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Endangered Species Act (ESA)

End of the Road for the Utah Prairie Dog’s Iconic Commerce Clause Status

Last March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit revered the District Court’s ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) could not subject the Utah Prairie Dog to Endangered Species Act-protected...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

Environmental Law Conference to Provide Updates On Current and Developing Issues Practitioners Will Need to Know in 2018

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On February 9, 2018, Nossaman veteran Environmental Law attorney Steven Quarles will be serving as a member of the faculty for the American Law Institute (ALI) CLE program, Environmental Law 2018. The full conference, held...more

Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2018

I. UNITED STATES: CHEMICAL FORECAST - Predictions and Outlook for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention 2018 - What a difference a year makes. To some extent, the...more

Ninth Circuit Partially Reverses Agencies’ Sea Turtle and Migratory Bird Conclusions Related to Swordfish Fishery Expansion

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On December 27, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit partially reversed and remanded a decision by the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, delaying if not derailing an expansion in...more

DC Court of Appeals Issues Two Significant Administrative Law Decisions Regarding Whether APA Applies Or Not

In late December 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued two significant administrative law decisions in the cases of Safari Club Int’l and Nat’l Rifle Assoc. of Am. v. Zinke (decided...more

End of the Year Endangered Species Round-Up

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As 2018 approaches, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) made a few announcements that will likely impact the list of threatened and endangered species. In these last 11 days of 2017, the Service announced 90-day...more

Endangered Species Act: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Request for Public Comment on Incidental Take Permit Applications to...

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) issued a December 5th Federal Register Notice asking for public comment on federally listed American burying-beetle incidental take permit applications. See 82 Fed. Reg....more

Administration Announces Comprehensive Revisions to Endangered Species Act Implementing Regulations

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In the Fall 2017 publication of the Unified Agenda of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Department of the Interior announced its intent to revise the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s regulations governing...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

Floodplains and Flood Risk: A Brief Overview of Changing Management Responsibilities

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When it comes to how our communities address flood risk and protect populations and economies from flooding, no one government agency is in charge. Instead, there are multiple agencies at the federal, state, and local levels,...more

The Power of the Purse, and What That Potentially Means This Holiday Season

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Long ago, the framers of the Constitution decided to separate the federal government’s powers into three branches, with each branch acting as a check on the other. Broadly speaking, the legislative branch writes the law, the...more

Cascades Frog Takes Another Leap Toward Listing under CESA

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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

Interior Department and Forest Service Identify Burdens on Domestic Energy Development

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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

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeking Comments on Mitigation Policies

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has requested public comment on its revised Mitigation Policy and the Endangered Species Act Compensatory Mitigation Policy (ESA-CMP)....more

Ninth Circuit Confirms That “Good Faith Belief” Defense Under The ESA Is Governed By A Subjective Standard

On October 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated the Dan Calver Wallen’s conviction for killing three grizzly bears in violation of the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. §§ 1531 et seq. (ESA). The case...more

Department of the Interior Announces Actions to Expedite Energy Development with Potential Consequences for Listed Species

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On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released a report entitled “Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy” identifying agency actions that potentially...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | October 2017

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The use of beauty products is “an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures” with a disparate effect on women of color, George Washington University and Occidental College researchers argue. Ami R. Zota, et al.,...more

Trump Administration Reconsiders Greater Sage Grouse Plans

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It has been a busy October for the greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). On October 11, 2017, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its intention to amend the existing greater sage grouse habitat management...more

Endangered Species Act/Notice of Intent to Sue: Environmental Groups Allege Violations Associated with Highway Construction

The Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”) sent an October 16th Notice of Intent to Sue for Violations of the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) in regards to the Longmeadow Parkway, Huntley Road and Illinois Route 62...more

Fish and Wildlife Service Makes 12-Month Findings, Denies ESA Protections for 25 Species

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On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (“Service”) announced 12-month “not warranted” findings on petitions to list 25 species as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). It...more

Climate change liability? The escape of the salmon

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Many industries are increasingly concerned with predicting the damage that climate change will cause to people, business and the environment. And businesses are asking themselves a related question: what can be done to...more

Endangered Species Act Reform - Wolves, Dollars, Data

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In July we reported on five bills that propose to amend various aspects of the Endangered Species Act: - H.R. 2603 – would remove listings of non-native species; - H.R. 717 – would modify the process for listing...more

Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Denial of ESA Protections for Two Species

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On Friday, September 29, 2017, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (“Service”) announced its withdrawal of the proposed rule listing the Kenk’s amphipod (Stygobromus kenki), an aquatic crustacean, as an endangered species under...more

Proposed Changes To The Endangered Species Act Pit Animals Against Industry

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Congressional Republicans have proposed five separate bills that, if passed, would reduce current protections for endangered and threatened species in the name of promoting business development and cost-saving. ...more

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