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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

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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. Decarbonizingaviation.com 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

California Continues to Drive Toward Lower NOx Standards for Heavy-Duty Diesels

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On January 12, 2018, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will conduct a public workshop regarding CARB staff’s potential amendments to California’s heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) emission warranty requirements. According to...more

Salt Transloading Facility: Court Addresses Whether Local Ordinance is Preempted by Federal Statute

A United States District Court addressed in a December 7th opinion whether the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (“Act”) preempted a Vermont town’s ordinance regulating a salt transloading facility. See Vermont...more

The Fall 2017 Unified Federal Regulatory Agenda

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Office of Management and Budget(Administration) has posted the Fall 2017 Agency Statements of Regulatory Priorities, and what follows is a selection of future environmental...more

DC Circuit Reinstates Federal NEPA Review and Approval of Purple Line Transit Project

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On December 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a long-awaited ruling upholding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review for the new light-rail Purple Line in Maryland. As previously...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - ‘Microtransit’ helps cities expand transportation services - Governing - Dec 11 For several years, private companies have tried to fill the last-mile gap in public transit systems by...more

Legal report on electromobility

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This report prepared within our DLA Piper Electromobility Team in Poland presents a number of issues concerning the development of electromobility and the applicable legal framework in six European countries: Germany,...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenges to Arizona Highway Project

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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)

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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

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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

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