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Envirosphere

Envirosphere

Provides news and updates on environmental law in New York State. By the New York State Bar Association's Environmental Law Section.

http://nysbar.com/blogs/environmental/
  • Mar 28

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update January 2015, Vol. II, # 1

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update January 2015, Vol. II, # 1
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2015 Enforcement News Record $5.15 Billion Environmental Kerr-McGee Settlement The USDOJ entered a historic settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Kerr-McGee for cleanups across…
  • Mar 22

    Clean Water NY: What actions are needed to ensure sustainable water resources in the 21st Century?

    Clean Water NY: What actions are needed to ensure sustainable water resources in the 21st Century?
    Legislative Forum May 6, 2015 Environmental Section New York State Bar Association Water is essential for life. It is essential for a healthy environment and a healthy economy. In contrast to water issues endemic to many other states, such…
  • Feb 22

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update December 2014 # 24

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update December 2014 # 24
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2014 Enforcement News NY Bans Fracking New York's six year environmental review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (a/k/a fracking) for the extraction of natural gas ended when…
Rank this Week: 1796

Climate Change Attorney Blog

Climate Change Attorney Blog

Covers climate change, greenhouse gases, and environmental regulations. By Silverberg Zalantis LLP.

http://www.climatechangeattorney.com/
  • Mar 28

    Proposed American Energy Renaissance Act of 2015

    Proposed American Energy Renaissance Act of 2015
    A bill has been submitted in Congress that if adopted will completely alter Federal energy policies and restrict or eliminate the ability of federal agencies to regulate activities that have potentially significant environmental impacts.
  • Mar 23

    FEMA Issues New State Mitigation Plan Review Guide

    FEMA Issues New State Mitigation Plan Review Guide
    FEMA has issued new guidelines, effective as of March 2016, for evaluating State plans to reduce or eliminate risks from natural hazards.
  • Jan 31

    Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Established by Executive Order

    Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Established by Executive Order
    On January 30,2015 the President issued an Executive Order fixing new standards for construction within a floodplain.
Rank this Week: 1677

California Litigation Attorney…

California Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers legal news. By Reid & Hellyer.

http://www.rhlaw.com/blog/
  • Mar 27

    Non-Dischargeability of Intentional Fraudulent Transfer

    Non-Dischargeability of Intentional Fraudulent Transfer
    When an fraudulent transfer occurs before a debtor files for protection under the United States Bankruptcy Code, creditors must promptly protect their rights to ensure that the bankruptcy does not discharge the debtor's liability for their…
  • Feb 25

    PROCEED CAREFULLY WITH MALICIOUS PROSECUTION ACTIONS ARISING OUT OF FAMILY LAW COURT MATTERS

    PROCEED CAREFULLY WITH MALICIOUS PROSECUTION ACTIONS ARISING OUT OF FAMILY LAW COURT MATTERS
    As a general rule, California malicious prosecution actions are dicey propositions insofar as they always subject the plaintiff to a potential Anti-SLAPP motion from the defendant pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure section…
  • Feb 19

    Proper Venue to File California Lawsuit

    Proper Venue to File California Lawsuit
    Some seem to think that a creditor plaintiff always has to sue to collect a debt in the debtor defendant’s county of domicile.  While the latter’s county is proper venue, it may not be the only proper venue.  There may…
Rank this Week: 4033

Endangered Species and Wetlands…

Endangered Species and Wetlands Report

Covers the Endangered Species Act, wetlands and takings law. By Steve Davies.

http://www.eswr.com/
  • Mar 27

    FWS gives out $4.2 million in tribal wildlife grant

    FWS gives out $4.2 million in tribal wildlife grant
    Yes, as it says above and below, FWS has awarded more than $4 million in grants to tribes for conservation work. Here's the text of the press release: Tribes in 13 states receive $4.2 M from service for conservation work March 27, 2015…
  • Mar 26

    Greater sage-grouse: Barrick Gold (Nev.) conservation agreement, another announcement today in Oregon, and a lek back to Wyoming

    Greater sage-grouse: Barrick Gold (Nev.) conservation agreement, another announcement today in Oregon, and a lek back to Wyoming
    The greater sage-grouse cannot stay out of the news long. On Thursday, the Interior Department announced an agreement with Barrick Gold of North America and The Nature Conservancy allowing Barrick "to accumulate credits for successful…
  • Mar 26

    Ninth Circuit dismisses Sharp Park case as moot

    Ninth Circuit dismisses Sharp Park case as moot
    The Ninth Circuit has dismissed as moot a challenge to the operations of Sharp Park golf course in the city of San Francisco (Wild Equity Institute v. City and County of San Francisco, 13-15046). "Wild Equity argued on appeal that the…
Rank this Week: 1148

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom:…

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom: Environmental

Covers environmental law news.

http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/environmental/default.aspx
  • Mar 27

    Blog Post: Calif. Gov. Signs $1B Drought Relief Package

    Blog Post: Calif. Gov. Signs $1B Drought Relief Package
    As California confronts severely dry conditions for the fourth year in a row, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a legislative package that will steer $1 billion in emergency funding toward drought relief and water infrastructure projects.
  • Mar 27

