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GREENberg bLAWg

GREENberg bLAWg

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

http://environmentallawblog.greenbergglusker.com/
  • Sep 30

    Substantive Dispute over Land Application of Biosolids Remains Unresolved

    Substantive Dispute over Land Application of Biosolids Remains Unresolved
    Form over substance continues to obscure the substantive issue presented in the case of the City of Los Angeles (City) vs. Kern County (County). At its core, the dispute involves the land application of biosolids. Biosolids are organic…
  • Jan 6

    ASTM Issues New Standard For Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

    ASTM Issues New Standard For Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
    On November 6, 2013, ASTM revised its standard for conducting Phase I environmental site assessments, known as Standard E1527-13 (entitled “Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment…
  • Jan 6

    City’s Decision to Not Prepare an EIR Upheld Under Substantial Evidence Standard

    City’s Decision to Not Prepare an EIR Upheld Under Substantial Evidence Standard
    Earlier this month, in Latinos Unidos De Napa v. City of Napa, the California Court of Appeals upheld the city of Napa’s determination that it did not have to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) under the California…
Rank this Week: 3965

Switchboard

Switchboard

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

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/
  • Sep 30

    We Came, We Marched, We Demanded Climate Action!

    We Came, We Marched, We Demanded Climate Action!
    Tiffany Traynum, Program Assistant, San Francisco: Trouble-makers for good  -- the influencers who shape history, from world leaders and to grass-roots advocates-- for the most part have something in common, which is…
  • Sep 30

    Lots of Energy in the US-India Partnership

    Lots of Energy in the US-India Partnership
    Avinash Kar, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: Earlier today, my colleagues and I were at the 5th Annual US-India Energy Partnership Summit in Washington DC, even as President Obama and Prime Minister Modi…
  • Sep 30

    Our Food Lifeline: A SXSW Eco 2014 Preview

    Our Food Lifeline: A SXSW Eco 2014 Preview
    Claire O'Connor, Policy Analyst, Santa Monica: How can we help family farmers feed the world while caring for the earth? That’s the focus of World Food Day 2014, organized by the United Nation’s Food and…
Rank this Week: 955

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/
  • Sep 30

    Jackson upholds EPA veto of Spruce Mine permit

    Jackson upholds EPA veto of Spruce Mine permit
    Opinion The case was on remand from D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Excerpts: “The Court agrees that EPA must show a causal link between the discharges it seeks to  prohibit and the unacceptable adverse effects that justify its…
  • Sep 30

    Withdrawal of dunes sagebrush lizard listing proposal upheld

    Withdrawal of dunes sagebrush lizard listing proposal upheld
    U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras has rejected claims by Defenders of Wildlife and Center for Biological Diversity that FWS improperly withdrew its proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard (Defenders of Wildlife v. Jewell, 13-0919…
  • Sep 30

    Judge rejects Wyoming’s attempt to regain wolf control

    Judge rejects Wyoming’s attempt to regain wolf control
    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has denied motions by Wyoming and the federal government to alter her ruling that reinstated endangered species protections for the gray wolf in that state. A hearing was held today in Jackson’s…
Rank this Week: 3545

Legal Planet

Legal Planet

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

http://legalplanet.wordpress.com/
  • Sep 30

    California Becomes First State to Ban Disposable Plastic Bag

    California Becomes First State to Ban Disposable Plastic Bag
    California has become the first state in the nation to ban major retail stores from providing single-use carryout plastic bags to their customers.  The new legislation similarly prohibits stores from selling or distributing recycled…
  • Sep 30

    2014 Senate Races and the Environment: Alaska and Colorado

    2014 Senate Races and the Environment: Alaska and Colorado
    Alaska and Colorado may both think of themselves as having a link to the frontier, but they’re also very different in terms of demographics and dependence on the oil industry.  The Senate races in the two states are also similar in…
  • Sep 30

    Human Fingerprints on Australia’s Record Heatwave

    Human Fingerprints on Australia’s Record Heatwave
    Australia — or at least Australia’s current government — downplays the danger of climate change.   But, as a famous physicist once said, “reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot…
Rank this Week: 891

Eminent Domain Blog

Eminent Domain Blog

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

http://eminentdomain.foxrothschild.com/
  • Sep 30

    Hoboken Found To Have Misapplied Property Rehabilitation Law

    Hoboken Found To Have Misapplied Property Rehabilitation Law
    The New Jersey Appellate Division recently held that Hoboken cannot designate an 11.5-acre site in the city as an “area in need of rehabilitation,” which had allowed it to implement a redevelopment plan.  It found that the…
  • Sep 26

