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Greenversations

Greenversations

Official blog of US EPA.

http://blog.epa.gov/blog
  • Mar 4

    Preparing Students for the Future Through Environmental Education

    Preparing Students for the Future Through Environmental Education
    One of the best parts of my job here in the Office of Environmental Education is meeting creative, committed environmental educators- and getting to recognize them for their work. Until March 13, we’re accepting applications for the…
  • Mar 3

    Advancing Sustainable Development in the United State

    Advancing Sustainable Development in the United State
    By Apple Loveless and Leslie Corcelli A United Nations summit to adopt sustainable development goals will take place this September. Among these is a proposed goal to “ ensure availability and sustainable management of water and…
  • Feb 9

    Introducing Our New Compliance Website

    Introducing Our New Compliance Website
    By Marion Herz As chief of staff for EPA’s Office of Compliance, job #1 for me is protecting people’s health and their communities. Our office makes sure everyone plays by the same rules when it comes to the environment. We…
Rank this Week: 27

US Law Watch

US Law Watch

Provides US legal and regulatory information. By BNA International.

http://www.uslawwatch.com
Rank this Week: 28

Legal Planet

Legal Planet

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

http://legalplanet.wordpress.com/
  • Mar 2

    Accounting For Job Lo

    Accounting For Job Lo
    The Republican’s choice for head of the CBO, Keith Hall, spent some time at a libertarian think tank reportedly funded by the Koch brothers, where he wrote about the effect of regulation on employment. Hall argued that regulations…
  • Feb 26

    Referendum Politics: California’s Pioneering Plastic Bag Ban on Hold

    Referendum Politics: California’s Pioneering Plastic Bag Ban on Hold
    California’s recently-legislated ban on disposable plastic bans–the first in the nation–will not take effect on July 1, 2015 as the new law mandates.  That’s because industry opponents of the legislation have…
  • Feb 25

    Let’s Strengthen California’s Climate Goal

    Let’s Strengthen California’s Climate Goal
    A few days ago, I wrote a post taking issue with the idea that AB 32’s emissions limit expires in 2020.  Here’s a follow-up.  Even with AB 32’s influence beyond 2020, California is right to want to do more. …
Rank this Week: 120

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/
  • Feb 27

    PBS Insights Panel Discusses Housing, Agricluture, and Other Land Use Issue

    PBS Insights Panel Discusses Housing, Agricluture, and Other Land Use Issue
    Selected Tweets from last night's live show, PBS Insights.Souki: Ag is not just land; it's also labor and capital. How can we enable more people to farm? #pbsinsights— PBS Hawaii (@pbshawaii) February 27, 2015Atta: The city is trying to…
  • Feb 17

    Hawaii Supreme Court Provides Clearer Guidance on Public Trust Doctrine and Water

    Hawaii Supreme Court Provides Clearer Guidance on Public Trust Doctrine and Water
    Diversion, Wailua River, KauaiThe Kauai Springs case has been working its way through Hawaii's courts.  A summary of the case is described in Intermediate Court of Appeals Creates Public Trust Evaluation Criteria for All Boards and…
  • Feb 12

    Developers Have an Option for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) with Interim Permit

    Developers Have an Option for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) with Interim Permit
    Under Revised Ordinances of Honolulu (ROH) § 21-9.100, “the use of neighborhood TOD plans shall be the preferred way to create TOD development regulations for each TOD zone.”  However, creating neighborhood TOD plans is…
Rank this Week: 213

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 5

    Ringling Brothers will phase out elephant acts by 2018

    Ringling Brothers will phase out elephant acts by 2018
    Feld Entertainment statement (and below) More coverage here Reaction: PETA says Ringling shouldn't wait :: Humane Society :: Friends of Animals :: Buckles Blog (Circus history) Here is the news release from Feld Entertainment: Feld…
  • Mar 5

    Three African antelope species exempt from take prohibitions, judge find

    Three African antelope species exempt from take prohibitions, judge find
    Captive-bred herds of three African antelope species in the U.S. are exempt from "take" prohibitions in the ESA, a federal judge has ruled (Friends of Animals v. Ashe, 14-357 BAH, D.D.C.). Congress specifically directed the Fish and Wildlife…
  • Mar 4

    Legislation introduced — again — to block EPA from retroactively revoking permit

    Legislation introduced — again — to block EPA from retroactively revoking permit
    Three House members have reintroduced a bill to prohibit EPA from retroactively revoking Clean Water Act Section 404 permits, as the agency did with the Spruce Mine in West Virginia. That decision was recently upheld by federal courts in…
Rank this Week: 652