    Blog Post: ICMA Extends Green Bond Eligibility To Climate Change Work

    Blog Post: ICMA Extends Green Bond Eligibility To Climate Change Work
    The International Capital Market Association updated its voluntary guidelines on green bonds Friday, adding “climate change adaption” to categories of eligible projects as part of a broader refinement intended to clarify what…
  • Mar 26

    Blog Post: 4 Ways To Botch Your Firm's Expansion Into Africa

    Blog Post: 4 Ways To Botch Your Firm's Expansion Into Africa
    With growing deal opportunities and bustling capital markets, Africa is the next frontier for many global law firms to conquer as clients' needs increasingly land within the borders of the world's second-largest continent, but failure to…
Rank this Week: 793

Switchboard

Switchboard

Covers global warming, energy and climate issues, pollution and oil dependence. From the Natural Resources Defense Council.

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/
  • Mar 27

    Mexico announces ambitious emission reduction target in lead up to Pari

    Mexico announces ambitious emission reduction target in lead up to Pari
    Carolina Herrera, Latin America Advocate, Washington DC: Earlier today, Mexico announced an ambitious new commitment to peak its greenhouse emissions in 2026 and reduce them by 22% by 2030. With this announcement, Mexico…
  • Mar 27

    Some Republicans Step Back from GOP Climate Change Wrecking Ball

    Some Republicans Step Back from GOP Climate Change Wrecking Ball
    Rhea Suh, President, New York City: Senate Republican leaders had been eyeing a raft of votes into the wee hours Friday as a chance to put a spike in the heart of President Obama's plan to confront the dangers of climate…
  • Mar 27

    The Pebble Partnership and the Demeaning of Independence

    The Pebble Partnership and the Demeaning of Independence
    Joel Reynolds, Western Director, Senior Attorney, Santa Monica, CA: Leave it to the flailing Pebble Partnership - now consisting of just one under-funded Canadian company - to conclude that the only truly…
Rank this Week: 403

Renewable + Law

Renewable + Law

The climate policy, renewable energy, and sustainability blog. By Stoel Rives, LLP.

http://www.lawofrenewableenergy.com/
  • Mar 27

    Rep. Garofalo Posts Bold Minnesota Energy Omnibus Bill

    Rep. Garofalo Posts Bold Minnesota Energy Omnibus Bill
    Late this afternoon, Rep. Pat Garofalo posted a bold and significant omnibus bill on the web page for the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives.  This author…
  • Mar 27

    MN PUC Approves First Minnesota Multiyear Plan, But Work Remains on Implementation

    MN PUC Approves First Minnesota Multiyear Plan, But Work Remains on Implementation
    Yesterday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (the “Commission”) met to address the first general rate case filed under section 216B.16 subd. 19 of the Minnesota Statutes. Northern States Power Company, a Minnesota…
  • Mar 7

    MN PUC Denies Return on Cost Overrun for Xcel Nuclear Project

    MN PUC Denies Return on Cost Overrun for Xcel Nuclear Project
    On Tuesday and Friday this week, the MN PUC heard arguments from various stakeholders regarding the Xcel Energy life cycle management and extended power uprate (LCM/EPU) projects. The stage for the arguments was set by the contested case…
Rank this Week: 1737

Hawaii Land Use Law & Policy

Hawaii Land Use Law & Policy

Commentary and insight on the complex, multifaceted area of land use in Hawaii. By Jesse Souki.

http://hilanduse.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 5011

Endangered Species Law & Policy

Endangered Species Law & Policy

Covers listing decisions, critical habitats and endangered species litigation. By Nossaman LLP.

http://www.endangeredspecieslawandpolicy.com/
Rank this Week: 888

Nimonik

Nimonik

Covers Canadian environmental and energy law.

http://www.nimonik.com/blog/
  • Mar 27

    Boston and Montreal-Based Companies Announce Worldwide Expansion With New Partnership Agreement

    Boston and Montreal-Based Companies Announce Worldwide Expansion With New Partnership Agreement
    March 25, 2015 – MONTREAL, Quebec — Boston and Montreal-Based Companies Announce Worldwide Expansion With New Partnership Agreement February 12, 2015 – Montreal, Canada based Nimonik and Boston, MA, U.S.A. based The…
  • Mar 23

    SI Safety Inspection Live Replacement for Lab Inspection

    SI Safety Inspection Live Replacement for Lab Inspection
    SI Safety Inspection Live was recently bought by Biovia – Accelrys and they are retiring it. If you are a laboratory who does regular audits and inspections against ANSI, ANAB or other standards, Nimonik is the solution for you. We work…
  • Mar 23

    North American Rail Safety Needs Much Work

    North American Rail Safety Needs Much Work
    For one reason or another, railroad safety is horrible in the United States and Canada. As statistics found here point out, North America has over 5 times more accidents per 1,000 km of track than our European counterparts. A recent New York…
Rank this Week: 3837