    Ga. Supreme Court Prohibits Abandonment of Condemnation After Award By Special Master

    Ga. Supreme Court Prohibits Abandonment of Condemnation After Award By Special Master
    The Georgia Supreme Court recently ruled that a condemning authority cannot unilaterally dismiss a condemnation action after the special master has rendered an award. In Dillard Land Investments LLC v. Fulton County, 2014 Ga. LEXIS 583 (Case…
  • Sep 13

    VT Governor Advocates Hiring Independent Appraiser For Pipeline Case

    VT Governor Advocates Hiring Independent Appraiser For Pipeline Case
    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin wants the VT Department of Public Service to hire an independent property appraiser to participate in eminent domain proceedings for the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project. “I am concerned at the transparency…
Rank this Week: 1690

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/
Rank this Week: 3266

Law of the Lands - Farm, Energy…

Law of the Lands - Farm, Energy and Enviro Law

Provides legal information of interest to landowners in the areas of agriculture law, energy law and environmental law. By John Goudy.

http://landownerlaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 3737

eNewsUSA

eNewsUSA

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

http://enewsusa.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 30

    More Action Is Needed to Protect Water Resources From Unmonitored Hazardous Chemical

    More Action Is Needed to Protect Water Resources From Unmonitored Hazardous Chemical
    OIG: More Action Is Needed to Protect Water Resources From Unmonitored Hazardous Chemicals – EPA's Office of Inspector General says "Management controls put in place by the EPA to regulate and control hazardous chemical…
  • Sep 29

    U.S. EPA Approves Carbon Sequestration Permit in Decatur, Illinoi

    U.S. EPA Approves Carbon Sequestration Permit in Decatur, Illinoi
    U.S. EPA Approves Carbon Sequestration Permit in Decatur, Illinois - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a permit allowing the Archer Daniels Midland Company to inject carbon dioxide deep underground in Decatur, …
  • Sep 26

    New York summit: what it means for climate treaty prospect

    New York summit: what it means for climate treaty prospect
    New York summit: what it means for climate treaty prospects - ANALYSIS: The world's superpowers have woken from their climate coma, but there is still much work to do towards a global deal. . . International Institute for…
Rank this Week: 763

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: 3419

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/
  • Sep 30

    While FAA Regulations Stay Grounded, State Drone Laws Take Flight

    While FAA Regulations Stay Grounded, State Drone Laws Take Flight
    Harvest photo taken from a UAV.Thanks @TheChadColby.Indiana is one of at least twelve states that enacted laws this past year limiting use "unmanned aerial vehicles" (UAVs) or "drones." The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has known…
  • Sep 11

    Indiana Sets Rules for "Satellite" Manure Storage Structure

    Indiana Sets Rules for "Satellite" Manure Storage Structure
    A few years ago, concerned Indiana residents raised complaints with their elected officials about the storage of manure in remote ponds, or “lagoons” that were not sited next to existing livestock farms.  There was also…
  • Aug 27

    Top 10 CAFO Violation

    Top 10 CAFO Violation
    David Letterman has his Top 10 list.  Now the Indiana Department of Environment Management (IDEM) has its Top 10 list for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).  These large livestock producers are primarily regulated…
Rank this Week: 2123

Spatial Law

Spatial Law

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

http://spatiallaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 29

    FAA' s Provides Guidance on Commercial Use of UAV

    FAA' s Provides Guidance on Commercial Use of UAV
    Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted several film and television production companies the right to use UAVs for filming. The FAA’s permission for such use is an exemption to the general prohibition in the U.S. on…
  • Sep 21

    Spatial Law and Policy Update (September 19, 2014)

    Spatial Law and Policy Update (September 19, 2014)
    PrivacyHOW THE NAPA EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED BAY AREA SLEEPERS  (Jawbone)PUBLIC VS. NONPUBLIC DATA: THE BENEFITS OF ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROLS  (Stanford Law Journal)Apple Watch Privacy Questioned by Connecticut AG Jepsen …
  • Sep 21

    What is Spatial Law and Why is it Important?

    What is Spatial Law and Why is it Important?
    Last week (September 18, 2014) I had the opportunity to speak at the Yale University Information Society Project (ISP) "Ideas" Lunch.  A copy of my presentation, "What is Spatial Law and Why is it Important" can be found here.  
Rank this Week: 1692

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/
  • Sep 29

    The Expanding Availability of Apportionment To Limit Liability in Superfund Case

    The Expanding Availability of Apportionment To Limit Liability in Superfund Case
    In Burlington Northern in 2008, the US Supreme Court ruled that Superfund liability could be apportioned whenever there was a reasonable basis for showing that the harm was divisible, such as by considering the length of time a PRP had been…
  • Sep 25

    EOEEA Releases Draft Ocean Management Plan Update: Now with Fee

    EOEEA Releases Draft Ocean Management Plan Update: Now with Fee
    The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) recently released for public review and comment a draft update to the Ocean Management Plan for the Commonwealth. The Oceans Act, signed by Governor…
  • Sep 23

    CERCLA Preempts Local Cleanup Bylaws; PRPs Everywhere Breath a Sigh of Relief

    CERCLA Preempts Local Cleanup Bylaws; PRPs Everywhere Breath a Sigh of Relief
    In an important decision yesterday, Judge Douglas Woodlock of the District of Massachusetts confirmed that CERCLA preempts local cleanup bylaws. The case involved one aspect of the cleanup of the W.R. Grace Superfund Site in Acton,…
Rank this Week: 4688

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/
  • Sep 29

    Study: Lake Erie silt dumping isn't fueling algae

    Study: Lake Erie silt dumping isn't fueling algae
    Study: Lake Erie silt dumping isn't fueling algae - Study released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found that silt dumped into the lake isn't a primary source of the phosphorus that feeds the algae, which produces toxins that…
  • Sep 26

    Great Lakes in unprecedented danger, Chicago mayor say

    Great Lakes in unprecedented danger, Chicago mayor say
    Great Lakes in unprecedented danger, Chicago mayor says - The discussion is no longer just about the environmental health of the five big lakes. It's also about the health of the millions of people who rely on them for their…
  • Sep 25

    Coalition Supports New Great Lakes Action Plan

    Coalition Supports New Great Lakes Action Plan
    Coalition Supports New Great Lakes Action Plan - The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is supporting a new Great Lakes action plan that will guide federal restoration efforts for the next five years. (c)Waste…
Rank this Week: 2247

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/
  • Sep 29

    Smith Lake Improvement and Stakeholders Association v. FERC, et al.

    Smith Lake Improvement and Stakeholders Association v. FERC, et al.
    Smith Lake Improvement and Stakeholders Association v. FERC, et al. - In the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Case No. 13-1074. The Panel said, "Petitioner Smith Lake Improvement and Stakeholder Association asserts…
  • Sep 26

    USA v. NCR Corporation

    USA v. NCR Corporation
    USA v. NCR Corporation - 9/25/14. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Case No. 13-2441 & 13-2447. Two decisions related to the cleanup of the Lower Fox River and Green Bay Su-perfund Site in northeastern Wisconsin.…
  • Sep 25

    Friends of the Wild Swan v. Weber

    Friends of the Wild Swan v. Weber
    Friends of the Wild Swan v. Weber - 9/24/14. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case Nos. 13-35817 & 13-35819. The panel affirmed the district court's denial of two preliminary injunctions in plaintiff…
Rank this Week: 705

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/
Rank this Week: 2709

Clean Air Watch

Clean Air Watch

Covers clean air laws and policies.

http://www.cleanairwatch.org/
  • Sep 29

    That Was the Week That Was (TW3) for Clean Air

    That Was the Week That Was (TW3) for Clean Air
    [With fond viewer memories of the late Ned Sherrin and David Frost] It is so difficult in this breathless, breaking-news-tweet-every-moment era to put matters in perspective. We are going to give this a shot in a brief look back at clean-air…
  • Sep 14

    Eco-Friendly, Or... Four Major Contributions to Teen Accident

    Eco-Friendly, Or... Four Major Contributions to Teen Accident
    [This guest post is from Holly Chavez, a frequent contributor to the Clean Air Watch blog]Carpooling may be second nature to you. You may think nothing at all about picking up fellow co-workers or neighbors who need a ride to work each…
  • Sep 11

    Throwback Thursday: Then-EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Said Bush Smog Standard "Not Legally Defensible"

    Throwback Thursday: Then-EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Said Bush Smog Standard "Not Legally Defensible"
    This letter from July 2011 by then-EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is a good reminder as we await EPA's expected December 1 proposal on a new national standard for ozone, or smog. As you are probably aware, industry groups and their…
Rank this Week: 1254

Nimonik

Nimonik

Covers Canadian environmental and energy law.

http://www.nimonik.com/blog/
  • Sep 28

    Invite users to your audit on the fly

    Invite users to your audit on the fly
    Compliance is a team sport. To ensure your operations are compliant, you need everyone on the same page and working towards the same goal. That is why Nimonik has moved away from per user (or per seat) charges and provides unlimited users on…
  • Sep 25