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom:…

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom: Environmental

Covers environmental law news.

http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/environmental/default.aspx
  • Mar 5

    Blog Post: EPA Eliminates Article Exemption for Benzidine-Based Chemical Substances in Significant New Use Rule

    Blog Post: EPA Eliminates Article Exemption for Benzidine-Based Chemical Substances in Significant New Use Rule
    Under section 5(a)(1)(B) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq.), [enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to require any person…
  • Mar 5

    Blog Post: Laws Shielding Anti-Gay Bias Will Cost States, Attys Say

    Blog Post: Laws Shielding Anti-Gay Bias Will Cost States, Attys Say
    A recently enacted Arkansas law stripping cities and counties of the ability to prohibit anti-gay discrimination has features that may insulate it against legal challenges, but lawyers warn that states embracing similar statutes will likely…
  • Mar 5

    Blog Post: Ore. Low Carbon Fuel Standard Heads To Gov.

    Blog Post: Ore. Low Carbon Fuel Standard Heads To Gov.
    The Oregon House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 10 percent over the next 10 years, sending it to Gov. Kate Brown, who has said she is supportive of the measure.
Rank this Week: 502

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: 447

Clean Air Watch

Clean Air Watch

Covers clean air laws and policies.

http://www.cleanairwatch.org/
  • Feb 26

    Quick Thoughts About NAM's Hyperbolic Report on Smog

    Quick Thoughts About NAM's Hyperbolic Report on Smog
    I know few of us are thinking about smog on a day like this. But I see that the good people of NAM are – out with yet another hyperbolic report about the alleged impact of cleaning up the air. http://www.nam.org/ozone/Here are a couple…
  • Jan 28

    Clean Air Watch to EPA on Smog: We Deserve the Right to Know When the Air is Unsafe to Breathe

    Clean Air Watch to EPA on Smog: We Deserve the Right to Know When the Air is Unsafe to Breathe
    Testimony of Frank O’Donnell, President, Clean Air WatchU.S. Environmental Protection Agency hearing on ozone, Arlington, TX January 29, 2015GOOD MORNING. I AM FRANK O’DONNELL, PRESIDENT OF CLEAN AIR WATCH, A NATIONAL NON-PROFIT…
  • Jan 26

    Six Things That Green Companies Do Differently; The Everyday Practices That Set Them Apart

    Six Things That Green Companies Do Differently; The Everyday Practices That Set Them Apart
    Clean Air Watch periodically accepts guest submissions of pieces we think might be of general interest.  Today's article is by Jon Wikstrom Every green company strives to help the environment. They consider it as a sense of…
Rank this Week: 576

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: 657

Renewable + Law

Renewable + Law

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

http://www.lawofrenewableenergy.com/
Rank this Week: 459

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: 608

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: 617

PEN-e: Pace Environmental Notes

PEN-e: Pace Environmental Notes

Pace Environmental Notes - electronic edition highlights new documents and events in the areas of Environmental Law, Energy Law, and Land Use Law.

http://paceeenvironmentalnotes.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 3

    Pace Law Library Announces Environmental Note

    Pace Law Library Announces Environmental Note
    Dear Readers,We are thrilled to introduce Environmental Notes, a new feature on the Pace Law Library Blog, edited by Environmental Law Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law, Taryn L. Rucinski.  PEN-e has provided you with…
  • Aug 19

    PEN-e to Transition to the Pace Law Library Blog

    PEN-e to Transition to the Pace Law Library Blog
    Dear Readers,We are thrilled to announce that this summer the PEN-e Blog will be transitioning to a feature on the Pace Law Library Blog http://library.blogs.law.pace.edu/.  Readers can expect new more substantive content on…
  • Jun 6

    World Bank Report Released: Global Tracking Framework

    World Bank Report Released: Global Tracking Framework
    Recently, the World Bank, a partnership established in 1944, that provides "financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world" released a report titled, Global Tracking Framework v. 3 No. 7789 (2013). According to…
Rank this Week: 784

Switchboard

Switchboard

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

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/
  • Mar 5

    Legislative Success for Clean Energy and Tackling Climate Change in Virginia

    Legislative Success for Clean Energy and Tackling Climate Change in Virginia
    Walton Shepherd, Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C.: Clean energy continued its forward march in Virginia last week, when the Virginia General Assembly wrapped up, having approved several measures that affirm Governor…
  • Mar 5

    Delivering Energy Efficiency for All Pennsylvanian

    Delivering Energy Efficiency for All Pennsylvanian
    Deron Lovaas, State/Federal Policy & Practice Director, Urban Solutions, Washington, D.C.: Newly minted Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his budget proposal for his first year in office. The plan includes several notable…
  • Mar 5

    Let the Spaghetti Fly!

    Let the Spaghetti Fly!
    Luis Martinez, Senior Attorney, Energy and Transportation Program, Asheville, North Carolina: Recently a 'report' from the Civitas Institute, a member of the polluter-funded, Koch-backed State Policy Network, claimed that…
Rank this Week: 4176

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 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…
  • Mar 4

    Talking Big Data and Drones on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick

    Talking Big Data and Drones on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick
    I was recently lucky enough to be interviewed by Gerry Dick for his television show Inside Indiana Business.  I was joined by Beck's Hybrid's Jim Shertzer who leads FARMserver, a web-based farm data storage and analysis tool.  These…
  • Feb 12

    Defining "Big Data" in Agriculture

    Defining "Big Data" in Agriculture
    A recent comment writer on one of my articles addressing big data concerns in farm leases asked me why I used the term "big data" instead of just "data." This got me thinking about the definition of "big data" and what the term really means…
Rank this Week: 2979

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 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…
  • Feb 9

    Legal Effort Launched To Save Rare Evergaldes Bird From Extinction

    Legal Effort Launched To Save Rare Evergaldes Bird From Extinction
    On behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity and renowned biologist Dr. Stuart Pimm, we have put the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Fish and Wildlife Service on formal notice that the Corps’ activities in managing water resources…
  • Feb 5

    Groups Object To Use Of Plutonium At The National Ignition Facility

    Groups Object To Use Of Plutonium At The National Ignition Facility
    On behalf of NRDC and Tri-Valley CAREs, we have objected to plans for using plutonium in experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), a Rose Bowl-sized laser facility at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in Livermore,…
Rank this Week: 4147

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/
Rank this Week: 3751

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 5

    Tamosaitis v. URS, Inc.

    Tamosaitis v. URS, Inc.
    <> Tamosaitis v. URS, Inc. - In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case No. 12-35924. The Panel affirmed the district court's dismissal of the U.S. Department of Energy from the suit,…
  • Mar 4

    Webinar: Great Lakes Phytoplankton: a Harbinger for Change

    Webinar: Great Lakes Phytoplankton: a Harbinger for Change
    <> Webinar: Great Lakes Phytoplankton: a Harbinger for Change - Dr. Euan Reavie, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth, on Mar 5, 2015 10:30 AM…
  • Mar 4

    California Dump Truck Owners Association v. Nichol

    California Dump Truck Owners Association v. Nichol
    <> California Dump Truck Owners Association v. Nichols - 3/3/15. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case No. 13-15175. The panel affirmed the dismissal for lack of subject matter…
Rank this Week: 4209

eNewsUSA

eNewsUSA

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

http://enewsusa.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 5

    Keystone XL Roll Call Vote On Overriding the Veto of S.1

    Keystone XL Roll Call Vote On Overriding the Veto of S.1
    <> Keystone XL Roll Call Vote On Overriding the Veto of S.1 – The Senate vote to override the President's veto of S.1, the Keystone XL Approval bill, failed by a vote of 62-37, with one…
  • Mar 4

    Senate EPW: Oversight Hearing: Examining the President's budget request for U.S. EPA

    Senate EPW: Oversight Hearing: Examining the President's budget request for U.S. EPA
    <> Senate EPW: Oversight Hearing: Examining the President's budget request for U.S. EPA - Testimony and webcast of Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator Complete details about EPA's…
  • Mar 3

    EPA's Commitment to Scientific Integrity

    EPA's Commitment to Scientific Integrity
    <> Our Commitment to Scientific Integrity at EPA - Francesca Grifo, Ph.D., EPA's Scientific Integrity Officer, announced the release of EPA's Fiscal Year 2014 Scientific Integrity Annual Report.…
Rank this Week: 4208

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/
  • Mar 4

    NY Appellate Court Upholds Denial of Variances for Accessory Structure

    NY Appellate Court Upholds Denial of Variances for Accessory Structure
    Following the denial by the zoning board of an application for certain setback and area variances for a second-story addition to an accessory building, and an affirmance by the trial court, petitioner appealed. The appellate court affirmed…
  • Mar 3

