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|State Water Resources Control Board Adopts Emergency Water Conservation Regulation in Response to Drought|
Jeffry F. Ferre, Joshua Nelson; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted an emergency regulation requiring local agencies to restrict potable water use by their customers and prohibiting certain uses of potable water. The regulation is expected to go into effect on August 1 and last for 270 days, unless extended by the...
|Taku River Tlingit First Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Environment), 2014 BCSC 1278, Supreme Court of British Columbia (Macintosh J.)|
Scott Kerwin; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 11, 2014The Supreme Court of British Columbia allowed a petition brought by an Aboriginal group in relation to whether a mining project had “substantially started” within the meaning of s. 18(5) of the provincial Environmental Assessment Act. The Court ordered the Minister to make a fresh...
|Out With the Old, In With the New: EPA to Alter “All Appropriate Inquiry" Regulations to Replace ASTM E1527-05 With E1527-13|
Julian Harrell, Bradley R. Sugarman; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
July 19, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014On Jan. 11, 2002, President Bush signed the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, Public Law 107-118 (“the Brownfields Amendments”). Among other things, the Brownfields Amendments limited CERCLA liability for certain purchasers of contaminated property,...
|Clean Air Act Does Not Require EPA to Regulate Emissions From Animal Feeding Operations|
Julian Harrell; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
July 19, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014Animal feeding operations (“AFOs”), which include confined animal feeding operations (“CAFOs”), emit a host of chemicals into the air, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds (“AFO emissions”). Air emissions studies...
|New York Court Strikes Blow Against Fracking|
E. Christopher Murray; Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.;
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 2014This week the New York State Court of Appeals upheld the right of municipalities to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within their borders. In Norce Energy Corp. USA v. Town of Dryden and Cooperstown Holstein Corporation v. Town of Middlefield, the Court of Appeals held that towns and other...
|BIT/MIT and Corporate Structure : from the Comparison between CJK Investment Treaty and Cross-Strait Investment Agreement in view of P to G disputes resolution|
Patrick Chen; Lee Tsai Partners Attorneys-at-Law;
July 17, 2014BIT/MIT and Corporate Structure : from the Comparison between CJK Investment Treaty and Cross-Strait Investment Agreement in view of P to G disputes resolution
|Anti-Fracking Protesters Arrested at FERC|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014Reuters reports that approximately two dozen protesters were arrested at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Demonstrators protested hydraulic fracturing and the U.S. gas industry’s push to sell “fracked” liquefied natural gas abroad by...
|House Funding Bill to Block Proposed EPA Regulations|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
July 16, 2014, previously published on July 10, 2014The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations released its interior and environment funding bill for fiscal year 2015 that would cut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget by $717 million from fiscal year 2014. The proposed bill would also stop EPA from enacting or...
|EPA Proposes Significant Reductions in Carbon Dioxide Emissions|
Alison M. Nelson; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 8, 2014On June 18, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed two new rules that have the potential to significantly limit carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs). EPA is soliciting comments on the proposed rules through October 16, 2014.
|2014 Indiana General Assembly Repeals the Indiana Responsible Property Transfer Law (IRPTL)|
Bose McKinney Evans LLP;
July 15, 2014, previously published on June 24, 2014The Indiana Responsible Property Transfer Law (IRPTL), IC 13-25-3, has been in effect for over a decade and a half, requiring sellers of certain property to provide a disclosure form to potential purchasers and lenders at least thirty (30) days prior to transferring property in Indiana. The...