Great Lakes Environment

Great Lakes Environment

Covers Great Lakes restoration, invasive species, toxics, diversions and overall management. By Waste Information & Management Services, Inc.

http://greatlakesenvironment.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 27

    Bill to cut Lake Erie toxic algae goes to Ohio governor

    Bill to cut Lake Erie toxic algae goes to Ohio governor
    <> Bill to cut Lake Erie toxic algae goes to Ohio governor - New rules for farmers aimed at reducing the toxic algae in Lake Erie won unanimous approval from the Legislature on Wednesday and were…
  • Mar 26

    Proposed fracking ban vital for protecting Great Lakes, says Council of Canadian

    Proposed fracking ban vital for protecting Great Lakes, says Council of Canadian
    <> Proposed fracking ban vital for protecting Great Lakes, says Council of Canadians - March 25, 2015 Toronto – Peter Tabuns, MPP for Toronto-Danforth, introduced a bill that would ban fracking…
  • Mar 25

    Canada Gets failing grade on protecting freshwater

    Canada Gets failing grade on protecting freshwater
    <> Canada Gets failing grade on protecting freshwater - A report, Blue Betrayal, launched by the Council of Canadians, chronicles the Harper government's assault on Canada's …
Rank this Week: 4400

eNewsUSA

eNewsUSA

Provides national and international environmental law news. By Waste Information & Management Services, Inc. (WIMS).

http://enewsusa.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 27

    [WIMS] Environmental HotSheet 3/27/15

    [WIMS] Environmental HotSheet 3/27/15
      National / International News <> McConnell Statement on Senate Passage of FY 2016 Balanced Budget - "By passing a balanced budget that emphasizes growth, common sense…
  • Mar 26

    [WIMS] Environmental HotSheet 3/26/15

    [WIMS] Environmental HotSheet 3/26/15
      National / International News <> Argument analysis: Michigan v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – In the U.S. Supreme Court. EPA may be a vote short -- or…
  • Mar 25

    [WIMS] Environmental HotSheet 3/25/15

    [WIMS] Environmental HotSheet 3/25/15
      National / International News <>  Supreme Court takes up challenge to EPA limits on mercury emissions from power plants - The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a…
Rank this Week: 642

Fracking Insider

Fracking Insider

Covers federal policy and regulatory developments related to hydraulic fracturing. By Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

http://www.frackinginsider.com
  • Mar 27

    Federal Government Releases Regulations for Fracking on Federal Land

    Federal Government Releases Regulations for Fracking on Federal Land
    Last Friday, the Department of Interior released its final rule updating the regulations that govern hydraulic fracturing on federal public and American Indian lands. It covers standards for wells and well construction, disposal of…
  • Mar 12

    Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 40

    Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 40
    Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 40 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in California, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide quick overviews…
  • Feb 16

    Critical Habitat Designations Pose Substantial Threat to Oil and Gas Development

    Critical Habitat Designations Pose Substantial Threat to Oil and Gas Development
    The federal government can restrict access to public lands for oil and gas drilling purposes through a number of means. Recently, President Obama’s proposal to designate millions of acres of land in Alaska as wilderness made the…
Rank this Week: 1480

Eminent Domain Blog

Eminent Domain Blog

Covers condemnation and real estate law. By David B. Snyder of Fox Rothschild, LLP.

http://eminentdomain.foxrothschild.com/
  • Mar 27

    $22.5 Million Victory

    $22.5 Million Victory
    You may recall a prior blog post regarding a case where we proved a “de facto” taking of a property.  A “de facto” condemnation – sometimes known as an “inverse condemnation” – occurs when…
  • Feb 28

    St. Louis Eminent Domain Protest Held

    St. Louis Eminent Domain Protest Held
    A protest was held Sunday in North St. Louis to demonstrate against a city bill which would allow the city to condemn property in the city’s third and fifth wards.  The bill is part of attempts to encourage the new National…
  • Feb 28

    CT State Senator Seeks To Ban Takings Of Intangible Property

    CT State Senator Seeks To Ban Takings Of Intangible Property
    A CT state senator wants to ban the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s ability to use its power of eminent domain to seize “intangible property,” such as bus companies’ licenses to carry passengers on specified…
Rank this Week: 4438

Law and the Environment

Law and the Environment

Covers environmental law issues, including CERCLA, climate change, permitting, and renewable energy. By Foley Hoag LLP.

http://www.lawandenvironment.com/
  • Mar 27

    NEPA Review — Still the Land of Deference

    NEPA Review — Still the Land of Deference
    Last week, District Judge Ralph Beistline allowed the summary judgment motion filed by the United States Forest Service, and dismissed citizen claims challenging the Forest Service decision to approve an logging project in an old growth area…
  • Mar 26

    Arranger Liability for Sale of a Used Product: Standard of Metaphysics Or An Unstated Rule?

