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Fracking rule by year’s end
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change, said June 25 that the administration is committed to issuing an Interior Department rule to regulate fracking on federal lands by the end of the year


Jaczko investigation completed
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

Responding to an August 2011 investigation request from Senators James Inhofe (R-OK), John Barrasso (R-WY), David Vitter (R-LA), and Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspector general’s office completed June 26 its investigation into Chairman Gregory Jaczko’s management style and has written a report that leaves both Chairman Jaczko and his critics claiming victory


Abound Solar to file for bankruptcy
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The Department of Energy announced June 28 that Abound Solar Manufacturing LLC, a Colorado-based manufacturer of thin film solar panels and recipient of a $400 million loan guarantee, plans to stop operations this week, making it the fourth company backed by the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program to file for bankruptcy


Offshore leasing plan unveiled
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The Department of Interior released June 28 its proposed final five-year oil and gas offshore leasing plan


U.S. may not meet RFS requirements
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook 2012 June 25, concluding that the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007’s requirement that mandates 36 billion gallons of biofuels in the nation’s fuel supply by 2022 is unlikely to be met


Biofuels Phase 1 FOA
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

On April 27, the Department of Defense released a $30 million Funding Opportunity Announcement for Phase 1 of a $210 million effort to establish the commercial-scale manufacture of drop-in replacement transportation biofuels for aviation and marine diesel use


New Jersey anti-fracking by-products law to Christie
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

On June 25, New Jersey Senate approved (on a 30-5 vote) a measure (already approved in the Assembly on a 56-19 vote) prohibiting the treatment, discharge, disposal, or storage of wastewater, wastewater solids, sludge, drill cuttings, or other by-products of hydraulic fracturing anywhere in the state


Energy extenders markup
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The Senate Finance Committee will mark up an energy extenders package in July or September


Personnel
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The Senate unanimously confirmed June 29 Allison Macfarlane and Kristine Svinicki as commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission


VT nuke block attempt didn’t exhaust admin remedies
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2012

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled June 26 that Vermont cannot block a 20-year license renewal for the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station on the basis of a Clean Water Act procedural requirement after the state failed to exhaust its administrative remedies at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission