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Eleventh Circuit rejects NEPA challenge to Florida bridge project

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 24 2012

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court decision rejecting a challenge under the National Environmental Policy Act to the construction of a highway bridge in Martin County, Florida

IG report critical of EPA over contract costs

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 23 2012

The Office of Inspector General (IG) has issued a report criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to comply with provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) concerning fixed-price contracts

Federal court allows Minneapolis-St. Paul light-rail project but orders detailed EIS

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 3 2012

A federal court in Minnesota has ruled that a $957-million light-rail project linking downtown areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul may proceed but also ordered governmental agencies to conduct a more detailed environmental impact statement (EIS

San Francisco sues DOT over natural gas pipeline explosion

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 24 2012

The City of San Francisco has sued the U.S. Department of Transportation alleging that the agency’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration was negligent in supervising state regulatory agencies and public utilities, which left gas pipeline operators in California unregulated, and purportedly contributed to a natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion

Interim rule requires federal contractors to support EMS goals

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 17 2011

An interim rule published by the U.S. Department of Defense, General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration requires federal contractors to “support the goals of an agency’s environmental management system (EMS).” 76 Fed. Reg. 31,395 (53111

Federal court rejects challenge to EIS on major bridge project

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 17 2012

A federal court in Washington state has dismissed a challenge to the environmental impact statement (EIS) prepared by the state department of transportation and the Federal Highway Administration for a $586.5-million project that would replace a floating bridge connecting Seattle to its eastern suburbs

Former waste company executive sentenced to 50 months in prison for fraud

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 23 2011

A former waste-company executive was reportedly sentenced to serve 50 months in prison for fraud arising from his participation in a multimilliondollar kickback scheme involving contracts for a New Jersey CERCLA site and for impeding a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC ) investigation

Federal court dismisses challenge to Oregon water pipeline

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 2 2012

A federal court in Oregon has dismissed for lack of standing a challenge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval of a federal loan for a water pipeline

USDA designates additional biobased product categories for preferred procurement

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 20 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a final rule designating 13 new biobased product categories that are eligible for preferred federal procurement

D.C. Circuit upholds FERC decision not to place restrictions on hydroelectric project

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 14 2011

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s challenge to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decision not to place restrictions on a hydroelectric dam located on the Klamath River in Oregon and California; the tribe holds fishing rights in the river