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Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

Trump’s Busy Year on Energy and the Environment

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

During his first year in Washington, President Trump made his mark on energy and environmental issues by issuing executive orders (EOs), proclamations, and presidential memoranda. Seeking to undo regulations enacted during...more

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

by Nossaman LLP on

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

Timberlands Regulation under the @realDonaldTrump  Administration 

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Those who closely watch the current White House pay particular attention to one Twitter handle: @realDonaldTrump. President Trump is not the first US president to use Twitter to communicate to the country. But I think it’s...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

Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions: Projected U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Activities

The Trump Administration released the Fall edition of the semi-annual Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and the Regulatory Plan (“Plan”). Federal agencies twice a year produce in combination a...more

Waters of the United States/Clean Water Act: Association of State Wetland Managers Comments on Jurisdictional Definition

The Association of State Wetland Managers (“ASWM”) submitted November 28th comments on the Clean Water Act definition of “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”). The November 28th comments were submitted in response to the...more

Future of Waters of the United States/Examining the Role of States: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, &...

The Subcommittee on Environment of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology (“Committee”) is holding a hearing today titled: ...Waters of the United States: Examining the Role of...more

Significant Nexus Lives! (For Now, In the 9th Circuit)

On November 27, 2017, the 9th Circuit affirmed the conviction of a Joseph Robertson, Montana man who: “discharged dredged and fill material into the surrounding wetlands and an adjacent tributary, which flows to Cataract...more

EPA And The Corps Propose To Add Years To “Effective” Applicability Date Of WOTUS Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would add an applicability date two years in the future to the Obama-era Waters of the United...more

Environmental Notes - December 2017

by Williams Mullen on

A prominent characteristic of the Obama EPA was its close relationship with national environmental groups. The most controversial EPA rulemakings seemed to be the by-product of litigation settlements when environmental groups...more

Up to the Minute Synopsis of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Developments

by Snell & Wilmer on

Keeping track of the ongoing administrative and judicial developments on the issue of Clean Water Act jurisdiction has become almost as complex as trying to make a jurisdictional determination itself. Here is a handy synopsis...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

Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water Provides Environmental Policy Insights

by Williams Mullen on

Lee Forsgren was appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water in July 2017. We recently had the opportunity to hear him speak to a trade group where he discussed EPA’s priorities under the Trump...more

EPA Issues Final Report re: Development of Domestic Energy Resources

In compliance with the March 28, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (EO 13783), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its Final Report on Review of Agency...more

Waters of the United States/Proposed Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules: Arkansas Commenters

Thousands of comments have been submitted in regards to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers (collectively “Agencies”) July 27th, 2017 proposed rule titled: Waters...more

Clean Water Act Jurisdiction/Waters of the United States: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Wetland Adjacency Exemption

The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (“Court”) addressed in an August 30th opinion an exception to the United States Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) regulations defining the term Waters of the United States...more

MI Farmers React to EPA Announcement to Formally Rescind WOTUS Rule

by Varnum LLP on

Michigan farmers have actively challenged the necessity of the Obama administration’s Water of the U.S. or WOTUS Rule. Michigan Farm Bureau Associate National Legislative Counsel John Kran recently reacted to the announcement...more

Trump Administration Rulemaking Process to Redefine Scope of Clean Water Act – How Your Company Can Participate

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

One of the most difficult and costly aspects of developing mining projects in the United States is the permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Trump administration is currently undertaking a rulemaking...more

Trump Track: WOTUS Wrangle

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

We have strange bedfellows, as business groups, states and environmentalists maneuver before the Supreme Court over the Obama Administration regulation defining “waters of the US” (“WOTUS”) under the Clean Water Act (CWA)....more

Administration Invites Additional Public Comment on "Waters of the United States" Rulemaking

by Clark Hill PLC on

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency will hold nine teleconferences to solicit public comments and recommendations on revising the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the...more

Waters of the U.S.: Extension of Public Comment Period to Re-establish Historic Rule and Announcement of Public Meetings for...

by Burr & Forman on

In late August, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced an extension of the public comment period for a proposal to recodify a pre-existing rule defining the scope of waters of the United States. The...more

EPA and the Corps Schedule Ten “Public Meetings” to Solicit Comments on WOTUS Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pursuant to President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on “Restoring the Rule of Law… by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule, the Agencies have scheduled ten teleconferences to collect stakeholder...more

Developers and businesses take note: as the feds roll back wetland regulation, California is stepping in

by DLA Piper on

Land developers, commercial property owners and industrial entities should closely watch the major shifts in the ways significant wetland habitats are regulated, as the Trump Administration strips away relevant federal...more

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