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By Steven M. Siros On October 23, 2018, President Trump signed into law America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 which, in addition to authorizing federal funding for water infrastructure projects, also requires drinking water systems serving more than 3,300 people to test for unregulated contaminants pursuant to U.S. EPA’s Unregulated... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
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By Steven M. Siros United Airlines became the first U.S. airline to publicly commit to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 50% by 2050. In a press release issued on September 13, 2018, United Airlines explained that it would achieve that reduction by expanding its use of more sustainable... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
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Last week, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney and California Attorney General obtained guilty verdicts against Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. regarding the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill near Santa Barbara, CA. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
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The presence of emerging contaminants such as perfluorinated chemicals (PFOS) and 1,4-dioxane in drinking water often make the headlines as sampling technologies become more sophisticated and these contaminants are being detected with increasing frequency in drinking water systems across the country. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
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On May 18, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order denying a rehearing request on FERC’s issuance of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a natural gas pipeline project for Dominion Transmission. An environmental group had challenged the certificate, arguing in part that FERC failed to adequately consider the upstream and downstream impacts of the project. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
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A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska rejected efforts by the Center for Biological Diversity (the “Center”) to challenge the constitutionality of the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA, which was originally enacted in 1996, allows for Congressional disapproval of rules promulgated by administrative agencies under limited circumstances. Historically, the CRA had been used sporadically, but the current Congress has relied on the CRA on at least 16 occasions to roll back Obama administration regulations, and more CRA resolutions may be on the horizon. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
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World leaders and delegates from over 150 nations have converged in Paris, France for the United Nations Climate Change Conference Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
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By Steven M. Siros While it is unlikely that the 113th Congress will take any action on climate change (especially not in advance of the November 2014 elections), many major public companies aren't waiting for Congressional action and are instead proactively beginning to factor internal carbon pricing into their business... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
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