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18 June 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include

  • Trump executive order directs agencies to reduce federal advisory committees
  • D.C. Circuit dismisses Clean Air Act Title V challenge
  • Michigan AG office drops pending Flint water crisis criminal charges
  • EPA updates FY2020-23 National Compliance Initiatives
  • Department of the Interior restores federal mineral lease fees to Obama-era levels
  • TVA agrees to close coal ash pit at Gallatin Fossil Plant

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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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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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01 November 2018

The Environmental Agenda: A Post-Election Review

WEBINAR
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.

SPEAKERS

  • 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

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For questions or additional information regarding this event, please contact dcevents@sidley.com.

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27 August 2018

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include:

  • EPA proposes Clean Power Plan replacement rule
  • Court issues nationwide injunction enjoining EPA delay of effective date of Obama administration’s “Waters of the United States” Rule effectively reinstating the Rule in 26 states
  • D.C. Circuit invalidates EPA’s delay of Obama administration Risk Management Plan Rule
  • Montana judge orders State Department to supplement environmental analysis for Keystone XL Pipeline

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