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Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenges to Arizona Highway Project

by Nossaman LLP on

On December 8, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected two challenges to the 20-mile South Mountain Freeway Project in Phoenix, Arizona. The decision is the latest in a series of court decisions...more

Battery Development in the Auto Industry Leads to Electrification of Ships and Planes

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With the release of the new Tesla semi-truck in November, the public’s attention was captured with the idea of emission-free movement of freight. In the United States, over 70% of freight is carried at some point by truck,...more

Energy Hot Topics at DLA Piper Africa Week (27 November - 1 December)

by DLA Piper on

The energy sector is a key driver of growth and development for the entire African continent. Energy infrastructure and investment is necessary in order to improve quality of life for people across the continent and to...more

Proposed “Comprehensive Update” to the State CEQA Guidelines Released - California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Following several years of public involvement, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research has just issued comprehensive Proposed Updates to the CEQA Guidelines. In addition to proposing changes or additions to nearly 30...more

Major Revisions to CEQA Guidelines Proposed - Measuring Transportation Impacts Under CEQA: The Paradigm Shift to Vehicle Miles...

by Nossaman LLP on

The paradigm shift in the evaluation of the transportation impacts of road and development projects has arrived. The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) announced the most comprehensive and far-reaching...more

Fifth District Holds Cap-And-Trade Program Compliance Supports Refinery Project EIR’s Conclusion That GHG Emissions Are Less Than...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a lengthy, partially published opinion filed November 21, 2017, the Fifth District Court of Appeal addressed four CEQA challenges asserted by plaintiffs and appellants (“AIR”) to the sufficiency of Kern County’s 2014 Final...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Top energy storage projects driving the sector in 2017 - Utility Dive - Nov 28 2017 could go down as the year regulated utilities took the lead in energy storage. Several of the most notable energy storage...more

European Union Proposes Stricter Emissions Targets and Incentives For Electric Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 8, the European Commission proposed a new set of emissions standards for vehicles, starting in 2030. The standards include a further 30% CO2 emissions reduction for new cars and vans, on top of the standards in...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - High-speed rail authority says environmental reviews won't be completed until 2020 - Los Angeles Times - Nov 15 The California High-Speed Rail Authority announced Tuesday evening that it would not meet its...more

SANDAG RTP/SCS EIR Redux: Is Fourth District’s Published Opinion on Remand Constructive CEQA Compliance Lesson or Moot Exercise?

by Miller Starr Regalia on

When it comes to CEQA cases, some courts don’t seem to know when to stop beating a dead horse. So it may be with the Fourth District Court of Appeal’s 43-page, published, 2-1 majority decision, accompanied by a 4-page...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Kilroy celebrates new solar project in Carmel Valley - Del Mar Times - Nov 9 Kilroy Realty celebrated its new solar project with a ribbon-cutting event on November 2 at Kilroy Centre Del...more

Stormwater Regulation and Fees Will Impact Auto Dealers

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Municipalities throughout Pennsylvania are in the process of implementing local stormwater ordinances and fees that will likely impact many auto dealers. Recent changes to federal and state laws have forced municipalities to...more

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

Germany Holds Expert Dialogue on Nanotechnologies in the Automotive Sector

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 26-27, 2017, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) held an Expert Dialogue regarding the opportunities and risks of the application of nanotechnologies...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 EHS Manager's Guide to the Pitfalls of HAZMAT Shipping: Cathy Webb (Harbor Environmental) Arkansas Environmental Federation...

Ms. Cathy Webb, MS, CQA, CQE undertook a presentation at the Arkansas Environmental Federation Convention and Tradeshow titled: The EHS Manager’s Guide to: The Pitfalls of HAZMAT Shipping (“Presentation”) ...more

China Prioritises Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors in Overseas Investment

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Chinese government has announced a US$4 trillion investment in developing infrastructure globally under the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI). Under the BRI the Chinese government will spend US$750 billion on overseas...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

California’s Bullet Train Can’t Sidestep CEQA, Court Says

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As physical signs of California’s $64 billion railroad project come into focus across the State, a potential faceoff with the federal government regarding its jurisdiction over state environmental laws, at least with regard...more

The Little Hoover Commission Issues Report on Special Districts

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Little Hoover Commission released its highly anticipated report entitled “Special Districts: Improving Oversight & Transparency” last week. This was the Commission’s first look at special districts since it last studied...more

Volkswagen Settlement Offers Funding For Clean Transportation Upgrades

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Local governments and businesses considering investments in clean transportation projects may find funding opportunities resulting from partial settlements in the Volkswagen “clean diesel” emissions litigation. The U.S....more

USDOT Agencies Propose New Rule to Eliminate Duplication of Environmental Reviews for Transportation Projects

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), (U.S. DOT) have published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on DOT’s Program for Eliminating...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

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

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