    Smart Compliance Audits with Jump Question

    Smart Compliance Audits with Jump Question
    Nimonik is thrilled to announce a new feature on NimonikApp.com and Nimonik Audit for iPad and iPhone: Smart Audits with Jump Questions. Audits and inspections can now contain logic, allowing you to skip questions based on your responses to…
  • Sep 24

    Pollution in emerging economies, the example of Ghana in West Africa

    Pollution in emerging economies, the example of Ghana in West Africa
    Many emerging economies have a tremendous number of environmental problems, including, but not limited to, air pollution, drinking-water contamination, sanitation and waste management, industrial waste and depletion of natural resources. The…
Rank this Week: 4969

GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law…

GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law Blog

Covers renewable energy, environmental regulation and the Clean Water Act. By Gordon Thomas Honeywell.

http://www.energynaturalresourceslaw.com/
  • Sep 26

    Ninth Circuit Orders BPA To Reconsider Recovery of Improper Payments to DSI

    Ninth Circuit Orders BPA To Reconsider Recovery of Improper Payments to DSI
    Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the Bonneville Power Administration to reconsider whether it should seek recovery of improper payments made to certain Direct-Service Industrial ("DSI") customers. The…
  • Sep 25

    Join Maj. Gen. (ret.) Tim Lowenberg for APPA's Grid Security Summit

    Join Maj. Gen. (ret.) Tim Lowenberg for APPA's Grid Security Summit
    We cordially invite you to attend the American Public Power Association's Grid Security Summit on November 12-13 in Arlington, Virginia. Our colleague, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Timothy Lowenberg, one of the nation's leading experts on cybersecurity…
  • Sep 12

    Regulators Revolve: FERC Says Hello to Honorable, Ciao to Norri

    Regulators Revolve: FERC Says Hello to Honorable, Ciao to Norri
    Earlier this week, the White House officially nominated Collette Honorable to become the next Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC"). Ms. Honorable is currently Chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission…
Rank this Week: 2728

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/
  • Sep 26

    Superior Court Issues Significant Decision Regarding Construction Manager

    Superior Court Issues Significant Decision Regarding Construction Manager
    The Worcester Superior Court recently issued an important decision that could significantly affect the risk assumed by construction managers performing public projects under the M.G.L. c. 149A construction manager – at risk delivery…
  • Aug 28

    MassDEP’s New Cleanup Regulations Are Now Effective

    MassDEP’s New Cleanup Regulations Are Now Effective
    As we reported earlier in guest posts from Adam Last of Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc. here and here, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has long been working on significant revisions to the…
  • Jul 16

    Massachusetts Revises Its Building Code Adding Increased Energy Efficiency Standard

    Massachusetts Revises Its Building Code Adding Increased Energy Efficiency Standard
    Following up on my post dated November 15, 2012, as of July 1, 2014, the International Energy Conservation Code (“IECC”) 2012 went into effect, replacing the former baseline building energy code regulations.  The…
Rank this Week: 3144

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom:…

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom: Environmental

Covers environmental law news.

http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/environmental/default.aspx
  • Sep 26

    Blog Post: Critical Cyberinsurance Considerations For Utility Exec

    Blog Post: Critical Cyberinsurance Considerations For Utility Exec
    Because cybercoverages are so varied, and the policy terms new and precise, a utility that decides to buy cyberinsurance without understanding its risks or analyzing the coverage offered may discover that it has unintentionally “gone…
  • Sep 26

    Blog Post: Senators Say It’s Up To Obama To Curb Methane Emission

    Blog Post: Senators Say It’s Up To Obama To Curb Methane Emission
    Fifteen independent and Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to ensure that federal agencies waste no time in adopting policies and strategies to curb pollution from methane, a component of natural gas that they…
  • Sep 26

    Blog Post: Dealmakers Q&A: Saul Ewing’s David Antzi

    Blog Post: Dealmakers Q&A: Saul Ewing’s David Antzi
    There is a great deal of private equity money searching for investments right now, and I have heard that they are regularly being outbid by financial buyers when participating in sale auctions. Yet, strategic buyers typically have one…
Rank this Week: 966

WE-blog: Wildlife and Environment…

WE-blog: Wildlife and Environment Blog

Covers environmental law. By Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.

http://we-blog-meyerglitz.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1509

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/
  • Sep 25

    FAA Grants Exemptions for Filming with Unmanned Aircraft System

    FAA Grants Exemptions for Filming with Unmanned Aircraft System
    In a landmark decision for the UAS (aka drone) industry and for the aviation industry as a whole, the Federal Aviation Administration announced today that it has granted 6 petitions for regulatory exemptions to operate unmanned aircraft…
  • Sep 15

    EPA Challenged to Issue Endangerment Finding and Rule Governing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft Engine

