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|New Jersey Coop Leads Army Base Solar Project|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative (Sussex) is helping the U.S. Army install more than 500 Kws of solar panel capacity on a former Superfund site at Picatinny Arsenal near Morristown, New Jersey. Engineering for the project was completed under the Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration...
|California's DTSC Releases Draft Priority Product Work Plan Under State's Green Chemistry Law|
Nathan S. Cardon, Diana G. Graham, Sheila A. Millar, Jean-Cyril Walker; Keller and Heckman LLP;
September 24, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has released a draft Priority Product Work Plan as part of its Green Chemistry law, identifying six product categories from which priority products will be selected over the next three years for priority product rulemaking. The Work Plan...
|House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Considers State Perspectives on EPA’s Clean Power Plan|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
September 24, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014On Tuesday, September 9, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power discussed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule at a hearing titled “State Perspectives: Questions Concerning EPA’s Proposed Clean Power...
|An Appeal To The City Council Fails To Wash Away All CEQA Sins. Consideration Of Historical Resources In A Negative Declaration Falls Under The Substantial Evidence Test, Not The Fair Argument Test.|
William W. Abbott; Abbott & Kindermann, LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014The courts have been clear: the decisionmaking body has to consider the CEQA document before taking action to granting a discretionary approval. A recent court decision examines a variation on that practice when the approving body approved the CEQA document, but lacked the authority under the local...
|New Law Requires Cities and Counties to Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems|
Sophie A. Akins, Kelsey R. Blegen; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014A new law imposes requirements on cities and counties regarding permitting for small residential rooftop solar energy systems. Under AB 2188, signed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown, cities and counties must adopt ordinances, or amend their current ordinances, to create expedited, streamlined permitting...
|Aboveground Storage Tank Act Interpretive Rule Filed|
Mark D. Clark, M. Katherine Crockett; Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 9, 2014This morning, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) filed a proposed interpretive rule (the “Interpretive Rule”) with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office implementing, in part, the recent Aboveground Storage Tank Act (the “AST...
|Taiwan Releases Draft Regulation on New and Existing Chemical Notification|
Thomas C. Berger, Wilfred Feng, Chen Hu; Keller and Heckman LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014On August 25, 2014, the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) released a draft “Regulation of Chemical Substance Registration and Management” (Regulation). The Regulation was developed to implement amendments to Taiwan’s Toxic Chemical...
|Appellate Court Clarifies Costs Recovery Rules In CEQA Litigation|
Katherine J. Hart; Abbott & Kindermann, LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014In Coalition for Adequate Review v. City and County of San Francisco (September 15, 2014, A135512) ---Cal.App.4th ---, the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, reversed in part and remanded in part, a trial court’s denial of the City’s ability to recover costs for the record of...
|Senator Boxer Releases Confidential TSCA Reform Proposal|
Thomas C. Berger, Herbert Estreicher, Martha E. Marrapese, Adrienne M. Timmel; Keller and Heckman LLP;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has publicly released her proposed amendments to a confidential proposal that Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Thomas Udall (D-NM) have been working on for over a year to build bipartisan support for passage of TSCA reform. Senator Boxer, who chairs the Senate...
|FERC Gives Final Clean Air Act Approval for Freeport LNG Export Terminal|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Clean Air Act, FERC Staff has prepared a final General Conformity Determination (GCD) for the Freeport LNG export terminal project near Quintana Island, Brazoria County, Texas. The purpose of the GCD is to ensure that the project...