcommittee on Environment of the United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on February 14th entitled: New Source Review Permitting Challenges for Manufacturing of...more

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released - Details Local Agencies Need are Included

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Today, the White House released a legislative outline that, for the first time, provides details on the $1.5 trillion infrastructure package discussed by President Trump in recent weeks. ...more

Changes to RES Act in Poland

by Dentons on

The long-awaited latest version of the draft amendment of the Act of 20 February 2015 on Renewable Energy Sources (“RES Act”), the Act of 20 May 2016 on Investments in Wind Power Plants (“Distance Law”) and the Act of 7 July...more

Reshaping Canada’s Project Assessment Regime—Bill 69’s Ambitious Blueprint

by Bennett Jones LLP on

This article is Part II of a series that discusses the federal government’s proposed changes to Canada’s environmental regulatory regime governing project development and operation in Canada....more

Next Stop for Infrastructure Policy: Congress

by Nossaman LLP on

Last Monday the White House released its long-anticipated infrastructure proposal. While the Administration has taken executive action on a number of infrastructure-related issues over the past year, most notably relating to...more

Administration's Infrastructure Plan Supports Reuse of Brownfields and Superfund Sites

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Trump Administration released an ambitious $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on Feb. 12, 2018 – a plan that includes many provisions focused upon encouraging the reuse of contaminated brownfields and Superfund sites. ...more

Practical Impacts: changes to Canada's environmental assessment framework

by Dentons on

The Government of Canada introduced Bill C-69 in the House of Commons, proposing changes to how impacts from certain major projects are reviewed. The Bill is the product of a review process that began in January of 2016 to...more

Second Budget Proposal Proposes Significant Cuts to the Endangered Species Act Budget

by Nossaman LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the Trump Administration released a budget proposal that would reduce spending on various components of the Endangered Species Act by almost half, including listing determinations and protection of...more

President Trump Releases Infrastructure Proposal

by Downey Brand LLP on

On Monday, February 12, President Trump formally unveiled his proposed infrastructure package entitled “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America.” The proposal outlined the following main goals...more

FY 2019 President's Budget Request: Relevant Programmatic Figures

Various state environmental agency organizations have commented on the fiscal year 2019 President’s Budget Request (“Budget”). The organizations addressing the Budget include: The National Association of Clean Air...more

West Virginia Legislative Brief 2/16/2018

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

...Today was yet another day of teachers showing up in large numbers voicing their opposition and concern about the PEIA and teachers pay proposals. Worth noting, last Sunday representatives of the county affiliates of the...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #3

Trump Budget Seeks 23 Percent Cut at EPA, Eliminating Dozens of Programs - "The fiscal 2019 proposal released marks the Trump administration's latest attempt to shrink the reach of an agency the president once promised to...more

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan — Environmental Reviews, They Are a-Changin’

President Trump’s infrastructure plan includes a number of important proposals. My initial reaction is consistent with my view of many of the President’s initiatives – he gives regulatory reform a bad name. We do need to...more

Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program: Petroleum Marketers Association of America Notes Administration's 2019 Funding Proposal

A Petroleum Marketers Association of America (“PMAA”) February 13th publication noted the White House’s proposal for funding the federal leaking underground storage tank program. The Arkansas Oil Marketers Association is a...more

Environmental Enforcement Actions Could be Curtailed by New DOJ Policy

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

In a shift of federal policy with potentially sweeping implications for civil enforcement, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced it will no longer rely on guidance documents as the basis for bringing...more

A Quick Look at What's Ahead on the Water Infrastructure Front

by Downey Brand LLP on

I often joke with my clients that following issues too closely at the federal level can result in whiplash. To that regard, it has been a very active summer in Washington, DC on the water infrastructure front. Here’s a rapid...more

Round-up of Clean Air Developments from 2017

by Williams Mullen on

2017 was an unusual year for environmental regulation, particularly under the Clean Air Act. A new President and new EPA Administrator have brought about significant changes to the environmental policies of their...more

EPA Guidance Documents Are Not Enforceable Rules Says DOJ

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Companies regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have long complained that EPA too often uses guidance documents improperly, both to expand regulatory requirements beyond what the law permits and to avoid...more

The Fate of the CCR Rule “is” Still in Dispute

by Williams Mullen on

In May of last year, Environmental Notes reported on the many petitions that had been filed challenging EPA’s 2015 promulgation of a final waste management rule addressing the management and disposal of coal combustion...more

Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the White House unveiled its 55-page proposal for infrastructure investment, the Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure. The sweeping proposal seeks to inject funding into several key areas...more

Energy tax extenders package passed

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (2018 BBA) passed by Congress and signed into law on February 9, 2018, extends and changes tax credits for the renewable energy, alternative fuels and nuclear energy industries, and also...more

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