    EPA Challenged to Issue Endangerment Finding and Rule Governing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft Engine
    Two environmental organizations have again taken the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to task for failing in its mandatory duty to determine whether greenhouse gases from aircraft engines cause or contribute…
  • Sep 9

    Water's For Fighting Over

    Water's For Fighting Over
    California’s unprecedented drought provided the impetus in Sacramento in the closing weeks of the Legislature’s 2013-14 session for the passage of sweeping new regulations governing groundwater. The new rules, which Gov. Brown…
Rank this Week: 1685

Endangered Species Law & Policy

Endangered Species Law & Policy

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

http://www.endangeredspecieslawandpolicy.com/
  • Sep 25

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Declines to List Two Arizona Buckwheat Plant

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Declines to List Two Arizona Buckwheat Plant
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has declined to list two Arizona plants under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). On Wednesday, the Service published its 12-month findings on a petition to list the Churchill Narrows buckwheat…
  • Sep 24

    Court Holds Lack of Specificity Dooms Wyoming Wolf Delisting

    Court Holds Lack of Specificity Dooms Wyoming Wolf Delisting
    On September 23, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia invalidated the final rule issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) delisting the Wyoming Gray Wolf distinct population segment from the…
  • Sep 19

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Nixes Proposed Delisting of Central Valley Beetle Specie

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Nixes Proposed Delisting of Central Valley Beetle Specie
    On September 17, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) withdrew (pdf) its proposal (pdf) to remove the valley elderberry longhorn beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus) from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered…
Rank this Week: 3603

CEQA Developments

CEQA Developments

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

http://www.ceqadevelopments.com
Rank this Week: 4826

Greenversations

Greenversations

Official blog of US EPA.

http://blog.epa.gov/blog
  • Sep 25

    Memories of a childhood home with a septic system in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Memories of a childhood home with a septic system in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    By Hiwot Gebremariam A couple of years ago during SepticSmart Week, my colleague Maureen Pepper (Tooke) shared her experience growing up with a septic system in New Jersey. Let me share mine from another side of the world. I grew up in Addis…
  • Sep 24

    Ignite the Passion with Citizen Science

    Ignite the Passion with Citizen Science
    By Grace Robiou Citizen science is forcing us to rethink how science is performed, for whom science is conducted, and its role in our society. In essence, citizen science refers to the participation of the public in the activities and tasks…
  • Sep 22

    Old Habits Can Be Broken

    Old Habits Can Be Broken
    By Maureen Pepper (Tooke) When I moved into my position in EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management, I knew a great deal about environmental issues. However, I knew little about septic systems other than the one attached to the house I…
Rank this Week: 106

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: 1727

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/
  • Sep 23

    Key Update on JobsOhio Revitalization Brownfield Program

    Key Update on JobsOhio Revitalization Brownfield Program
    Last week, we hosted a very successful seminar covering commercial and industrial property redevelopment.  I participated on a panel that included JobsOhio, the City of Cleveland and TeamNEO discussing brownfield redevelopment, in…
  • Sep 15

    Only About 1/2 of Phase I Assessments Analyze for Vapor Migration Risk

    Only About 1/2 of Phase I Assessments Analyze for Vapor Migration Risk
    Phase I Environmental Assessments (Phase I ESA) are the first step in the environmental due diligence process.  A Phase I ESA is a review of available information regarding a property to determine the possibility contamination may be…
  • Sep 2

    Army Corps Wetland Jurisdictional Determinations Are Not Reviewable

    Army Corps Wetland Jurisdictional Determinations Are Not Reviewable
    According to the 5th Circuit in Belle v. Army Corps of Engineers, nothing has changed with regard to the inability of a property owner to challenge an Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) decision that federally protected wetlands exist on the…
Rank this Week: 4512

Renewable + Law

Renewable + Law

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

http://www.lawofrenewableenergy.com/
  • Sep 23

    California’s New Streamlined #Solar Permitting Law Goes into Effect

    California’s New Streamlined #Solar Permitting Law Goes into Effect
    Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2188, which is designed to streamline the permitting process for small rooftop solar systems. The new law seeks to give California’s Million Solar Roofs target a boost by…
  • Sep 17

    Minnesota Community Solar Garden Program Approved, Set to Open

    Minnesota Community Solar Garden Program Approved, Set to Open
    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission today issued its long-awaited Order approving (with modifications) Xcel Energy’s Community Solar Garden (CSG) Program - Solar Rewards*Community.  The Order starts the clock for the…
  • Sep 16

