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08 May 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include:

  • Clean Water Act groundwater case settlement proposed, potentially ending Supreme Court review
  • EPA issues draft interim cleanup guidelines for PFAS in groundwater
  • EPA reaffirms its stance that glyphosate does not pose risk to human health and is not carcinogenic
  • Virginia will not join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues certificate for natural gas pipeline expansion in Northeast

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09 April 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include:

  • Courts dismiss challenges to advisory panel membership policy.
  • Groups sue EPA for overdue spill regulations.
  • Environmental groups threaten suit over oil dispersant guidelines.
  • Court: Clean Air Act does not preempt odor nuisance claims.
  • Court holds that long-defunct companies may still face CERCLA liability.
  • New York close to banning plastic bags.
  • Environmental groups sue Iowa, asserting constitutional right to clean water.
  • Court strikes down Arctic drilling executive order.
  • Court rejects foreign policy objection to denial of Clean Water Act certificate.

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27 February 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include:

  • EPA issues PFAS action plan.
  • Supreme Court to hear CWA case on discharges through groundwater to waters of the United States.
  • District court dismisses lawsuit by environmental group and youth alleging that federal government violated their constitutional rights and public trust doctrine through Trump-era climate change policies.

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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

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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 dcevents@sidley.com.

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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.

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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

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