    Arranger Liability for Sale of a Used Product: Standard of Metaphysics Or An Unstated Rule?
    In Consolidated Coal Company v. Georgia Power Company,the Fourth Circuit recently applied the same four part test used by trial court(and blogged about here) to hold that the sale of a used product containing PCBs would not give rise to…
  • Mar 26

    What’s a Court to Do When An Agency Admits Error? Vacate? Remand?

    What’s a Court to Do When An Agency Admits Error? Vacate? Remand?
    In Black Warrior Riverkeeper v. ACOE, decided this week by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court was faced with a quandary.  “On the eve of oral argument”, in a case challenging The Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide…
Rank this Week: 4626

Hydraulic Fracking Blog

Hydraulic Fracking Blog

Covers the issues surrounding shale and hydraulic fracturing--commonly known as fracking. By Barclay Nicholson of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

http://fracking.nortonrosefulbright.com/
  • Mar 26

    Alberta Energy Regulator responds to earthquakes possibly linked to fracking

    Alberta Energy Regulator responds to earthquakes possibly linked to fracking
    The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has issued new rules which create a "traffic light" process in response to earthquakes believed to have been caused by hydraulic fracturing. Subsurface Order No. 2 comes after several seismic events that…
  • Mar 20

    Bureau of Land Management releases new federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing

    Bureau of Land Management releases new federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing
    In 2012, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) circulated a proposed rule governing the use of hydraulic fracturing on federal land. That proposal garnered a significant amount of interest and public comment.…
  • Mar 19

    Texas Legislature considers incentives for use of alternative fracking fluid

    Texas Legislature considers incentives for use of alternative fracking fluid
    The Texas Legislature is currently considering several bills related to hydraulic fracturing and the oil and gas industry in general. Last Friday, March 13th, two additional bills were proposed in the Texas Legislature that would incentivize…
Rank this Week: 2189

Legal Planet

Legal Planet

Covers environmental law and policy. By Berkeley Law and UCLA Law.

http://legalplanet.wordpress.com/
  • Mar 26

    The Futility Of An International Climate Treaty

    The Futility Of An International Climate Treaty
    Call it Kyoto Syndrome, but each year for the past few decades we hear hopeful things about the upcoming negotiations for the “United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.” These discussions usually take place in some…
  • Mar 24

    Conference On California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans for “2030 and Beyond”

    Conference On California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans for “2030 and Beyond”
    The California State Bar Environmental Law Section is holding a conference on April 16th entitled “2030 and Beyond: The Next Phase of Greenhouse Gas Reduction in California.” The event is co-sponsored by Berkeley Law’s…
  • Mar 23

    The Grid is Always Greener …

    The Grid is Always Greener …
    It seems to be an undeniable part of human nature. When we consider making changes – whether it has to do with the place where we live, the business we are in, or the partner we choose – we tend to compare the flaws of the thing…
Rank this Week: 865

Law of the Land

Law of the Land

A blog on land use law and Zoning by Albany Law School Associate Dean and Professor Patricia Salkin.

http://lawoftheland.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 798

Greenversations

Greenversations

Official blog of US EPA.

http://blog.epa.gov/blog
  • Mar 25

    Just Released: Top 25 U.S. Cities with Most Energy Star Building

    Just Released: Top 25 U.S. Cities with Most Energy Star Building
    By Jean Lupinacci Did you know energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change, at a cost of more than $100 billion per year? That’s significant. That’s why…
  • Mar 23

    Protecting our Drinking Water for Everyone

    Protecting our Drinking Water for Everyone
    By Dr. Peter Grevatt Like families in almost every city and town across the U.S., everyone in my house counts on the idea that we can just reach for the tap any time we’re thirsty or need some water to cook dinner.  And, there…
  • Mar 17

    Farmers Using Special Crops in Holtwood, PA to Protect Soil & Help Their Farms Thrive

    Farmers Using Special Crops in Holtwood, PA to Protect Soil &amp; Help Their Farms Thrive
    By Kate Pinkerton and Erika Larsen It is hard to imagine anything growing in fields during winter, but last fall, we visited a farm in Pennsylvania that was covered in thriving, green crops. This farm showcases crop research and water quality…
Rank this Week: 155

Environmental - Appeals Court

Environmental - Appeals Court

Summarizes environmental decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals. By Waste Information & Management Services, Inc. (WIMS).

http://environmentalappealscourt.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 25

    St. Marys Cement Inc. v. EPA

    St. Marys Cement Inc. v. EPA
    <> St. Marys Cement Inc. v. EPA - 3/24/15. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Case Nos. 13-3105 & 14-3479. MDEQ deemed the plant's pollution controls sufficient and excused St.…
  • Mar 24

    Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Inc. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineer

    Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Inc. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineer
    <> Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Inc. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 3/23/15. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, Case No. 14-12357. Riverkeeper challenges the 2012…
  • Mar 24

    Kent Recycling Services, LLC v. United States Army Corps of Engineer

    Kent Recycling Services, LLC v. United States Army Corps of Engineer
    <> Kent Recycling Services, LLC v. United States Army Corps of Engineers - 3/23/15. In the U.S. Supreme Court, Docket No. 14-493, Appealed from the Fifth Circuit. The petition for…
Rank this Week: 723

