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|Denton, Texas Bans Fracking - What's Next?|
Patricia M. Rosendahl; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 12, 2015Bans on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) have arisen in a variety of places over recent months. Voters in Mendocino County and San Benito County, California, and Athens, Ohio, separately approved bans on fracking in the November elections. The New York State Governor and his Commissioners of Health...
|Pennsylvania Environmental Rights Amendment: Back to Payne v. Kassab?|
David G. Mandelbaum; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 7, 2015We have a new opinion today under the Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution. Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v. Commonwealth, No. 228 M.D. 2012 (Pa. Commw. Ct. Jan. 7, 2015). Maybe the state constitution mandates some sort of environmental impact study before...
|New York Bans Fracking In New York: What Now?|
Robert M. Rosenthal, Steven C. Russo; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 17, 2014The wait is over in New York on fracking. At a cabinet meeting today Governor Cuomo and his Commissioners of Health and Environmental Conservation announced that the long-awaited Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement will be released and establish that HVHF cannot move forward...
|Time is Running Out for Large Scale Solar Projects|
Andrew W. Scher; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014Time may be running out for large scale photovoltaic and other solar electric generating projects due to a looming statutory reduction in the federal investment tax for such projects (the ITC). The ITC is the primary federal tax subsidiary for solar electric generating projects. For solar electric...
|Environmental Policy as Part of Integrated Overall Policy|
David G. Mandelbaum; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2014Environmental quality is important, but it is just one set of the objectives of public policy. Is it possible to think about the incentives set by environmental regulatory decisions and the outcomes they induce as part of a more integrated policy?
|Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board Summary of Meeting Held November 4, 2014|
R. Richard Cirilli, John E. Milner, Gene Wasson; Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC;
February 17, 2015, previously published on November 5, 2014The Environmental Practice Group of the Brunini Law Firm publishes a summary of the proceedings of each monthly meeting of the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board and of the Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality. We strive to provide, in a succinct newsletter format, the key...
|The Debate Over Florida’s First Commercial Waste-to-Energy Incinerator in 2 Decades|
Kerri L. Barsh; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 28, 2015Palm Beach County will soon commence operations of the nation’s first commercial waste-to-energy trash incinerator in 20 years. The $670 million incinerator, located immediately north of the Solid Waste Authority’s existing facility on Jog Road, will combust approximately 3,000 tons of...
|City of Los Angeles Outsources Defense of CEQA/Land Use Lawsuits To Private Law Firms - Developers To Foot The Bill|
Jack H. Rubens; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 30, 2014On December 16, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously authorized the City Attorney to establish a Land Use/CEQA Panel, which will consist of five municipal law firms, to defend the City in CEQA and land use lawsuits that challenge the entitlements for private development projects, and to require...
|EU Leaders to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 40% by 2030|
Aonghus Heatley; Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 12, 2014European Union (EU) leaders recently reached agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 as compared with 1990 levels. The leaders also agreed a binding, at the EU level, target to obtain at least 27 percent of the EU's energy from renewable sources by 2030 and a...
|PEDF v. Corbett: Appropriations From The Oil And Gas Lease Fund Do Not Violate The Environmental Rights Amendment|
February 16, 2015, previously published on January 20, 2015On January 7, 2015, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania entered an opinion and order in the case Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation (“PEDF”) sought declaratory judgment with respect to past...