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Prompt Reporting is Key to the Upset Defense

by Williams Mullen on

Companies discharging industrial process wastewater often face challenging circumstances at their wastewater treatment facilities. Unexpected equipment malfunctions or system failures can lead to discharges that exceed...more

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3.7 Million in Grants for Clean Energy Technology

On November 1, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $3.7 million in grants to increase the adoption of cost-saving clean energy technologies by Massachusetts low-income residents as part of the Commonwealth’s Affordable...more

House Finance Committee Approves Legislation to Repeal Dodd-Frank Act Mine Safety Disclosure Requirements

The House Financial Services Committee took a first step toward repeal of the mine safety disclosure requirements on November 15, 2017, with its approval of H.R. 4289. This bill proposes to eliminate the requirement...more

Interior Department and Forest Service Identify Burdens on Domestic Energy Development

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Report on the agencies’ review of programs provides a roadmap to understanding which energy policies the Trump administration will revise. Several federal agencies have now issued reports responding to Executive Order (EO)...more

A Comparison of the Energy Tax Changes in the Proposed House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

On November 9, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” and on November 14, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s...more

Army Corps of Engineers Floats Changes to Further Streamline Oil and Gas Pipeline Permitting

by Nossaman LLP on

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issues nationwide permits (NWPs) to authorize discharge of dredged or fill materials to waters of the U.S. (WOUS) that require Department of the Army permits under Section 404 of the...more

Massachusetts EDCs Issue New RFP For 100 MW Of New Solar PV Generation; Bids Due December 5

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Massachusetts electric distribution companies (EDCs), in consultation with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) have issued a new request for proposals (RFP) seeking offers from eligible solar photovoltaic (Solar PV)...more

Blockchain Energizer – Volume 17

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4...more

Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water Provides Environmental Policy Insights

by Williams Mullen on

Lee Forsgren was appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water in July 2017. We recently had the opportunity to hear him speak to a trade group where he discussed EPA’s priorities under the Trump...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - It was back to business as usual this week in Harrisburg, as the Senate returned for three days of voting session. While not in session, the House of Representatives was also busy, holding some public...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 35

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Ryan Hints at Short-Term Spending Bill: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday said Republicans might need a short-term spending bill to prevent a government shutdown on December 9. Ryan said the House GOP's goal is to pass a...more

Seven Individuals Charged with FCPA Criminal Violations

by Michael Volkov on

In a watershed week for FCPA enforcement, the US Department of Justice announced FCPA criminal charges against seven individuals. Specifically, the Justice Department announced four guilty pleas and one indictment as follow...more

House Committee Approves Bills that Would Repeal Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosure Requirements

by White & Case LLP on

On November 15, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee (the "Committee") approved two pieces of legislation that would repeal the conflict minerals and mine safety and health disclosure requirements promulgated under...more

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

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Japan

by White & Case LLP on

Past deals have almost all been approved, but 2017 amendments to FEFTA widened the scope of review and strengthened enforcement mechanisms - Under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA), the Ministry of...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

House and Senate Tax Reform Proposals Diverge on Energy Provisions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On November 2, House Republicans introduced H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Senate Republicans followed suit shortly thereafter, releasing their proposal on November 9. The House Ways & Means Committee concluded its markup...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

Senate Confirms David Zatezalo to Head MSHA

By a vote of 52-46, on November 15, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed David G. Zatezalo to be the new Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health. Zatezalo takes the position last held by Joseph A. Main, former...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

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