Clean Air Watch

Clean Air Watch

Covers clean air laws and policies.

http://www.cleanairwatch.org/
Rank this Week: 1275

Delaware Environmental Law Blog

Delaware Environmental Law Blog

Comments on environmental law. By Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP.

http://www.delawareenvironmentallawblog.com/
  • Mar 24

    ARCHITECTURAL COVENANTS HELD UNENFORCEABLE FOR FAILURE TO CONTAIN STANDARDS OF REVIEW

    ARCHITECTURAL COVENANTS HELD UNENFORCEABLE FOR FAILURE TO CONTAIN STANDARDS OF REVIEW
    Covenants that require an architectural review committee or homeowners association board to approve owner changes to their homes and grounds have been a mainstay in Delaware condominium and non-condominium community documents for many years. …
  • Mar 16

    Curse Those Seals -Already Revisited

    Curse Those Seals -Already Revisited
    In a Delaware Superior Court case that is somewhat the opposite of the Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Strong case discussed in my February 26 entry, we now have another Delaware pronouncement in a foreclosure case involving seals. In Nationstar…
  • Feb 26

    Confession of Judgment Non-Resident Affidavits: Pitfalls and Work-Around

    Confession of Judgment Non-Resident Affidavits: Pitfalls and Work-Around
    Delaware lenders and their attorneys are accustomed to seeing affidavits at commercial loan closings of borrowers and guarantors authorizing the entry of a judgment by confession, which state their contact with Delaware, and include the…
Rank this Week: 3273

New York Zoning and Municipal Law…

New York Zoning and Municipal Law Blog

Covers adverse possession, environmental law, municipal law, zoning and land use. Published by Silverberg Zalantis.

http://blog.szlawfirm.net/
  • Mar 24

    Denial of Area Variances Upheld

    Denial of Area Variances Upheld
    The Appellate Division reversed the lower court and upheld the denial of an application for area variances to construct an apartment building in a neighborhood largely consisting of single family homes.
  • Feb 22

    Involved Agency Limited to SEQRA Record Developed by Lead Agency

    Involved Agency Limited to SEQRA Record Developed by Lead Agency
    An involved agency, while making its own SEQRA findings, is limited to the record developed by the lead agency.
  • Jan 30

    Court Upholds Denial of Area Variance

    Court Upholds Denial of Area Variance
    The Appellate Division upheld the denial of area variances to permit the legalization of an addition to an accessory structure.
Rank this Week: 1638

Green Building Law Update

Green Building Law Update

Covers green building trends and regulations for the construction, design and insurance industries. By Chris Cheatham.

http://www.greenbuildinglawupdate.com/
  • Mar 22

    Eco Terrorism is Not in the Headlines so Did it Ever Exist?

    Eco Terrorism is Not in the Headlines so Did it Ever Exist?
    America’s most notorious eco-terrorist, Eric Taylor McDavid, was surprisingly released from prison earlier this year after serving 8 years of a 20 year sentence when a Federal judge determined “the FBI withheld documents from…
  • Mar 17

    Green Code Mandatory on April 1 For All Building in Baltimore

    Green Code Mandatory on April 1 For All Building in Baltimore
    By Jacqueline Lusk and Stuart Kaplow Baltimore City adopted the International Green Construction Code 2012 as an overlay to the City’s building, fire and related codes effective April 1, 2015. And despite that the IgCC becomes mandatory…
  • Mar 6

    Fannie Mae Interest Rate Break on Green Building

    Fannie Mae Interest Rate Break on Green Building
    The exciting news in residential green building is that the Federal National Mortgage Association, commonly known as Fannie Mae, is providing incentives, including lower interest rates for multifamily properties with a green building…
Rank this Week: 1804

California Land Use Blog

California Land Use Blog

Covers land use law for developers, owners and businesses. By Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP.

http://landuselaw.jmbm.com/
  • Mar 20

    Land Use Lawyer: Football in Los Angeles? It's All About The Land.

    Land Use Lawyer: Football in Los Angeles? It's All About The Land.
    By Benjamin M. Reznik The Los Angeles area, which once boasted two professional football teams, has been without an NFL franchise for twenty years. That's not to say there haven't been several stadium proposals during that time, among them…
  • Feb 5

    California Land Use Lawyer: Will We See CEQA Reform In 2015?

