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Coming Soon to a Northeast or Mid-Atlantic State Near You: Regulations on Carbon Emissions From Transportation

On November 13, 2017, eight states in the Transportation Climate Initiative issued a joint statement pledging to pursue regional solutions to GHG emissions from transportation. The statement does not identify any specific...more

Underground Storage Tanks/Airport Hydrant Systems: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Addresses Question Regarding Aviation Fuel...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) periodically updates a “Compendium” which addresses revisions to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Subtitle I, Underground Storage Tank (“UST”)...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

Challenge to Electric-Drive/Hybrid-Drive Vehicle Fee: Supreme Court of Oklahoma Opinion

The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma (“Court”) issued an October 24th opinion addressing a challenge filed by the Sierra Club to Oklahoma legislation which created the Motor Fuels Tax Fee (“H.B. 1449 [ Legislation]”)...more

Government Warns of Threat Activity Targeting Critical Infrastructure through Third-Party Access

A cloak of secrecy usually covers covert government activities when it comes to the latest cyber threats and intelligence. But in a rare public statement, the U.S. government has warned that hackers are targeting government...more

Feds Warn of Critical Infrastructure Attacks as CT Releases Report on Utility Company Cyber-Readiness

by Murtha Cullina on

According to Reuters, late on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") and the FBI issued a warning in a report, sent to firms at risk of an attack, that critical infrastructure industries may have been targeted in...more

California considers transportation electrification

by PretiFlaherty on

California utility regulators are considering proposals by electric utilities to electrify the transportation sector. If the three largest electrical corporations' proposals are approved by the California Public Utilities...more

The Continued Growth of Drones in the Energy Sector

by Blank Rome LLP on

The energy industry continues to see a marked growth in the use of drones as they provide cost efficient and time-saving services. For example, drones are being utilized as a tool to accurately inspect oil and gas pipelines,...more

Fewer Diesel Options Available for 2018 Light Duty Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Consumer options for light duty diesel vehicles are expected to be slimmer next year. The U.S. Department of Energy and EPA released its preliminary 2018 Fuel Economy Guide, which lists just 11 light duty diesel vehicles,...more

Aviation and Petrochemical Industries Subject to Hacking by Iran

Hackers working on behalf of the Iranian government have been targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and South Korean since 2013, according to a report released by FireEye...more

DHS Approves Waiver of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke on Sept. 28, 2017, approved a waiver of the Jones Act in response to the severe impact Hurricanes Irma and Maria have had on Puerto Rico. The U.S. Department of Homeland...more

DHS: Final Decision Has Not Been Made on Jones Act Waiver for Puerto Rico

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sept. 27, 2017, said that it has not formally denied a Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico requested on Sept. 25 by Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and seven other members of the...more

Tesla Bringing Supercharger Stations to Boston and Chicago

On September 11th, Tesla announced the opening of Supercharger stations in downtown Boston and Chicago, representing the first step in the company’s effort to expand its Supercharger network into urban areas. The company...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Cal State Long Beach adds solar panels on campus - Long Beach Post - Sep 15 - To advance toward a goal of carbon neutrality on campus by 2030, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) recently...more

One Wrong Turn

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The road to the first class action against the Province of British Columbia - On May 3, 2017, the Honourable Justice Masuhara, of the British Columbia Supreme Court, certified the province’s first environmental class...more

China Joins the Club of Nations Planning Fossil Fuel Car Bans

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As this blog has reported over the last few months, several countries have announced their intention to ban the sale of internal combustion-powered cars in the coming years. But the latest to take this step — China — might be...more

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Re-Opened Midterm Review of MY 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas Standards and MY 2021 Standards

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) published a joint notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on EPA’s...more

DHS Extends Jones Act Waiver to Sept. 22 and Broadens Geographic Area Covered - Customs and Border Protection Issues Q&A...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has issued an extension of the original Sept. 8 Jones Act waiver to Sept. 22. The extended waiver, dated Sept. 11, 2017, but only recently posted by the U.S. Department of...more

Jones Act Waiver Extended in the Wake of Irma and Harvey

In the wake of fuel shortages arising from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Tuesday evening the US Customs and Border Protection (Customs) extended and expanded its September 8 waiver of the coastwise trade provisions of the Jones...more

If China Can Cap-and-Trade Auto Fuel, Why Can’t We?

Bloomberg reported earlier this week that: China will soon unveil a mandatory cap-and-trade credit program for electric cars, starting the countdown for carmakers to be in compliance with stricter rules on emissions and...more

Transportation/Hazardous Materials: August 15th U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Clarifying Security...

The United States Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) addressed in an August 15th letter the Hazardous Materials Regulations (“HMR”) security plan requirements. PHMSA was responding to two...more

Harvey/Regional Declaration of Emergency under 49 CFR § 390.23 : Limited Applicability to Arkansas Carriers

An August 31st Arkansas Oil Marketers Association (“AOMA”) publication conveyed a communication from the Chief of the Arkansas Highway Police (“AHP”) which included an August 25th Regional Declaration of Emergency under 49...more

Infrastructure Insights: Issue #7

Deadline Looms for FAA Reauthorization - Both the Senate and the House pushed taking action on their conflicting Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bills until after lawmakers returned from Labor Day, leaving...more

With Electric Cars on the Horizon, the Internal Combustion Engine Fights Back

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Turbulence in global fuel economy standards are putting new pressures on the automotive industry to shift its thinking on gasoline and electrification. In late July, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...more

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Re-Opened Midterm Review of MY 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas Standards and MY 2021 Standards

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) published a joint notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on EPA’s...more

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