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Nebraska Approves Route for Keystone Pipeline XL

by King & Spalding on

On November 20, 2017, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a route for the Keystone XL Pipeline (Pipeline) to pass through Nebraska. Although the approval is a significant milestone for the Pipeline and the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Groups file lawsuit to undo Trump administration’s approval of Cadiz project - San Bernardino Sun - Nov 28 Three conservation and health safety groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the...more

Second Annual Arizona Drone Summit Held in Mesa

by Snell & Wilmer on

Earlier this month in collaboration with the Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation, Arizona UAS Magazine produced and organized Arizona’s second annual Arizona UAS Summit & Expo at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at...more

PA Legislation Transfers “One Call” Enforcement Responsibilities to PUC

by Cozen O'Connor on

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed Senate Bill 242 into law, a legislative initiative designed to make significant changes to Pennsylvania’s “One Call System,” a warning system for excavators that helps them avoid...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - White House receives recommendations that could open national marine sanctuaries to oil drilling - San Jose Mercury News - Oct 27 Six months after President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approves Delta tunnels project - Sacramento Bee - Oct 10 - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) on Tuesday committed...more

Court Rejects BLM’s Efforts to Unbalance the Scales of Justice

On October 4, 2017, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte granted summary judgment to plaintiffs and vacated the Bureau of Land Management’s notice that it was postponing certain compliance dates contained in the Obama BLM rule...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. cities increasingly focused on resilience, but funding challenges persist - Urban Land - Aug 14 - The increased emphasis being placed by cities on embedding resilience into...more

EIR Need Not Analyze Consistency With GHG Executive Order

Cleveland National Forest Foundation et al. v. San Diego Association of Governments et al. (July 13, 2017, Case No. S223603) - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court upheld the San Diego Association of Governments’...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court upholds restrictions on Encinitas seawall - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 6 - The California Supreme Court dealt a blow Thursday to two coastal property...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California extends emergency drought regulations despite heavy rain and snow - Sacramento Bee - Feb 8 - The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on...more

CalEnviroScreen 3.0 – Still the Wrong Tool for CEQA Review

On January 9, 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an “Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool,”...more

EPA Identifies First Ten Chemical Substances For Evaluation Under New TSCA

As we outlined earlier this year, the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) was recently updated to provide EPA with much broader authority to regulate “existing” chemical substances (i.e., those that are already in use in...more

Washington State Department of Ecology Proposes GHG Limits in “Clean Air Rule”

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) kicked off what promises to be a busy year in state-level greenhouse gas (“GHG”) regulation by releasing a first draft of the Washington Clean Air Rule (the “Rule” or the...more

What Is a Water of the United States? EPA and the Corps Make It Easier To Know What They Think

While the litigation over the WOTUS rule wends its tortuous way through the courts, EPA and the Corps have not been idle. Earlier this month, they jointly issued a memorandum on their plans for improving the permitting...more

EPA'S Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rules May Impose Significant Burdens on Health Care Facilities - Comment Period Runs Until...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has promulgated its proposed regulation of “hazardous waste pharmaceuticals,” i.e., pharmaceutical residues discarded from health care facilities which also meet EPA’s long-standing...more

Environmental Update – Proposed Hazardous Waste Rule for Pharmaceuticals

by Butler Snow LLP on

On August 31, 2015, the EPA proposed new regulations for the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals at healthcare facilities. First and foremost, the proposed rule prohibits the flushing of any hazardous waste...more

Don’t Flush the Drugs! The EPA is Coming!

by BakerHostetler on

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a pre-publication Proposed Rule (40 C.F.R. part 266, subpart P) regulating the management and disposal of drugs deemed “hazardous waste pharmaceuticals” by healthcare...more

Ninth Circuit Invalidates EPA Approval of Controversial Pesticide

by Perkins Coie on

In a major victory for beekeepers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has vacated the EPA’s approval of the pesticide sulfoxaflor, concluding that the approval was based on “flawed and limited data” regarding...more

EPA Proposes Changes to Hazardous Waste Generator Rules and a New Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing two new hazardous waste rules that EPA believes will strengthen environmental protection and reduce regulatory burdens. The first is an update to the hazardous...more

EPA Proposes New Rules for Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Management and for Other Hazardous Waste Generators

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced two new proposed hazardous waste rules that EPA believes would clarify and simplify requirements for health care facilities and retail pharmacies to manage their...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, August 2015

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

EPA Issues Direct Final Rule On Significant New Use Notification Electronic Reporting: On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule amending the Toxic Substances Control Act...more

White House Announces Plans To Revise the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

by BakerHostetler on

The White House, through the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), announced a major initiative to overhaul the regulation of biotechnology products (OSTP Memo), which are products developed through genetic...more

Maui GMO Ban Overturned; Federal Court Remains Consistent on Preemption Analysis

by BakerHostetler on

This week, the federal district court in Hawaii struck down a Maui County law imposing a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered organisms (GE plants, or GMOs). This decision is the third of three challenges...more

Canadian Province Finalizes Neonic Reduction Rule

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Canadian province of Ontario has issued its final regulations under the Ontario Pesticides Act aimed at reducing the area planted with maize and soybean seed treated with neonicotinoid insecticides. These changes have...more

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