    California Land Use Lawyer: Will We See CEQA Reform In 2015?
    By Benjamin M. Reznik In terms of land use regulations that have far-reaching effects on development in California, the application - or misapplication - of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is near the top of the list. CEQA,…
  • Jan 7

    Residential Development in California: New Density Bonus Law Makes New Affordable Housing Difficult to Build

    Residential Development in California: New Density Bonus Law Makes New Affordable Housing Difficult to Build
    By Matthew Hinks Governor Brown signed into law on September 27, 2014, AB2222, which amends the State's Density Bonus Law ("DBL"), Gov't Code §§ 65915, et seq. to establish significant constraints upon the use of the incentives…
Rank this Week: 4966

Environmental Law Prof Blog

Environmental Law Prof Blog

Edited by Deepa Badrinarayana, Blake Hudson, Lesley K. McAllister, Dave Owen, Todd Aagaard, Robin Kundis Craig and Jessica Owley.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/environmental_law/
  • Mar 17

    Ninth Circuit Upholds EPA Approval of South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 317

    Ninth Circuit Upholds EPA Approval of South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 317
    On March 11, a panel of the Ninth Circuit (Schroeder, Silverman, Garbis (by designation)) issued a decision in NRDC v. EPA. In 2011, the South Coast Air Quality Management District adopted Rule 317, which imposes fees on certain programs…
  • Mar 17

    Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Seaman’s Manslaughter Charges Against BP Employee

    Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Seaman’s Manslaughter Charges Against BP Employee
    On March 11, a panel of the Fifth Circuit (Higginbotham, Jones, Prado) issued a decision in United States v. Kaluza, a criminal prosecution arising out of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Kaluza and...
  • Mar 12

    The Advisory Concurrence

    The Advisory Concurrence
    On Monday, the Supreme Court decided Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association, a case in which all the fun is in the concurrences. The Court’s opinion, written with efficiency and clarity by Justice Sotomayor, disposes of the Paralyzed…
Rank this Week: 925

Aviation and Airport Development…

Aviation and Airport Development Law

Covers aviation law issues, including federal environmental and transportation regulations. By Chevalier, Allen and Lichman, LLP.

http://www.aviationairportdevelopmentlaw.com/
Rank this Week: 428

Janzen Ag Law Blog

Janzen Ag Law Blog

Agricultural law blog that seeks to bring current legal issues of interest to the doorsteps of farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses. Tackles state and federal environmental issues related to agriculture. By Todd Janzen.

http://www.janzenaglaw.com/
  • Mar 17

    Big Data on the Farm: Legal Issues Surrounding Farm Data Ownership, Transfer, and Control

    Big Data on the Farm: Legal Issues Surrounding Farm Data Ownership, Transfer, and Control
    This Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 12:30 EDT, I'll be hosting a webinar titled "Big Data on the Farm: Legal Issues Surrounding Farm Data Ownership, Transfer, and Control."  The webinar is hosted by ThompsonReuters and geared towards a…
  • Mar 12

    Don't Forget the Little Guy: Proposed FAA Rules for "Micro" UAV

    Don't Forget the Little Guy: Proposed FAA Rules for &quot;Micro&quot; UAV
    Many articles have been written about the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) proposed rules for "small" unmanned aerial systems ("small UAS" or "small UAVs"). But most authors have overlooked that the FAA is also considering special,…
  • Mar 5

    Ten Key Points to the FAA's Proposed Small UAV Rule

    Ten Key Points to the FAA's Proposed Small UAV Rule
    The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has released proposed rules that would govern the integration of “small” unmanned aerial systems (“small UAS”) into the National Airspace System. The proposed…
Rank this Week: 4921

Real Property & Environmental Law…

Real Property & Environmental Law Alert

Covers transactional real estate, development/redevelopment, and environmental law. By Gibbons.

http://www.rpelawalert.com/
  • Mar 16

    New Jersey Supreme Court Appoints Trial Court the Venue for Affordable Housing Dispute

    New Jersey Supreme Court Appoints Trial Court the Venue for Affordable Housing Dispute
    Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a green light to developers and other interested parties to eventually pursue builders’ remedy actions in New Jersey Superior Court. The decision is the latest in a battle over affordable…
  • Feb 19

    Howard Geneslaw and Jason Tuvel to Speak at the 2015 Land Use Update

    Howard Geneslaw and Jason Tuvel to Speak at the 2015 Land Use Update
    Howard D. Geneslaw, a Director in the firm’s Real Property & Environmental Department and Secretary of the Land Use Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, will be participating, as both a moderator and speaker, at the…
  • Feb 3

    Governor Cuomo Proposes Major Changes to State Brownfield Cleanup Program

    Governor Cuomo Proposes Major Changes to State Brownfield Cleanup Program
    In his budget proposal unveiled on January 21, Governor Andrew Cuomo included recommendations that would significantly change the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program… Continue Reading
Rank this Week: 1486

WE-blog: Wildlife and Environment…

WE-blog: Wildlife and Environment Blog

Covers environmental law. By Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.

http://we-blog-meyerglitz.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 13

    The Norfolk Eagles Have Eaglets!

