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FERC Directs NERC to Expand Protections to Internal Networks

USA - January 26 2022 On January 20, 2022, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR)1 directing the North American…

Oregon's Water Future: The Hot Topics for 2022

USA - January 12 2022 As drought conditions intensify throughout the western United States, water allocation and procurement continue to be contentious issues. While the…

Legislature v. Inslee… Again: New Washington Climate Laws Unsettled by Separation of Powers Disputes

USA - December 22 2021 On Monday, December 20, 2021, for the second time in three years, the Washington State Legislature sued Governor Inslee over his line-item vetoes…

Time to Get the Lead Out: Implementation of the Lead Pipe Removal Program

USA - December 20 2021 Although the toxicity of lead has been known for a century, the United States still lags in controlling lead in drinking water. Lead exposure has…

Aggressive Environmental Enforcement—The New Reality?

USA - December 17 2021 On November 29, 2021, we posted that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had recently reinstated the Yates memo, a 2015 Enforcement Policy…

California Ban of PFAS-Containing Firefighting Foam Begins January 1, 2022

USA - December 16 2021 In recent years, "forever chemicals," otherwise known as PFAS, have been extensively discussed in the scientific community and reported on by the…

Addition of Commissioner Willie Phillips Electrifies FERC

USA - December 3 2021 On November 16, 2021, the Senate confirmed D.C. Public Service Commission (DCPSC) Chairman Willie Phillips to fill the Federal Energy Regulatory…

Reinstatement of DOJ Yates Memo—A Shift to More Aggressive Enforcement?

USA - November 29 2021 Criminal enforcement of environmental laws is a rarity, despite relatively light evidentiary intent standards. Blatant and unquestionably deliberate…

OHA Announces New Rules for Limiting Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products

USA - November 22 2021 The TFKA was passed in 2015 and requires manufacturers of children's products to identify and report Products Containing high priority chemicals of…

Oregon PUC Outlines Game Plans for Implementing New Energy and Climate Legislation

USA - November 9 2021 The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC)—like other agencies tasked with addressing energy and climate policies in the state—was busy before the…