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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

Air Enforcement: Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board Order/Assessment of Penalty to Cleveland, Tennessee Woodworking Operation

The Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board (“Board”) issued a November 6th Technical Secretary’s Order and Assessment of Civil Penalty (“Order”) to Jackson Furniture Industries, Inc. (“JFII”). JFII is described as a...more

Key Takeaways From WilmerHale's Recent Women in Energy and Infrastructure Conference

by WilmerHale on

On November 2, WilmerHale held its inaugural Women in Energy and Infrastructure–Powering the Future conference in Washington DC. The event and pre-conference dinner drew more than 100 attendees and provided a forum for women...more

Big River Steel, LLC (Osceola, Ark.) Title V Permit Challenge: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency October 31st Order Denying...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator issued an October 31st Order responding to a 2013 Petition from Nucor Steel – Arkansas and Nucor-Yamato Steel Company (collectively, “Nucor”) objecting...more

Draft FY 2018 – 2022 EPA Strategic Plan: October 31st Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies Comments

The Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (“AAPCA”) submitted October 31st comments on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Draft FY 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan (“Plan”). EPA states the Plan...more

Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Saline County, Arkansas Alumina Refining Facility Enter into...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Almatis, Inc. (“AI”) entered into an October 9th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged air violations. See LIS No. 17-081. The CAO provides...more

California’s Countdown to Legal Cannabis: Facing Regulatory and Permitting Uncertainty

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As of January 1, 2018, it will be legal for adults in California to buy and sell cannabis for recreational purposes. That’s the simple version. But as is true for virtually every other “legal” enterprise in the state, the...more

Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Hope County, Arkansas Aluminum Foil Rolling Mill Enter into...

]The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and JW Aluminum Company (“JAC”) entered into a September 8th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of an air permit. See LIS No. 17-063....more

Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Garland County, Arkansas Rubber Products Manufacturing Facility...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Alliance Rubber Company (“ARC”) entered into a September 13th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing an alleged violation of an air permit. See LIS No....more

Publication of BAT Conclusions for LCP in Europe

by Dentons on

On 17 August 2017 the BAT Conclusions for Large Combustion Plants (LCP) were published in the Official Journal of Laws of the European Union. The BAT Conclusions for LCP mainly cover the energy and heating sectors....more

Federal Bill Proposes Streamlined Pipeline Permitting, Vesting Authority in FERC

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 19, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that grants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) increased autonomy over pipeline approvals. The bill, Promoting Interagency...more

Pennsylvania awards permits to 12 Grower/Processors

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced this afternoon the permits being awarded to the first 12 grower/processors for medical marijuana in the Commonwealth. As if announcing the 12 of the 177 applicants was not drama...more

District Court Confirms Arbitral Award Against Venezuela In Dispute Over Gold Deposits Contract

by Carlton Fields on

A federal district court in Washington, D.C. recently confirmed a $1.2 billion arbitral award in favor of Crystallex International Corp. against Venezuela after the country’s Ministry of Environment denied a necessary permit...more

Senegal's new Mining Code

by Dentons on

In October 2016, the Senegalese Parliament passed a new Mining Code (the New Mining Code), which affects the way mining permits are processed, places additional social and environmental obligations on mine operators and...more

Fourth Circuit Upends NPDES Permit Shield

by Williams Mullen on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently upheld a lower court’s determination that a West Virginia mining company was not shielded from liability by its NPDES permit. The mining company’s permit...more

Autonomous Vehicle Industry Advances in Arizona

by Snell & Wilmer on

Uber, the ride-sharing giant, recently announced that it was moving its smart-car operation from California to Arizona, a state with fewer regulations for driverless cars.  The day before the announcement, California’s...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

AC37979 - Meadowbrook Center, Inc. v. Buchman - Nursing home sued son/guarantor of patient and obtained a judgment for $45,000. The guarantee agreement allowed the nursing home to seek attorney fees. The son appealed...more

EPA Proposes Revisions to PSD and Title V Greenhouse Gas Permitting Regulations

by Williams Mullen on

EPA recently proposed revisions to its Prevention of Significant Deterioration (“PSD”) and Title V regulations that will impact the permitting of greenhouse gases (“GHGs”). These regulatory changes are being proposed to...more

Clean Air Act Permit Challenges — New Rules On the Way

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In the United States, the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) requires all “major sources” of air pollution, such as power plants, refineries and other large industrial facilities, to obtain permits detailing the conditions under...more

Big Changes Coming to Pennsylvania's Alcoholic Beverage Market

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On June 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law the first major overhaul of the Commonwealth’s Liquor Code since the end of Prohibition. Wolf heralded the measure as enhancing customer convenience while providing...more

Coalition Challenges National Marine Fisheries Service Rules for Regulating Offshore Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On February 12th, a coalition led by the Center for Food Safety filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana challenging the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (“NMFS”) final rule implementing...more

NSR Enforcement Staggers On: A Split Decision in Missouri

Given EPA’s recent run of defeats in its NSR enforcement initiative, it’s probably breathing a sigh of relief over last week’s decision in United States v. Ameren Missouri, regarding Ameren’s Rush Island coal-fired power...more

District Department of Energy & Environment Releases Pre-Draft of “Air Quality Permit Fees and Synthetic Minor Permitting Program”

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

During the week of January 18, 2016, the Department of Energy & Environment of the District of Columbia (“Department”) released a pre-draft proposal of its much-anticipated synthetic minor permitting regulations. The proposal...more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: The Legislation On Commercial Establishments Or So-Called “Socio-Economic Permit” Legislation: From...

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A prudent retailer seeking to open a point of sale in Belgium should check compliance with the legislation on commercial establishments1 which may require a declaration and/or a permit prior to the effective opening date....more

SHE Matters: The Medium Combustion Plant Directive

by DLA Piper on

Ambitious new emission limits are to be introduced for medium combustion plants such as electricity generators and heating systems via the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (the Directive). This Directive has been fast...more

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