    CA Appeals Court Finds Bias on the Part of Councilmember in Effort to Overturn Decision of Planning Commission

    CA Appeals Court Finds Bias on the Part of Councilmember in Effort to Overturn Decision of Planning Commission
    Woody’s Group Inc. owned Woody’s Wharf a long-established restaurant overlooking the harbor in Newport Beach, California.. It has been open late on weekends and has allowed interior dancing since its inception. The neighborhood…
  • Mar 2

    CT Superior Court Dismisses Claim of Zoning Officer Bia

    CT Superior Court Dismisses Claim of Zoning Officer Bia
    The Town of Chaplin enacted a zoning ordinance and implementing regulations in 1980, and the planning and zoning commission amended the regulations numerous times since. This suit arose out of an attempt to amend the regulations once again,…
Rank this Week: 4525

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: 4806

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 4

    ABA Student Writing Competition

    ABA Student Writing Competition
    The ABA Section on Environmental, Energy, and Resources just announced a student writing competition. Here's the blurb, with details about where to submit and what you can win: The Alternative Dispute Committee is pleased to announce the 2015…
  • Feb 24

    Dams, Environmental Trading Systems, and the Future of Hydropower

    Dams, Environmental Trading Systems, and the Future of Hydropower
    Several months ago, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz made waves with a bold prediction: the United States could double its hydropower capacity by 2030. And that doubling, the Department of Energy argues, could be sustainable. If that…
  • Feb 24

    D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenge to FERC Order Approving Cost Pooling Agreement for Trans Alaska Pipeline

    D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenge to FERC Order Approving Cost Pooling Agreement for Trans Alaska Pipeline
    On February 20, the D.C. Circuit (Griffith, Kavanaugh, Wilkins) issued a decision in Tesoro Alaska Co. v. FERC. Tesoro Alaska and Anadarko Petroleum ship oil on the Trans Alaska Pipeline System between points within Alaska. In 2013, FERC…
Rank this Week: 1808

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/
  • Mar 3

    U.S. EPA Encourages Use of Third Party Verification of Compliance with Enforcement Settlement

    U.S. EPA Encourages Use of Third Party Verification of Compliance with Enforcement Settlement
    We know that U.S. EPA budget is tight.  Maybe that is why they are looking for new and innovative ways to reduce their work load.  This is evident in the memorandum released on January 7, 2015 by EPA's Office of Enforcement and…
  • Feb 22

    Ohio High Court Ruling on Local Authority Over Fracking More Limited Than Portrayed

    Ohio High Court Ruling on Local Authority Over Fracking More Limited Than Portrayed
    Municipalities across the country have attempted to place restrictions on the use of fracking associated with oil & gas drilling.   Most cases involve outright bans on fracking or more rigorous permitting requirements.  …
  • Feb 1

    Why Businesses Should Consider an Environmental Audit?

    Why Businesses Should Consider an Environmental Audit?
    An environmental audit is a self-evaluation of current compliance with applicable environmental regulations.  The audit is typically performed by an outside environmental consultant. However, more sophisticated businesses can utilize…
Rank this Week: 1568

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: 3849

Nimonik

Nimonik

Covers Canadian environmental and energy law.

http://www.nimonik.com/blog/
  • Mar 3

    Devolution of powers in the Northwest Territorie

    Devolution of powers in the Northwest Territorie
    Resource development and infrastructure improvements were top of mind when a new Northwest Territories (NWT) government was elected in the fall of 2011.  Since that time, the government has tried to realize these goals by reducing…
  • Feb 12

    Love Audit for Valentine’s Day

    Love Audit for Valentine’s Day
    This Valentine’s Day, our resident poet, Luciano, put together a poem about love, audits and continuous improvement along with a handy free checklist. Happy Valentine’s Day! As the time moves by, day to year, Something becomes…
  • Feb 11

    Incident Management Made Easy with E-Mail

    Incident Management Made Easy with E-Mail
    Nimonik is happy to announce our Beta version of our easy to use Incident Management Tool. After carefully looking at the available options on the market, we determined that the missing element in Incident Management is ease of use. Incident…
Rank this Week: 4469

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 3

    California Governor asked to impose fracking moratorium

    California Governor asked to impose fracking moratorium
    Thus far, California has rebuffed attempts at instituting a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing. In fact, several localities in California have also rejected fracking bans. Nonetheless, on Thursday, several environmental groups petitioned…
  • Mar 2