    The Norfolk Eagles Have Eaglets!
    We are thrilled to announce the birth of eaglets who are the offspring of the Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagles we have been working to protect for several years on behalf of the Eagle On Alliance.  Despite the Wildlife Services’…
  • Mar 13

    Success In Thwarting Efforts To Remove Wild Horses From The Nevada Range

    Success In Thwarting Efforts To Remove Wild Horses From The Nevada Range
    Judge Du of the Federal District Court for Nevada has granted our motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by various Nevada ranching interests to compel the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to remove thousands of wild horses from public lands in…
  • Mar 5

    Ringling Brothers Announces It Will No Longer Use Elephants In Its Circu

    Ringling Brothers Announces It Will No Longer Use Elephants In Its Circu
    Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus today announced that it will finally phase out the use of Asian elephants in its Circus.  See New York Times.  With the help of many animal advocates and elephant experts, the…
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CEQA Developments

CEQA Developments

Covers California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemptions, legislation, litigation and reform. By Miller Starr Regalia.

http://www.ceqadevelopments.com
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Environmental Crimes Blog

Environmental Crimes Blog

Covers environmental crimes and enforcement, from pre-trial to trial strategy. By Walter D. James III.

http://environmentalblog.typepad.com/environmental_crimes_blog/
  • Mar 12

    Exide Technologies Follow-up

    Exide Technologies Follow-up
    On March 12, 2015, Exide Technologies announced that it will permanently close its lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, CA under the terms of a non-prosecution agreement reached with the USAO for the Central District of California.…
  • Mar 11

    Exide Technologies, Vernon, CA

    Exide Technologies, Vernon, CA
    An interesting article in the Los Angeles Times on Exide Technologies’ Vernon, CA smelter (think just south of downtown Los Angeles) that shows, somewhat, the interplay of civil enforcement, criminal enforcement, local activism and…
  • Jan 29

    USEPA Databases Searchable by the Public

    USEPA Databases Searchable by the Public
    Often times, people want more information and do not know where to go to on-line to find it. Below is a handy list of some of the searchable databases maintained by the government that are environmentally oriented. Envirofacts:…
Rank this Week: 3284

Claimer.org

Claimer.org

Covers environmental and climate change liability theories and current practical climate change Litigation applications in court cases in the U.S., Europe, and international jurisdictions.

http://news.claimer.org/
Rank this Week: 2279

Real Estate and Construction Law…

Real Estate and Construction Law Blog

Up-to-date information on real estate, construction, environmental, and land use law. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.realestatelanduseandenvironmentallaw.com/
Rank this Week: 829

Saxe Envirolaw News

Saxe Envirolaw News

Features environmental law updates on climate change, compliance, and pesticides. By Dianne Saxe.

http://envirolaw.com
  • Mar 9

    Environmental Tribunal rejects two more anti-wind appeal

    Environmental Tribunal rejects two more anti-wind appeal
    The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal has rejected two more anti-wind appeals, Cham Shan Temple v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (13-140) and County of Lambton v. Director, Ministry of the Environment…
  • Mar 5

    Ontario’s Climate Change Consultation

    Ontario’s Climate Change Consultation
    We recently blogged about Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015. The paper reveals the province’s current thinking on climate change policy options and seeks public input on the following specific questions: 1. How can…
  • Mar 3

    More cities adopting stormwater fees: you pave, you pay

    More cities adopting stormwater fees: you pave, you pay
    In 2011,  we wrote about the innovative stormwater fee adopted by Kitchener, Ontario, following English and American precedents. Instead of funding storm water management through fees for municipal water, which penalizes heavy water…
Rank this Week: 682

Ohio Environmental Law Blog

Ohio Environmental Law Blog

Discusses environmental law and policy at both the national level and with a focus on developments in Ohio. By Joseph P. Koncelik of Frantz Ward LLP.

http://www.ohioenvironmentallawblog.com/
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Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida…

Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate

Covers real estate and environmental issues in Southwest Florida. By Henderson Franklin.

http://www.legalscoopswflre.com/
  • Mar 6

    What to Expect Following the Sunset of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclose Act

    What to Expect Following the Sunset of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclose Act
    On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009 (the “Act”). The Act was created during the height of the foreclosure crisis as a temporary measure to protect tenants who entered…
  • Feb 24

    Lee County Impact Fee Vote Fast Approaching

    Lee County Impact Fee Vote Fast Approaching
    As discussed in my last blog on this topic, impact fee rates in Lee County continue to be a focus for many in the community. At its February 3rd meeting, the Board of County Commissioners (“BOCC”) adopted the proposed rate…
  • Feb 4

    Homestead Deadline Approaching for Lee County Landowner

    Homestead Deadline Approaching for Lee County Landowner
    The homestead application filing deadline of March 1 is approaching quickly. Below is a snapshot of eligibility and documentation requirements for real property owned in Lee County, Florida. What is the Homestead Exemption? The homestead…
Rank this Week: 1445

GreenLaw

GreenLaw

provide information, context, and commentary on current events and developments in the field of environmental law. By Pace University School of Law's environmental law program.

http://greenlaw.blogs.law.pace.edu/
  • Feb 20

    Cataloguing Impacts Of The Shale Boom: A Foundation For Local Governance

    Cataloguing Impacts Of The Shale Boom: A Foundation For Local Governance
    Pace Law School’s Land Use Law Center and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES) are collaborating to identify the distinctly local impacts of hydraulic fracturing and how local governments can respond where…
  • Dec 17

