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BLM faulted for poor management of renewables

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • June 17 2012

The Interior Department inspector general issued a report June 12 arguing that the Bureau of Land Management could improve its renewable energy program by more efficiently collecting rental fees on land it manages, clarifying bond guidance, and implementing a competitive bidding process on projects

House Judiciary approves bill on environmental review process

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • June 10 2012

Defeating all Democratic amendments, the House Judiciary Committee approved, 14-8, the Responsibly and Professional Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act (H.R. 4377) on June 6

RAPID Act mark-up

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 6 2012

On May 8, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up Rep. Dennis Rossʼ Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development Act, which would set a 54-month deadline for state and federal reviews of infrastructure projects, an 18-month deadline for environmental assessments, a three-year deadline for the more lengthy environmental impact assessments, as well as a provision restricting environmental groups from filing last-minute legal challenges

EV standards and regs needed

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 29 2012

American National Standards Institute’s Electric Vehicles Standards Panel released a report April 23 finding that at least 36 standards, regulations, codes, and other measures are needed to facilitate the safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure

Sacramento area infrastructure package

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • April 22 2012

On April 19, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments adopted the $35.2 billion Metropolitan Transportation PlanSustainable Communities Strategy (MTPSCS), containing provisions promoting urban redevelopment plans, the construction of more efficient transit options and bike pathways

Biobased product reporting

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 22 2012

The Obama administration issued a final rule April 18 that requires government contractors to report to the White House Office of Management and Budget on their purchases of biobased products under service and construction contracts

Civil infrastructure sustainability

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • April 8 2012

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and Harvard University Graduate School of Design launched the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System April 3 to evaluate the sustainability of civil infrastructure projects

Military energy efficiency

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • April 1 2012

Testifying before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness March 29, Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and the environment, said that the Defense Department is pursuing energy efficiency and other measures to reduce its energy bill and increase its energy security

Military energy hearing

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 1 2012

Appearing before a joint hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy and Subcommittee on Oversight March 27, Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability at the U.S. Army, testified that the U.S. military is pursuing energy efficiency initiatives to protect troops and increase its energy security

Contractor e-waste regulations forthcoming

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • April 1 2012

The General Services Administration will release within 90 days a draft version of changes to the Federal Management Regulation that prohibit federal contractors using federal funds to purchase electronic equipment from disposing of used e-devices in landfills