    SDG&E Issues Max 800 MW All-Source RFO, with caveat

    SDG&E Issues Max 800 MW All-Source RFO, with caveat
    We recently learned that San Diego Gas and Electric has issued a 2014 All Source Request for Offers (RFO). The RFO requests offers for up to 800 MW from the following resources: Energy Efficiency (EE) Demand Response (DR)…
Rank this Week: 4381

SullivanLawNet

SullivanLawNet

Legal news and analysis, with an emphasis on international and domestic intellectual property developments. By Shawn Sullivan.

http://sullivanlaw.net/
  • Sep 22

    Criminal Convictions in Salmonella Case

    Criminal Convictions in Salmonella Case
    A U.S. federal jury convicted three former food company executives of several crimes relating to a 2008-09 outbreak of Salmonella infections resulting from the production and distribution of adulterated peanut butter. See…
  • Sep 9

    3 Months in Spanish Prison for Plant Variety Rights Infringement

    3 Months in Spanish Prison for Plant Variety Rights Infringement
    On July 10, 2014, a criminal court in southwestern Spain sentenced a grower of carnation flowers to three months in prison, plus a fine of € 360 EUR, for infringing plant variety rights in violation of Article 274.3 of the ……
  • Sep 8

    Ecuador: Change Constitution to Protect Traditional Knowledge

    Ecuador: Change Constitution to Protect Traditional Knowledge
      Ecuador’s national government has proposed to amend the country’s constitution to provide special protections against the misappropriation of traditional knowledge and biological diversity. Propuesta de enmiendas…
Rank this Week: 2519

Real Property & Environmental Law…

Real Property & Environmental Law Alert

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

http://www.rpelawalert.com/
  • Sep 22

    NJDEP Document Review Process Curtailed: More Autonomy for LSRP

    NJDEP Document Review Process Curtailed: More Autonomy for LSRP
    Unable to keep up with submittals from Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP) and with the resulting increase in review times, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has recently decided to defer the review of…
  • Sep 18

    Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Authority to Regulate Carbon Emissions from Stationary Source

    Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Authority to Regulate Carbon Emissions from Stationary Source
    Since the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, it has been clear that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has the authority under the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) to regulate emissions of…
  • Sep 3

    Potential Change Coming to NJ’s Economic Opportunity Act

    Potential Change Coming to NJ’s Economic Opportunity Act
    The “New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013” overhauled New Jersey’s economic development programs. The Act retooled and substantially enhanced the State’s job creation and retention program known as the Grow NJ…
Rank this Week: 1198

Saxe Envirolaw News

Saxe Envirolaw News

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

http://envirolaw.com
  • Sep 18

    Can the threat of personal liability stop fluoridation?

    Can the threat of personal liability stop fluoridation?
    Opponents of fluoridation have started to threaten councillors with personal liability for fluoridated water, in the hope of changing municipal policy on water treatment. The province created this problem, and they should fix it.
  • Sep 16

    Class Action for Harming Bees with Neonicotinoid

    Class Action for Harming Bees with Neonicotinoid
    This is the first Canadian class action lawsuit filed for harm caused by Neonicotinoid pesticides, potentially responsible for the worldwide collapse of bee and other pollinator populations.
  • Sep 15

    Dianne is quoted in the Globe on Green Bond

    Dianne is quoted in the Globe on Green Bond
    See Richard Blackwell’s interesting story about Solarshare and Green Bonds in today’s Globe and Mail.
Rank this Week: 309

Green Building Law

Green Building Law

Covers legal issues related to green building and sustainable development. By Shari Shapiro.

http://www.greenbuildinglawblog.com/
  • Sep 18

    Can Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Make "MPGs" for Homes Mainstream?

    Can Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Make "MPGs" for Homes Mainstream?
     I was at a presentation by the Department of Energy on Wednesday (hosted by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships) where they reviewed the status of their Home Energy Score program.  Like the fuel economy stickers on…
  • Sep 4

    Learning from Advocacy for Energy Efficient Building Code

    Learning from Advocacy for Energy Efficient Building Code
    As the reaction to EPA's Clean Carbon Plan has demonstrated in living color, environmental regulation is tough in the United States in 2014.  For many years, there has been many efforts to use innovative tools to promote adoption and…
  • Sep 2

    Use the Construction Industry Model to Regulate the Sharing Economy

    Use the Construction Industry Model to Regulate the Sharing Economy
    Welcome back from vacation.  To ease you back into the workday routine, I want to share a post I wrote for RegBlog, the blog of the University of Pennsylvania Program on Regulation, about regulating sharing economy companies like Uber,…
Rank this Week: 2546

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/
  • Sep 16

    California Oil and Gas Update: In-depth look at the California BLM's fracking decision