    Middle District of Pennsylvania finds separate natural gas compressor stations are not a “single source”

    Middle District of Pennsylvania finds separate natural gas compressor stations are not a “single source”
    On February 23, 2015, the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania granted Ultra Resources, Inc.’s motion for summary judgment, holding as a matter of law that eight compressor stations owned and operated by Ultra…
  • Feb 27

    Changes coming to FracFocu

    Changes coming to FracFocu
    FracFocus is widely used by the oil and gas industry for chemical disclosures. Thus far, at least twenty states rely on the website to store its disclosures. In fact, a version of FracFocus is also used in five provinces in Canada. Earlier…
Rank this Week: 3582

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 3

    Self Righteousness Still Does Not Help the Environmentalists’ Cause

    Self Righteousness Still Does Not Help the Environmentalists’ Cause
    Fully five years ago, I noted that the cavalier treatment by government officials of FOIA requests made by opponents of government policy revealed a degree of self-righteousness that was both offensive and self-defeating – because it…
  • Mar 2

    MassDEP — A Voice of Reason in the Stormwater Permitting Debate

    MassDEP — A Voice of Reason in the Stormwater Permitting Debate
    EPA has been working to craft a general permit for small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems for quite some time.  The most recent draft permit, published last September, has received significant comment, most recently from the…
  • Feb 27

    No Competitors In My Backyard?

    No Competitors In My Backyard?
    In Paradise Lost, John Milton wrote that “easy is the descent into Hell, for it is paved with good intentions.”  A modern environmental lawyer might say that the road to waste, inefficiency, and obstruction is paved with good…
Rank this Week: 3640

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 2

    Georgia's Legislation Banning LEED for State Buildings is Much Ado About Nothing

    Georgia's Legislation Banning LEED for State Buildings is Much Ado About Nothing
    Georgia General Assembly House Bill 255 is proof that the “wood wars” surrounding the LEED green building rating system continue to be waged. That said, the specific bill is Much Ado About Nothing. Despite that the previous much…
  • Feb 17

    Largest Owner of Buildings in North America Considering LEED v4

    Largest Owner of Buildings in North America Considering LEED v4
    The General Services Administration is seeking public input on its analysis of LEED v4 and other questions related to the Federal Government's use of LEED v4. Given that the Federal Government is, by far, the largest owner of buildings in…
  • Feb 8

    Climate Change Scientist Andrew Weaver Wins Libel Case Against Canadian National Post

    Climate Change Scientist Andrew Weaver Wins Libel Case Against Canadian National Post
    Canadian climate change scientist Andrew Weaver won a widely watched defamation lawsuit against the National Post last week. The Supreme Court of British Columbia found that “the defendants have been careless or indifferent to the…
Rank this Week: 1227

Eminent Domain Blog

Eminent Domain Blog

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

http://eminentdomain.foxrothschild.com/
  • 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…
  • Feb 28

    Idaho Sen. Seeks To Restrict Eminent Domain Power

    Idaho Sen. Seeks To Restrict Eminent Domain Power
    The Idaho Senate recently passed a bill which would prevent the use of the power of eminent domain to create hiking trails, bike paths or greenways. The bill, SB 1044, passed the Senate 20-13. It bans the use of condemnation “for…
Rank this Week: 1604

Delaware Environmental Law Blog

Delaware Environmental Law Blog

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

http://www.delawareenvironmentallawblog.com/
  • 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…
  • Feb 26

    Curse Those Seals, and Keeping an Eye on the Clock

    Curse Those Seals, and Keeping an Eye on the Clock
    A recent Delaware Court of Chancery case reminds us of the persistence of the mortgage seal problem in Delaware. Wells Fargo Bank, NA v. Strong, 2014 Del. Ch. LEXIS 230 (Nov. 19, 2014) is a foreclosure case that was pending for nearly ten…
  • Feb 26

    Contracts: Don't Say It If You Don't Bother to Do It

    Contracts: Don't Say It If You Don't Bother to Do It
    I have long held the opinion that many contract drafters make a big mistake by including too much language, when they would be better off leaving certain things unsaid. A recent example of this is the Delaware Chancery Court ruling in…
Rank this Week: 1868

California Litigation Attorney…

California Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers legal news. By Reid & Hellyer.

http://www.rhlaw.com/blog/
  • 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…
  • Feb 11

    When is a Lis Pendens effective? When it’s indexed!

