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SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standard: May 15th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Federal Register Notice Announcing...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in a May 15th Federal Register Notice announced the availability of two documents titled: Risk and Exposure Assessment for the Review of the Primary National...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Model Year 2022 – 2025...

The Center for Biological Diversity and a number of other environmental organizations submitted a May 15th Petition for Review (“Petition”) before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...more

State of the Air: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Releases 2017 Report

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) Office of Air Quality has released a document titled: State of the Air – 2017 (“Report”) ...more

Holland & Hart Scores Win for Mancos Shale Oil & Gas Operators; No Drilling Moratorium During Well Approval Process

by Holland & Hart LLP on

In a detailed opinion, U.S. District Court Judge James O. Browning of the District of New Mexico sided squarely with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the oil and gas operators, represented by Holland & Hart’s...more

FERC To Consider Adjustments To Use Of Eminent Domain For Gas Pipelines

by Nossaman LLP on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking input on whether to adjust its policies and procedures for reviewing and issuing authorizations for natural gas transportation...more

Environmental Assessments: Blog Commonground Discusses Old Soap Factories

The Environmental Due Diligence section of the blog Commonground addresses a variety of issues associated with environmental and/or due diligence assessments of improved and unimproved real properties. A March 9th post...more

Important planning law changes – are you ready?

by Dentons on

Changes to Environmental Planning and Assessment Act - An amended and completely reorganised version of the Act commenced operation on 1 March 2018. Amongst the myriad innocuous changes were some very significant changes...more

Nitrogen Dioxide/National Ambient Air Quality Standard: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency April 18th Federal Register Notice...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published an April 18th Federal Register Notice addressing the National Ambient Air Quality Standard ("NAAQS") for Nitrogen Dioxide(“NO2”). See 83 Fed. Reg....more

FCC Reduces Regulatory Barriers to 5G Wireless Deployment

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted an order containing sweeping regulatory changes to speed the deployment of advanced wireless services to provide connectivity for innovative Internet of Things, augmented...more

The Continuing Saga Of NYSDEC’s Proposed Amendments To Its SEQRA Regulations

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In 2012, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) proposed sweeping changes to its State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) regulations. ...more

Town of Babylon Imposes Moratorium on Use of Pine Barrens Credits to Increase Development Density

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On March 28, 2018, the Babylon Town Board adopted a moratorium on any new land use applications that seek to increase a parcel’s wastewater limits established by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (“SCDHS”) by...more

FCC Further Clarifies and Streamlines Environmental and Historical Review Processes for Wireless Deployments

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On March 30, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) released a Second Report and Order (“Order”) that further clarifies and streamlines the environmental and historical review processes related to...more

Automated Electric Taxis Deliver Environmental Benefits through Energy Efficiency

Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) researchers recently studied and built data from more than 10 million taxi trips, and developed a...more

Nutrient Production Progress Tracker (Version 1.0): Association of Clean Water Administrators March 2018 Report

The Association of Clean Water Administrators (“ACWA”) released a document titled: Nutrient Reduction Progress Tracker – Version 1.0 – 2017 Report 2018 (“Tracker”) ...more

D.C. Circuit Silences Airport-Noise Critics - Time Limit to Challenge Agency's NEPA Assessment Not Extended Even Though Agency...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• This week's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Citizens Association of Georgetown, et al. v. Federal Aviation Administration confirms that once the FAA issues a final Record of...more

Mass. SJC Expands Time For Bringing Property Damage Claims Under Chapter 21E

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Lawsuits to recover cleanup costs and property damages resulting from environmental contamination can be expensive and time-consuming. Plaintiffs should be sure their claims are timely before embarking on the litigation...more

The South African mining industry is changing, and that's a fact

by Hogan Lovells on

2017 was another tempestuous year for the South African mining and natural resources sector. The sector was disrupted by a range of changes and uncertainties, including the publication of the Reviewed Broad-Based Black...more

Superfund/Applicable, or Relevant and Appropriate Requirements: Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management...

The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (“ASTSWMO”) has published a position paper titled: State Concerns with the Process of Identifying Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation...more

Preliminary Injunction Issued Stalling Oil Pipeline Construction in Atchafalaya Basin

On February 27, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana granted a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by a group of environmental plaintiffs seeking to halt the construction of an oil pipeline in...more

Coal Lease/National Environmental Policy Act: Federal Court Addresses Challenge to Bureau of Land Management Environmental...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“Ninth Circuit”) in a February 27th opinion addressed a challenge by the Northern Plaints Resource Council, Inc. (“NPRCI”) to an Environmental Assessment (“EA”)...more

Soil Testing/Environmental Assessment Question: January 9th Commonground Forum Question

The blog Commonground addressed a question regarding sampling at a leaking petroleum underground storage tank site....more

Reshaping Canada’s Project Assessment Regime—Bill 69’s Ambitious Blueprint

by Bennett Jones LLP on

This article is Part II of a series that discusses the federal government’s proposed changes to Canada’s environmental regulatory regime governing project development and operation in Canada....more

Interference With Development Results in Multi Million Dollar Judgment

Developers often pay more to handle projects that face public opposition, but it isn't often that developers get paid by such opposition groups....more

Statute of Limitations for Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Property Damages Claims Clarified (And, Possibly, Extended)

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Recently the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that the statute of limitations for a property damage claim brought by a private party under Chapter 21E did not begin to run until that private party knew that the...more

Federal Government Overhauls Canadian Environmental Legislation

The federal government has, as promised, introduced two new pieces of legislation which together, overhaul the federal environmental assessment (now to be re-named impact assessment) regime in Canada; replace the National...more

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