    California Oil and Gas Update: In-depth look at the California BLM's fracking decision
    By Scott Castro California Oil and Gas Update: In-depth look at the California BLM's fracking decisionOil and gas lease sales on public lands set to resume in 2015 based upon independent fracking report On August 28, 2014 the California…
  • Aug 26

    CEQA: Labor unions take on solar power in Adelanto

    CEQA: Labor unions take on solar power in Adelanto
    The unions are taking on solar power once again, with CEQA as their weapon of choice. What their motive is may be a different issue. As we have mentioned before in this space, it is a good idea to keep track of CEQA petitions being filed,…
  • Aug 22

    CEQA: Court of Appeal supports standard of significance for greenhouse gas impact

    CEQA: Court of Appeal supports standard of significance for greenhouse gas impact
    By Robert I. McMurry A new Court of Appeal case, San Francisco Tomorrow v. City and County of San Francisco, 214 Cal App Lexis 735 lends support to A.B. 32 as a standard of significance for GHG impacts and to the use of an air district…
Rank this Week: 3909

The Energy Law Blog

The Energy Law Blog

Covers oil and gas exploration, development, and marketing on the Gulf Coast. By Liskow and Lewis.

http://www.theenergylawblog.com/
  • Sep 16

    Trans Energy Settlement Shows Need for E&P Wetlands Compliance Strategy

    Trans Energy Settlement Shows Need for E&P Wetlands Compliance Strategy
    By Robert E. Holden and Lesley F. Pietras On September 2, 2014, the Department of Justice announced a settlement in United States v. Trans Energy, Inc., No. 14-117 (N.D.W.Va.), requiring the oil and gas company to pay $3 million in civil…
  • Aug 29

    BSEE's Investigations and Review Unit Changes the Playing Field on the OCS

    BSEE's Investigations and Review Unit Changes the Playing Field on the OCS
    By Bob Holden, Dee Taylor, and Jillian Marullo The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE’s) Investigations and Review Unit (IRU) substantially enhances the civil and criminal enforcement of the Outer Continental…
  • Aug 4

    Proposed Railroad Rules May Impact Crude Oil Producers: Proposed DOT/PHMSA Oil Tank Car Rule

    Proposed Railroad Rules May Impact Crude Oil Producers: Proposed DOT/PHMSA Oil Tank Car Rule
    By John S. Gray and Carlos J. Moreno Prompted by concerns heightened by several recent high profile train derailments and accidents, coupled with the boom in the number of oil-carrying trains, the Obama administration, through the Pipeline…
Rank this Week: 4528

Fracking Insider

Fracking Insider

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

http://www.frackinginsider.com
  • Sep 8

    Study Finds Artificial Earthquakes Weaker

    Study Finds Artificial Earthquakes Weaker
    A recently released study has found that artificial earthquakes resulting from the use of disposal wells for produced waters and other oil and gas wastewaters are less intense, and in general about sixteen times weaker, than naturally…
  • Sep 4

    Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 36

    Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 36
    Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 36 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide quick overviews on…
  • Sep 2

    Agreement Leads to Withdraw of Anti-Fracking Measures in Colorado

    Agreement Leads to Withdraw of Anti-Fracking Measures in Colorado
    A group pushing two anti-fracking measures in Colorado has withdrawn the initiatives after reaching a deal with Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who agreed to create a task force to make recommendations on how to minimize land-use conflicts in…
Rank this Week: 4873

Climate Change Attorney Blog

Climate Change Attorney Blog

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

http://www.climatechangeattorney.com/
Rank this Week: 4208

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: 1426

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/
  • Sep 2

    Community Association Managers Should Proceed Cautiously

    Community Association Managers Should Proceed Cautiously
    In reference to some new roles of community association managers authorized by House Bill 7037, which became effective on July 1, 2014, the website, flcamtest.com directs some wise words to Florida community association managers: “As a…
  • Aug 14

    Lee County Road Round-Up – Spotlight: Bonita Beach Road Update

    Lee County Road Round-Up – Spotlight: Bonita Beach Road Update
    Phase III of the Bonita Beach Road widening project may be dead in the water, at least for now. The Bonita Springs City Council has voted to withhold contributing any funds toward the widening of Bonita Beach Road from four lanes to six lanes…
  • Jul 8

    Florida Legislature Expands the Legal Work Permitted by Community Association Manager

    Florida Legislature Expands the Legal Work Permitted by Community Association Manager
    House Bill 7037, recently adopted this past legislative session, expands the permitted practices of community association managers. The bill, effective July 1, 2014, enlarges community association managers’ powers, some of which…
Rank this Week: 2066

