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The Sting of a Thousand Cuts - China Cleans Up its Act on the Environment

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On October 18, 2017, President Xi Jinping, in a three and a half hour speech to the Party Congress emphasized that building an ecological civilization is necessary for the continued development of China. He chose his words...more

Restoring Lives and Revitalizing Communities: Josh Fout (Pulaski County) Brownfield Presentation

Harbor Environmental and Pulaski County jointly sponsored a November 15th seminar held in North Little Rock, Arkansas addressing a variety of Arkansas Brownfield issues. Mr. Josh Fout, who serves as Pulaski County...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - November 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Absence of Private Activity Bonds from House Tax Proposal Could Hurt Affordable Housing - While a lot of people are discussing the ways in which the tax proposals coming out of Congress will impact personal and corporate...more

Court May Seek Clarification From Agency Regarding Issue In Pending Litigation

by Perkins Coie on

The Sixth District Court of Appeal held that a trial court in a mandamus action had the inherent power to remand to the Board of Supervisors for clarification regarding an ambiguous general plan consistency finding. The...more

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Office of Air Quality Newsletter: Fall 2017 Edition

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) Office of Air Quality publishes a quarterly newsletter (“Newsletter). The Fall 2017 edition was recently published....more

Overflows/Wastewater Enforcement: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Dyersburg, Tennessee Enter into Consent...

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (“TDEC”) and the City of Dyersburg, Tennessee (“City”) entered into an October 9th Consent Agreement and Assessment (“CAA”) addressing alleged violations involving...more

Environmental Protection is Enshrined as Official Ideology in China Amid Major Reforms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Xi announces a comprehensive, 14-point reform policy that has long-term implications for companies with business interests in China. Key Points: ..President Xi Jinping has formalized a national commitment to...more

House of Representatives Seeks To Clarify Lack Of Liability for Incidental and Accidental Take under Migratory Bird Treaty Act

by Nossaman LLP on

On November 8, 2017, the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved an amendment to oil and gas-related legislation, the SECURE Act (H.R. 4239), that is intended to obviate liability for the incidental...more

Cascades Frog Takes Another Leap Toward Listing under CESA

by Nossaman LLP on

On October 17, 2017, the California Fish and Game Commission (“Commission”) published notice of its preliminary positive finding on a petition to list the Cascades frog (Rana cascadae) as threatened or endangered under the...more

Prompt Reporting is Key to the Upset Defense

by Williams Mullen on

Companies discharging industrial process wastewater often face challenging circumstances at their wastewater treatment facilities. Unexpected equipment malfunctions or system failures can lead to discharges that exceed...more

When Governmental Entities Collide – Local Zoning Codes May Be The Loser

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A recent decision by the Appellate Division decided that a village zoning code was inapplicable to a water district. As a result, the water district was able to proceed with replacement of one of its massive elevated water...more

Interior Department and Forest Service Identify Burdens on Domestic Energy Development

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Report on the agencies’ review of programs provides a roadmap to understanding which energy policies the Trump administration will revise. Several federal agencies have now issued reports responding to Executive Order (EO)...more

Army Corps of Engineers Floats Changes to Further Streamline Oil and Gas Pipeline Permitting

by Nossaman LLP on

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issues nationwide permits (NWPs) to authorize discharge of dredged or fill materials to waters of the U.S. (WOUS) that require Department of the Army permits under Section 404 of the...more

Additional Eruv Disputes in New Jersey

We recently posted about a lawsuit filed by Bergen Rockland Eruv Association, Inc. (“BREA”) against the Township of Mahwah, New Jersey, regarding a dispute over the expansion of an eruv. Since then, eruv disputes have evoked...more

Power to the Public: DEIR’s Failure to Identify Proposed Project Among Handful of Vastly Different Analyzed Alternatives Violates...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a published opinion filed November 15, 2017, the First District Court of Appeal (Division 5) affirmed the trial court’s order granting a petition for writ of mandate setting aside the California Department of Parks and...more

U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board: Fairhaven, Massachusetts Petition Challenging NPDES Permit Nitrogen Limit

The Town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts (“Fairhaven”) filed an October 27th Petition for Review before the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Environmental Appeals Board (“EAB”). Fairhaven is challenging...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #2

Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA - "In a strict party-line vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The vote to...more

Prevailing Wages: SB 96

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The following Q&A were from a recent Best Best & Krieger LLP free webinar “SB 96: Department of Industrial Relations’ New Prevailing Wage Penalties.” The webinar was presented as part of an ongoing series...more

City Prevails in Home Design Dispute - City of Lafayette Represented by Partners Scott Ditfurth and Mala Subramanian

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Best Best & Krieger LLP partners Scott Ditfurth and Mala Subramanian successfully represented the City of Lafayette in a dispute with homeowners over their proposed home building plan. In a fight that centered on maintaining...more

Animal Waste Emissions from Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA, under the guns of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

by Ruder Ware on

Introduction - Let me be Captain Obvious here. When the title is that long, the topic, including its context and history, is convoluted. Let’s start at the end, work our way toward the beginning, and come full circle. On...more

LUPC Proposes New Rules Allowing Grid-Scale Solar Facilities

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Responding to increasing interest in developing grid-scale solar farms in Maine’s unorganized territory, the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) yesterday proposed a rulemaking to allow development of grid-scale solar energy...more

Extension of Property Tax Discount in Miami-Dade and Potentially Other Counties

by Bilzin Sumberg on

On September 4, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order 17-235 in response to anticipated severe damage across Florida due to Hurricane Irma. The Executive Order granted the Florida Department of Revenue authority to...more

Orange County Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Though over 71% of Florida voters in 2016 approved Amendment 2 to allow medical marijuana, the numbers were higher in Orange County. Over 73% of Orange County voters said yes to Amendment 2, and that support was reflected in...more

Podcast Episode 11 - Damaging Clauses with Professor Maureen "Molly" Brady

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 11, Professor Molly Brady from the University of Virginia joins us to discuss damaging clauses and her recent law review article. She has...more

2015 Ground-Level Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Notes State-Wide...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has stated that Arkansas is in attainment state-wide with the 2015 Ground-Level National Ambient Air...more

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