    “Zoning In” Water Conservation

    “Zoning In” Water Conservation
    As we approach zoning’s centennial in 2016, the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School is examining what is durable and what is deficient in land use regulation today.   As times change, zoning must renew itself by adjusting…
  • Dec 1

    A “New” Strategy for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption: Sustainable Human Settlement

    A “New” Strategy for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption: Sustainable Human Settlement
    As climate negotiators prepare for their discussions in Lima, they must focus on one of the most neglected strategies for mitigating and adapting to climate change: creating sustainable human settlements. My work for a land use law center…
Rank this Week: 1129

Spatial Law

Spatial Law

Covers legal issues associated with geospatial data and technology. Published by Kevin Pomfret.

http://spatiallaw.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 18

    How White House Privacy Rules Will Impact Commercial Use of UAV

    How White House Privacy Rules Will Impact Commercial Use of UAV
    There has been a great deal written recently about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) release of proposed regulation concerning the commercial use of Unmanned Aviation Vehicles (UAVs) – or drones. (An informative…
  • Jan 14

    Spatial Law and Policy Update (January 14, 2015)

    Spatial Law and Policy Update (January 14, 2015)
    Each week the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy prepares the Spatial Law and Policy Update for its members. The Update contains approximately 20-25 links to recent developments that will impact the…
  • Jan 8

    Spatial Law and Policy UAV Update (January 8, 2015)

    Spatial Law and Policy UAV Update (January 8, 2015)
    Each week the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy prepares for its members an update on key legal and policy links associated with the collection, use, storage and distribution of geospatial information. The following are some of the top…
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On Solid Ground: The Mirick Real…

On Solid Ground: The Mirick Real Estate Law Blog

Covers news and commentary on real estate development, environmental and construction law. By Mirick O'Connell.

http://mirickrealestatelawblog.com/
  • Feb 18

    MassDEP Obtains Judgment From Superior Court for $265k Fine at Taunton Plating Facility

    MassDEP Obtains Judgment From Superior Court for $265k Fine at Taunton Plating Facility
    According to a press release issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today, the Suffolk Superior Court issued a judgment against a New York City-based company for failing to properly address historical…
  • Dec 31

    On Solid Ground’s Top Five Stories of 2014

    On Solid Ground’s Top Five Stories of 2014
    With the year coming to an end, we take a moment to look back at the year that was.  Each year brings new developments in real estate, environmental and construction law, and 2014 was no exception.  Here’s our top five…
  • Dec 9

    ATB: Solar Energy Systems Exempt From Property Taxe

    ATB: Solar Energy Systems Exempt From Property Taxe
    Solar energy systems providing power to off-site locations are exempt from local property taxes, according to a ruling from the Appellate Tax Board. The ATB’s decision in Forrestall Enterprises, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of the Town of…
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Real Property & Development Review

Real Property & Development Review

Covers construction, environmental, land use and real estate law. By Davis, Wright Tremaine LLP.

http://www.dwtrealpropertyreview.com/
Rank this Week: 1225

Kentucky Environmental Matters

Kentucky Environmental Matters

Covers Kentucky environmental law matters, including pollution, human health and toxic torts. By Jeffrey M. Sanders.

http://jeffreymsanders.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 1378

MGKF Litigation Blog

MGKF Litigation Blog

Covers recent cases in the environmental arena. By Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP.

http://www.mgkflitigationblog.com/
Rank this Week: 4622

The Remediation Wire

The Remediation Wire

Covers environmental news, laws, regulations, and upcoming events. By Marc D. Policastro and Andrew B. Robins.

http://www.remediationwire.com
Rank this Week: 4283

GREENberg bLAWg

GREENberg bLAWg

Covers environmental law, climate change, and clean technology. By Greenberg Glusker.

http://environmentallawblog.greenbergglusker.com/
  • Jan 22

    Public Entities Can Inadvertently Waive Privilege in Response to a Public Records Act Request

    Public Entities Can Inadvertently Waive Privilege in Response to a Public Records Act Request
    California’s Public Records Act (PRA) law requires public entities to make their public records open for inspection and copying. Environmental practitioners often use PRA requests as a tool to obtain information regarding a contaminated…
  • Nov 26

    THE SUNSET WILL LAST A LITTLE LONGER — UST FUND EXTENDED

    THE SUNSET WILL LAST A LITTLE LONGER — UST FUND EXTENDED
    On September 25, 2014, Governor Brown signed SB 445 (Hill) Underground storage tanks; hazardous substances: petroleum: groundwater and surface water contamination into law (UST Law).  The UST Law was an urgency measure that took effect…
  • Nov 26

    CEQA Lead Agencies Do Not Waive Defense that CEQA Did Not Apply Despite Proceeding under CEQA

    CEQA Lead Agencies Do Not Waive Defense that CEQA Did Not Apply Despite Proceeding under CEQA
    Recently, the court in Rominger v. County of Colusa found that a lead agency which approved a mitigated negative declaration for a project, can take the seemingly inconsistent position that the proposed project was not a California…
Rank this Week: 5040