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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

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

California May Need up to 2,000 MW of New Battery Energy Storage Resources by 2030, Commission Finds

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On February 8, 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) adopted a new procurement process in a decision which suggested that 2,000 MW of new battery energy storage resources may be needed in California by...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

The President Is Pushing Infrastructure, But Not So Much Through the Corps’ Civil Works Program

by Downey Brand LLP on

Today the Administration released its FY19 budget proposal. As you likely know, the budget proposal signifies the starting point for the annual appropriations cycle which will play out in Congress over the course of the...more

Water and Wastewater Workforce: January 2018 U.S. Government Accountability Office Report Addressing Recruiting

The United States Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a January 2018 report titled: Water and Wastewater Workforce – Recruiting Approaches Help Industry Hire Operators, but Additional EPA Guidance Could Help...more

Government of Alberta Announces New Rounds of Renewable Electricity Program

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On February 5, 2018, the Government of Alberta announced information on the second and third rounds of its Renewable Electricity Program (REP)....more

Connecticut Issues New RFP For Offshore Wind, Fuel Cell, And Anaerobic Digestion Projects; Sets April 2018 Deadline For Bid...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued a request for proposals to procure up to 899,250 MWh/year of renewable energy and associated Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from...more

The State AG Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 AG Elections- North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Announces Bid for Reelection- North Dakota AG Wayne Stenehjem declared his intention to run for reelection to a sixth term in 2018. ...more

DOJ Issues Memorandum Precluding Reliance on Agency Guidance in Enforcement Cases

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Jan. 25, 2018, the Associate Attorney General issued a memorandum limiting use of agency guidance documents in affirmative civil enforcement cases brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In a move which could have...more

Supreme Court Sends Challenges to Clean Water Rule to Federal District Courts

by Perkins Coie on

In a unanimous decision on January 22, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that challenges to the Obama administration’s 2015 Clean Water Rule must be brought in federal district courts rather than directly in the courts of appeals....more

U.S. Supreme Court “Waters of the United States” Ruling May Lead to Confusion and Uncertainty in Waters and Wetlands Regulatory...

The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense that legal challenges to an Obama Administration regulation defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS)...more

Agencies Seek Public Comment On Extension Of ICR On Biobased Procurements Data

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On December 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued in the Federal Register a notice of request for public...more

The Western States’ Plan for EV Charging Infrastructure – Lessons Learned and Things to Watch

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 4, 2017, the Governors of a number of western states signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) to lay the foundation for work on a regional electric vehicle (“EV”) infrastructure development plan called the...more

Criminal Enforcement/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act: United States Department of Justice Announces Guilty Plea of Metal...

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced in an October 18th news release that Phillip Michael Huddleston pleaded guilty to violating the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (“RCRA”). DOJ states alleges that...more

Clean Robotics: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Accepting Funding Proposals for Innovative Robotics Solutions, Investment and...

On September 27, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) released a Request for Proposals seeking applications to the InnovateMass program, which provides up to $250,000 in grant funding for clean energy and water...more

Ninth Circuit Requires US to Pay Defense Contractor Cleanup Costs

by WilmerHale on

On October 4, the Ninth Circuit reversed the District Court for the Southern District of California's decision to allocate to a government contractor 100 percent of cleanup costs for hazardous contamination at a manufacturing...more

U.S. Reversed on 100% Allocation to Contractor

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court decision allocating 100% of CERCLA response to costs to a U.S. military contractor, where both the U.S. and the contractor were liable parties. TDY Holdings,...more

Ninth Circuit: defense contractors need not shoulder wartime cleanups alone

by DLA Piper on

A recent decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal rejected a lower court finding that the US government had no responsibility for cleaning up site contamination arising, in part, from work done to support the...more

The Fifth Circuit Restricts BSEE's Enforcement Authority Over Offshore Contractors in the Gulf of Mexico

On Wednesday, September 27, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an important decision in United States vs. Moss, No. 16-30561 that limits the authority of the federal government to bring enforcement actions...more

Hurricane Waivers and Infrastructure Funding [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update highlights: (i) the unprecedented nature of the recent Jones Act waiver, (ii) available infrastructure funding through the TIGER program, (iii)...more

Illinois Announces Winning Bids for New Wind and Solar Project REC Contracts

by Bryan Cave on

Pursuant to Section 16-111.5 (e) of the Illinois Public Utilities Act, the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”) convened a special meeting on September 7, 2017, to vote on whether to approve the recommendations of the...more

Agencies Request Public Comment On Collection Of Biobased Procurements Data

On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued in the Federal Register a notice of request for public...more

Time Will Tell Whether Trump Executive Order Succeeds in Reducing Time for Federal Environmental Review and Permits for Major...

On August 15, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13807 (EO 13807), which seeks to streamline federal environmental review and approvals of major infrastructure projects by imposing new timelines and procedures. The...more

Executive Order Set to Expedite Permitting and Authorization of Infrastructure Projects

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

During the campaign and thus far in the current administration, the President has prioritized the modernization of the Nation’s infrastructure and promised a $1 trillion investment plan to help fund that vision. There is rare...more

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