Environmental Trends Contributors

14 February 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include:

  • Federal judicial interpretation of the Clean Water Act remains split
  • Federal court holds states violated Clean Water Act for dam decommissioning
  • Suit challenging President Trump’s 2-for-1 executive order survives motion to dismiss
  • Fiat Chrysler enters Clean Air Act consent decree
  • Audi engineers face mobile source “defeat device” criminal indictment
  • Federal court vacates New York regulator’s denial of water quality certificate for natural gas pipeline
  • Green New Deal nonbinding resolution proposed in Congress


05 February 2019

Save the Date: 2019 Spring Energy & Commodities Conference

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Sidley Austin | 1501 K Street N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20005
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration
12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Lunch, Program and Networking Reception

Government shut-down, climate change, inverse condemnation, energy & commodity regulation and enforcement – 2019 looks to be a pretty tumultuous year with lots of change.

We will host an in-depth discussion on evolving regulatory, transactional and business issues facing U.S. and international energy and commodities market participants.

As our industry continues adapting to regulatory, credit, and market challenges, we will host notable industry leaders, distinguished government officials, and Sidley attorneys offering timely insights on pressing issues and trends.

This complimentary half-day program in Sidley’s Washington, D.C. office, will feature informative presentations and panel discussions followed by a networking reception.

For more information or questions, please contact

07 January 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include:

  • EPA and Corps propose new definition of Waters of the United States.
  • EPA proposes to eliminate carbon capture requirements for coal plants.
  • EPA releases draft rule rescinding power plant mercury rule.
  • EPA issues final pharmaceutical waste rule.
  • Senate confirms key environmental posts.
  • Shutdown slows EPA and Justice Department.
  • Northeastern states unveil “cap and invest” greenhouse gas program.
  • New York proposes fluorinated chemical drinking water standards.
  • California splits with Interior over Migratory Bird Treaty Act.


27 November 2018

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include:

  • Fishermen’s trade association sues energy companies for alleged climate-change-related harms
  • EPA releases draft toxicology assessments for two PFAS compounds
  • EPA announces Cleaner Trucks Initiative
  • EPA finalizes amendments to the petroleum refinery sector MACT 1, MACT 2 and NSPS regulations
  • EPA proposes rule intended to clarify reporting requirements under CERCLA and EPCRA associated with air emissions from animal waste at farms


15 November 2018

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include:

  • Environmental Protection Agency set to reinstitute 2009 definition of “project aggregation” for New Source Review permitting program
  • Federal appeals court stays climate change litigation trial
  • Environmental Protection Agency renews dicamba registration for two years
  • Environmental Protection Agency issues new guidance outlining deference to states and tribes
  • Mott’s sued over trace amounts of synthetic pesticide found in “natural” applesauce


01 November 2018

The Environmental Agenda: A Post-Election Review

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

With the midterm elections behind us, our panelists will reflect on the Administration’s deregulatory agenda to date and offer their outlook for the next two years of the Trump Administration on environmental legislation, regulation and enforcement, including:

  • The changes in the Congress and how those may impact key committees, increase oversight of EPA and other agencies, and result in renewed focus on climate change.
  • The repeal and modification of signature Obama regulations, such as the Clean Power Plan, New Source Performance Standards regulating emissions from oil and gas sources, and WOTUS.
  • The Administration’s policy agenda, including NSR reform, changes to rules governing NEPA and the ESA, and approach to enforcement.


  • Sam Boxerman, Partner, Sidley Austin (Moderator)
  • Rick Boucher, Partner, Sidley Austin and former U.S. Congressman
  • Dan Byers, Vice President, Policy, Global Energy Institute
  • Rachel Jones, Senior Director of Policy, Energy and Resources, National Association of Manufacturers


For questions or additional information regarding this event, please contact