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State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Polar Bear and Arctic Wolf Buy Votes in Battle For Presidential Election
Posted on 18 Sep 2012 by State Net

ENVIRONMENT: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approves a plan by COLORADO officials to improve the state's air quality. Officials say the plan will cut overall greenhouse gas causing emissions 70,000 tons by 2018 (DENVER POST). • FLORIDA... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Senate Passes Water Resources Development Act – Omnibus Water Infrastructure Legislation
Posted on 20 May 2013 by State Net

SNCJ SPOTLIGHT - STATES CAN ONLY WATCH AS CONGRESS TACKLES MAJOR ISSUES THAT IMPACT THEM Last Wednesday, the Senate endorsed SB 601, the Water Resources Development Act, the first omnibus water infrastructure legislation since 2007. The $12.5 billion... Read More

Marten Law: In Second Obama Term, Expect Significant Changes to Energy and Environmental Law
Posted on 1 Dec 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Marten Law PLLC Excerpt from the Commentary: This Emerging Issues Analysis from Marten Law provides an overview of the major changes to energy and environmental laws that the Obama Administration is expected to advance in the next four... Read More

Jenner & Block: EPA Issues New NEPA Mapping Tool
Posted on 26 Apr 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block EPA has issued a new online mapping tool, NEPAssist, to assist federal agencies in evaluating possible NEPA environmental review obligations. NEPAssist is one of five pilot projects selected by the White... Read More

Supreme Court Holds in Sackett v. EPA That Idaho Couple Can Challenge EPA Wetlands Compliance Order As A Final Agency Action
Posted on 26 Mar 2012 by Shane Dilworth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 21 unanimously found that an Idaho couple could file a lawsuit challenging a compliance order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act (CWA) because... Read More

UNFCCC makes major step towards incentivising wetland restoration
Posted on 18 Jun 2010 by Malcolm Dowden

By Malcolm Dowden, Solicitor and Environmental Law Consultant Despite widespread disappointment at the outcome of last year’s climate change summit in Copenhagen, quiet but significant progress has been made on issues such as reducing emissions... Read More

LexisNexis® Environmental Law and Climate Change Community Podcast: Brad Marten on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Sackett v. EPA.
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by LexisNexis Community Staff

On this edition, Brad Marten of Marten Law in Seattle discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Sackett v. EPA . The unanimous high Court found that an Idaho couple could appeal an administrative compliance order issued by the EPA under the Clean... Read More

Marten Law PLLC Analyzes Chantell Sackett v. EPA: Scalia and Unanimous Supreme Court Uphold Pre-Enforcement Review in Wetlands Case Under Clean Water Act
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Steve Jones, Russell Prugh and Brad Marten of Marten Law PLLC In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Steve Jones, Russell Prugh and Brad Marten of Marten Law PLLC discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Sackett v. EPA, striking down... Read More

Marten Law: Supreme Court Preview--Ownership of Navigable Riverways and Due Process Challenge to Enforcement Orders to be Decided in 2011-12 Term
Posted on 13 Oct 2011 by Steven G Jones

By Steven Jones, Partner, Marten Law PLLC "The U.S. Supreme Court's new term has just begun. There are two environmental cases on the Court's docket," reports Steve Jones. "The first, PPL Montana, LLC v. State of Montana , presents... Read More

Jenner & Block: Louisiana Flood Protection Board Sues Energy Companies For Damage To Wetlands
Posted on 1 Aug 2013 by Allison Torrence

By Allison Torrence , Associate, Jenner & Block On July 24, 2013, the Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Agency – East, sued approximately 100 oil and gas production and pipeline companies in state court. The... Read More

Montana Submits Comments on EPA’s Sweeping ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposal
Posted on 24 Nov 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

House Speaker, agricultural community, counties, homebuilders voice opposition to proposal Earlier this month, the Montana Attorney General’s Office submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of... Read More

SCCCL and Lamont-Doherty Release New Collaborative Working Paper on “Scientific and Legal Integrity in Advancing a Land-Degradation Neutral World”
Posted on 1 Dec 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

It is no secret that the fight against desertification isn’t going well. In the two decades since the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification came into force, desertification has worsened considerably. Many within the desertification... Read More

EPA Attempts to Expand its Reach and Re-Define Waters of the United States
Posted on 26 Aug 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

After substantial time and review, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers proposed its long-anticipated rule-making establishing a new regulatory definition of the term “waters of the... Read More

“Clearing” the Waters – U.S. EPA and the Army Corps Finalize “Waters of the United States” Definition
Posted on 9 Jul 2015 by Foley & Lardner LLP

On May 27, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“U.S. EPA”) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) issued their highly anticipated final revision to the definition of “waters of the United... Read More

New EPA and USACE Regulations Revise Definition of "Waters of the United States"
Posted on 13 Oct 2015 by LexisNexis Insurance Law Newsroom Staff

By Mr. Ken Bogdan and Mr. Al Herson Under Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) must issue a permit for discharges of dredged or fill material into "waters the United States" (WOTUS). On June 29, 2015... Read More