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Minnesota Legislative Update: Committee-Level Movement Gets Underway

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Minnesota Legislature, in anticipation of the first committee deadline on March 22, continued to hear and move bills through policy committees this week. Legislative committees focused on Governor Dayton’s request for $10...more

Court Ruling Signals Potential Expansion of Civil RICO Liability to Include Automotive Suppliers in Emissions Violations Cases

by Dechert LLP on

A U.S. federal district court, on February 20, 2018, declined to dismiss class plaintiffs’ civil RICO claim against GM and a major automotive supplier, where plaintiffs alleged that GM and the supplier conspired to defraud...more

10-in-10 Infrastructure Series: Federal Agency Efforts to Streamline Permitting

by WilmerHale on

This is the second issue of WilmerHale's 10-in-10 Infrastructure Series. In this series, our attorneys share insights on current and emerging issues affecting infrastructure project developers in the United States....more

Proposed CEQA Guidelines Amendments Proceed Through Rulemaking Process

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Proposed changes include shifting the methodology for studying projects’ potential traffic impacts and clarifying the terms for deferred mitigation measures. The California Natural Resources Agency (the Agency) has given...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

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

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

Proposed CEQA Guideline for Highway Projects Promises Flexibility In the Measurement of Traffic Impacts, But Delivers Ambiguity

by Nossaman LLP on

In response to material opposition from many of the transportation agencies in the State, the California Natural Resources Agency has proposed to provide transportation agencies with the discretion to determine the metric...more

White House Releases Final Proposal to Streamline Infrastructure Permitting

by Perkins Coie on

On February 12, 2018, the White House released a set of proposals to streamline the federal environmental review process for infrastructure projects. The 55-page “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America”...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

Ninth Circuit’s Pro-Defense Decision in Hyundai Opens the Door for Class Certification Defenses

On January 23, 2018, in a 2-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit sent class-action lawyers into a tizzy when it handed down its decision in In re Hyundai and Kia Fuel Econ. Litig., No. 15-56067, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1626 (Jan. 23,...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - New state ballot measure would reward people who build rainwater collection systems - The Mercury News - Feb 1 Worried about California’s dry winter? Interested in installing a rainwater...more

Scalpel or Machete? A Look at How the White House Wants to Cut Back the Environmental Permitting Process

In his January 30, 2018 State of the Union address, the President declared that he had eliminated more regulations in his first year than any other administration’s first year. Part of that claim may arise out of a...more

Infrastructure Policy Developments in Year One of the Trump Administration

Despite campaign promises of a $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan during the first 100 days of the Trump administration, no infrastructure bill materialized in 2017. While President Donald Trump continues to state...more

California Energy Legislation Roundup 2017: A Focus on Protecting the Environment and Environmental Justice

by Morgan Lewis on

For energy industry observers, the 2017 California state legislative session produced a few significant bills (concerning extension of the cap and trade program and regulation of criteria air pollutants and toxic air...more

Recently Introduced Bill Takes New Approach to Reach Familiar Goal in California

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Over the past decade, California has passed sweeping legislation to cut greenhouse emissions in its efforts to slash emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. Phil Ting, a California Assemblymember, hopes his recently...more

First District Holds CEQA Exhaustion Requirements Don’t Apply to Attorney General, Upholds Adequacy of Most of EIR’s Analysis for...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a lengthy, partially published opinion filed January 12, 2018, the First District Court of Appeal (Division 3) partly affirmed, but in large part reversed, the trial court’s judgment granting a writ of mandate directing...more

Stormwater Utility Ordinance: U.S. District Court Addresses Whether Assessment Violates Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory...

A United States District Court (Western District Virginia)in a December 26th Memorandum Opinion (“Opinion”) addressed a challenge to a stormwater utility ordinance assessment. See Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. City of...more

Air Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Haverhill, Massachusetts School Bus Facility Operator Enter into Consent...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Coppola Bus, Inc. (“CBI”) entered into a December 12th Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) addressing alleged violations of certain Massachusetts Air...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Trump administration moves to expand oil and gas drilling off U.S. coasts - Los Angeles Times - Jan 4 The Trump administration, inviting a political backlash from coastal state leaders, on Thursday proposed to...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

Mobile Sources (Title II)/Air Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Curtiss, Wisconsin Refrigeration Transport...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Abbyland Trucking, Inc. (“ATI”) entered into a December 21, 2017, Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) addressing alleged violations of Section 203(a)(3)(A)...more

Neste Launches Online Platform For Sustainable Aviation Solutions

On December 21, 2017, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced the launch of its online hub focused on sustainable aviation solutions. is an online...more

Section 311/Clean Water Act Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Company Enter into Consent...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and HollyFrontier Transportation LLC (“HT”) entered into a December 8th Combined Complaint and Consent Agreement (“CA”) addressing an alleged violation of Section 311...more

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