    When is a Lis Pendens effective? When it’s indexed!
    Some seem to think that merely depositing a Notice of Pending Action [fn] is sufficient to give constructive notice of the contents of the law suit to which it refers.   Not so, as the court in Dyer v. Martinez (2007) 147 Cal. App. 4th…
Rank this Week: 4673

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: 1623

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/
  • 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…
  • Jan 29

    Lee County Impact Fee Vote Looming

    Lee County Impact Fee Vote Looming
    The Lee County Board of County Commissioners (“BOCC”) is kicking off 2015 with substantial consideration of impact fees, with viewpoints expressed by stakeholders on both sides of the issue. At its January 6th meeting, the first…
Rank this Week: 2847

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: 1791

Real Property & Environmental Law…

Real Property & Environmental Law Alert

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

http://www.rpelawalert.com/
  • 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
  • Jan 26

    5th Circuit Rules that Sale of Chemical is Not Disposal

    5th Circuit Rules that Sale of Chemical is Not Disposal
    On January 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that the sale of a useful chemical did not make the seller an "arranger for disposal" under Superfund, even where seller knew that some of that chemical would be spilled…
Rank this Week: 3293

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…
Rank this Week: 1585

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…
Rank this Week: 1879

Fracking Insider

Fracking Insider

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

http://www.frackinginsider.com
  • 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…
  • Feb 9

    Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 39

    Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 39
    Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 39 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in Maryland, Oregon, and Virginia. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide quick overviews on…
  • Feb 2

    Enviros Sue to Subject E&P Industry to Chemical Release Reporting Regime

    Enviros Sue to Subject E&amp;P Industry to Chemical Release Reporting Regime
    Several environmental groups have sued EPA, seeking a decision on a 2012 petition (“2012 Petition”) they filed with the agency, which requests that EPA add oil and gas exploration wells to the list of facilities required to report…
Rank this Week: 3832

Saxe Envirolaw News

Saxe Envirolaw News

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

http://envirolaw.com
  • Feb 6

    One step closer to climate warning labels on gasoline

    One step closer to climate warning labels on gasoline
    The West Vancouver Council recently voted unanimously to support warnings on gas pumps to warn motorists about the impact driving has on the environment. This is a first in Canada, and follows the example of several cities in California. Our…
  • Feb 5

    Financial Assurance for contaminated site

    Financial Assurance for contaminated site
    It should no longer be a surprise for a CPU, based on active risk management measures, to include at least a modest amount of financial assurance. Read Financial Assurance for contaminated sites on Environmental Law and Litigation!
  • Feb 4

    Environmental torts since Smith v Inco

    Environmental torts since Smith v Inco
    Environmental claims based on historic contamination, whether class actions or single lawsuits, have become much more difficult for plaintiffs in the last few years. Read Environmental torts since Smith v Inco on Environmental Law and…
Rank this Week: 1492

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/
Rank this Week: 3008

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: 4252

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: 1241

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/
  • Jan 30

    New Executive Order Amends Floodplain Management

    New Executive Order Amends Floodplain Management
    President Obama issued an Executive Order today establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. This Order amends Executive Order 11988 Floodplain Management and solicits comment to new standards. Of the greatest significance is the…
  • Jan 11

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update November 2014, # 23

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update November 2014, # 23
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2014 Enforcement News Two Car Companies Pay Highest CAA Civil Penalties Ever Car manufacturers Hyundai and Kia (the "Companies") used inaccurate data to falsely demonstrate…
  • Dec 6

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update October 2014, Vol. 1, Issue #22

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update October 2014, Vol. 1, Issue #22
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2014 Enforcement News Drums Along the Mohawk - Riverkeeper to Patrol the Mohawk River The public interest group, Riverkeeper has vowed to start patrols to search for water pollution on…
Rank this Week: 1692

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/
  • 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:…
  • Jan 28

    When it Comes to FOIA, Think Outside The Box

    When it Comes to FOIA, Think Outside The Box
    Here is a case worth reading: Competitive Enterprise Institute, et al. v. National Security Agency, Civil Action No. 14-975, In the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The Competitive Enterprise Institute and two other…
  • Dec 19

    USEPA Announces 2014 Annual Environmental Enforcement Result

    USEPA Announces 2014 Annual Environmental Enforcement Result
    On December 18, 2014, the USEPA released its annual enforcement and compliance report. According to the report, in fiscal year 2014, the USEPA criminal program generated $63,000.000.00 in fines and restitution, secured $16,000,000.00 in…
Rank this Week: 2537

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: 3730