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Supreme Court Rejects First Nation’s Spiritual Objection to Ski Resort

On November 2, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled in Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) that a decision to approve the Jumbo Glacier Resort did not violate the...more

Podcast Episode 10 - Negotiating for Project Change and the National Environmental Policy Act

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Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 10, I share some thoughts around negotiating for a change in a project to benefit the utility of the remainder property. I also discuss the...more

Factories Shut Down Across China in Unprecedented Environmental Crackdown

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In recent months, teams of inspectors from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Communist Party’s anti-corruption commission have conducted a slew of surprise inspections of various industrial facilities...more

District Court Grants Partial Relief to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe But Denies Vacatur

On October 11, the U.S. States District Court for the District of Columbia issued its latest ruling on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP). The case is Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe v. US Army Corps of...more

Did I Forget the “Dam” Licence? A Primer on B.C.’s Regulatory Power Over Water Storage Facilities

Should waves of concern wash over British Columbia after the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives sent a letter to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office claiming nearly 60 unlicensed dams were built in northeast B.C. to...more

Court Declines to Vacate Environmental Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline, Permitting Oil to Flow during Remand

On October 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia declined to vacate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) Environmental Assessment (“EA”) of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the agency...more

The Rise of Vapor Intrusion

We have all been involved in investigating and remediating sites with soil and groundwater contamination. But another form of contamination has been recently gaining attention—vapor intrusion....more

Permit streamlining, NEPA compliance, and an expanded role for CEQ

by Hogan Lovells on

In one of his earliest Executive Orders 13766, January 24, 2017, President Trump laid the groundwork for subsequent actions to help “Expedit[e] Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects.”...more

Underground Storage Tank Closure/Environmental Assessment: Commonground Blog Post Asks Whether A Data Gap is Considered a...

A September 14th post on the blog Commonground asks if there is a scenario where a Data Gap/Data Failure is considered a recognized environmental condition (“REC”). The blog provides a forum to discuss a variety of issues...more

Municipalities' Water Withdrawal: NEPA/National Forest Management Act Challenge to U.S. Forest Service Authorization

The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (“Court”) addressed in an October 23rd opinion Plaintiffs-Appellants Central Oregon LandWatch and WaterWatch of Oregon (collectively “Plaintiffs”) challenge to the United...more

On-Site Hospital/Radium: August 25th Commonground Blog Post Addresses Assessment Question

The blog Commonground has an August 25th post addressing a question regarding the assessment of a former on-site hospital that had utilized radium to treat tumors. The blog Commonground is a forum for discussion of a...more

Comfort Stations May Be Permitted Uses of Public Streets

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

After Hurricane Sandy devastated Long Beach and its boardwalk in 2012, officials sought to reconstruct the city’s iconic esplanade. As part of the rebuild, the Long Beach City Council determined to award contracts for the...more

Superfund Reform May Be a Slow Go

As we previously reported, the current administration set out to make Superfund reform a priority. Shortly after taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt convened a task force to provide recommendations for...more

Amid the Chaos, Trump Signs Executive Order Streamlining Environmental Permitting and Disbands Infrastructure Council

This past week, a couple of new developments took place at the federal level on infrastructure, although if you blinked, you may have missed it....more

Trump Signs Executive Order to Streamline Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 15, President Donald J. Trump signed a second executive order "streamlining" the federal environmental permitting process with a goal of making construction of transportation, water, and other infrastructure...more

Executive Order Aims to Streamline Environmental Permitting of Infrastructure Projects

by Nossaman LLP on

In furtherance of the administration’s broad infrastructure initiative, President Trump on August 15 signed an executive order (EO) entitled “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and...more

EPA Task Force Report to Revitalize the Superfund Program

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Businesses and industries across the country which own or have interests in facilities and properties that may come under the broad scope of these new Superfund “Recommendations” will need to stay attuned...more

EPA Task Force Issues Recommendations to Reform Superfund Program

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposed reforms seek to accelerate cleanup and reuse of sites to reduce risks, reduce costs, and hasten redevelopment....more

Mid County Parkway Freeway Infrastructure Project Prevails for Second Time - BB&K Attorneys Represent RCTC; Defeat Environmental...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

For the second time, a judge has sided with Best Best & Krieger LLP environmental attorneys in a dispute over a freeway infrastructure project in Riverside County. A CEQA challenge to the project was dismissed by a Riverside...more

Canadian Government's Proposal to Reform Canada's Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Regime

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the federal government released a discussion paper entitled "Environmental and Regulatory Reviews" ("Discussion Paper"), which proposes broad changes to the federal environmental assessment and regulatory...more

D.C. District Court Determines that Dakota Access Environmental Assessment was Inadequate

On June 14, 2017, the District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Court found that the Army Corps of Engineers (“the Corps”) had not...more

City of Los Angeles Releases Draft Hollywood Community Plan Update

On June 13, 2017, the City of Los Angeles released its new Hollywood Community Plan (“Plan”) draft. The current plan dates back to 1988. In 2012, the City adopted an update to the community plan that was subsequently...more

Superfund Changes Afoot

Since taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has made it clear that he intends to focus on—and overhaul—the Superfund program. Calling the program “at the center of the Agency’s core mission”, Pruitt has put in place...more

Fourth District Holds Substantial Evidence Supports City of San Diego’s Rejection of MND and Denial of Minor Residential...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a short opinion filed May 17, 2017, and belatedly ordered published (for unknown reasons) just six days later, the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s judgment granting a writ of mandate that set...more

Natural Gas Infrastructure Opponents Appeal Loss in Their Campaign to Invalidate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Processes

Despite a series of lopsided losses, natural gas infrastructure opponents continue to probe the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and its infrastructure approval processes for systemic weaknesses. At the end of...more

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