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Air: EPA issues amendments to transportation conformity rule

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 2 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule amending its transportation conformity rule that sets out detailed procedures for states and local governments to ensure that transportation projects do not contribute to violations of revised air quality standards for particulate matter

Air: EPA seeks comment on draft transportation conformity guidance

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 11 2010

EPA has released draft guidance on how to use the agency's model for analyzing particulate matter "hot spots" to determine whether proposed transportation projects would conform with the Clean Air Act (CAA

Tort: corp’s contractor not eligible for government-contractor immunity in Katrina lawsuit

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 24 2010

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a contractor retained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is not immune from liability in a lawsuit seeking damages for work it performed around a floodwall that failed during Hurricane Katrina

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

USDA final rule amends “BioPreferred” list

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 29 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a final rule that adds eight categories of bio-based products to its “BioPreferred” list, which allows federal agencies to give preferential treatment to those products when making procurement decisions

Environmental groups sue EPA over alleged inaction on PM 2.5

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 21 2011

Wild Earth Guardians and the Sierra Club have sued EPA in a federal court in California alleging that the agency has failed to take final action in a timely manner on at least six states' revised infrastructure state implementation plans (SIPs) and failed to submit a sufficient plan for 32 states for controlling fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) under the Clean Air Act (CAA

DOE report critical of Hanford sludge removal project

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 4 2011

A recent Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Inspector General (IG) report has criticized the agency's management of a project plan to treat radioactive sludge at the Hanford, Washington, site near Richland

Federal agencies publish proposed rule on use of biobased products

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 22 2011

The U.S. Department of Defense, General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration have jointly published a proposed rule that would require contractors to report their use of biobased products composed of renewable plant, animal, marine, or forestry materialsin service and construction projects

Challenge to DOD procurement of fuel from Canadian oil sands rejected for lack of standing

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 12 2011

A federal court in Virginia has ruled that an environmental group lacks standing to challenge the Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) procurement of fuel from Canadian oil sands

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