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/
  • Sep 1

    Fracking Supporters See Continued Judicial Obstacle

    Fracking Supporters See Continued Judicial Obstacle
    By Teresa Bakner Pro horizontal hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") supporters suffered a setback due to two related decisions recently issued in Albany Supreme Court in July 2014: Wallach v. the New York State Dept. of Environmental…
  • Aug 10

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update June 2014, #18

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update June 2014, #18
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2014 Enforcement News EPA Fines US Department of Energy for Nuke Releases The DOE paid a $155,000 fine for twice allowing radiation to escape into the air during the cleanup of...
  • Jul 13

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update May 2014, Issue #17

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update May 2014, Issue #17
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2014 Enforcement News EPA to Review All Consent Decrees as per 2014 -2018 Strategic Plan As part of EPA's FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, the agency has set the goal of...
Rank this Week: 2990

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/
Rank this Week: 2488

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/
  • Aug 26

    Saint Paul has an Alternative to LEED

    Saint Paul has an Alternative to LEED
    Much has changed, but much has remained the same, in the arena of green building law mandates since March 18,2002, when the city of Normal, Illinois enacted Ordinance 4825, the first ever mandatory green building law, requiring LEED…
  • Aug 13

    Attend Greenbuild: The Best Way To Grow Your Busine

    Attend Greenbuild: The Best Way To Grow Your Busine
    I was delivering a lunchtime speech to a group of real estate professionals yesterday and the first question I received was “how can I expand my green building business?” I retell that because it is a variation of the question I…
  • Aug 10

    Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Being Updated

    Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Being Updated
    In 2015 the use of LEED v4 will become mandatory, a new 2015 International Green Construction Code will be available, an updated ASHRAE 189.1 will be published, the new ICC 700 National Green Building Standard will be approved, and there will…
Rank this Week: 1275

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/
  • Aug 18

    Land Use Law Center addresses cure for “zombie” plague in New York State

    Land Use Law Center addresses cure for “zombie” plague in New York State
    Vacant properties are a persistent land use issue in the most financially distressed regions, as thousands of properties currently sit empty throughout nation. “Zombie” properties result when a bank begins foreclosure proceedings…
  • Jul 28

    Students Help to Advise IUCN for ITLOS Fisheries Case

    Students Help to Advise IUCN for ITLOS Fisheries Case
    Professor Ann Powers: Two Pace students, Ann Bermont (’14) and Anthony Papetti (’14), were among those responding to a request by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for assistance  preparing…
  • Jul 22

    Professor Ann Powers: For those of you…

    Professor Ann Powers: For those of you interested in the UN’s process for establishing Sustainable Development Goals as mandated by Rio+20, the Open Working Group approved its  “Outcome Document” on Saturday after a…
Rank this Week: 2030

MGKF Litigation Blog

MGKF Litigation Blog

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

http://www.mgkflitigationblog.com/
  • Aug 10

    Ninth Circuit Addresses Standards For Approval Of CERCLA Settlement

    Ninth Circuit Addresses Standards For Approval Of CERCLA Settlement
    On August 1, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision in Arizona v. Raytheon Co., No. 12-15691 (9th Cir. Aug. 1, 2014), that may give trial courts some pause before approving future CERCLA settlements.  At issue…
  • Jul 22

    New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts Common Interest Privilege

    New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts Common Interest Privilege
    In general, when a party shares communications or information protected by the attorney-client or work product privilege with a third party, the privilege is waived.  However, in many jurisdictions, if this sharing occurs when there is…
  • Jun 15

    Cert Petition Denied in CAA Preemption Case; Iowa Follows Suit

    Cert Petition Denied in CAA Preemption Case; Iowa Follows Suit
    Last summer we reported on Bell v. Cheswick Generating Station, 903 F. Supp. 2d 314 (3rd Cir. 2013), a Third Circuit decision which held that the Clean Air Act does not preempt state law claims for personal and property damage caused by air…
Rank this Week: 1538

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: 1609

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/
  • Aug 5

    The Blog is Moving!!

    The Blog is Moving!!
    I am now posting to my blog from my website at www.jamespllc.com. More later. As always, feel free to contact me at walter.james@jamespllc.com WDJiii
  • Jun 5

    2013 Enforcement Analysi

    2013 Enforcement Analysi
    I received the Spring 2014 Newsletter from the ABA’s Litigation Section, Environmental Litigation committee this morning. The ABA continues to prove its value to me all the time. Anyway, there is an interesting article on USEPA…
  • May 14

    REMINDER: ALI CLE Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Crimes Conference

    REMINDER: ALI CLE Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Crimes Conference
    On June 5, 2014, my good friend, Jud Starr, will be hosting the ALI CLE Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Crimes Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference has been put on annually for the last eighteen years or so and is...
Rank this Week: 1257