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EPA Conducts Flyovers in New Mexico and Texas

USA - August 9 2022 On August 1, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is conducting helicopter flyovers of the Permian Basin region in…

New York State Launches First-of-its-Kind Statewide Mobile Air Monitoring Program

USA - August 4 2022 As previously reported, the second quarter of 2022 ushered in a bevy of federal action by the White House, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S…

EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive — What Do UK- and U.S.- Headquartered Companies Need to Know?

European Union, USA - August 2 2022 Non-EU companies with a significant presence in the EU or with securities listed on a EU-regulated market will become subject to new EU rules on…

Fifth Circuit Says FERC Can’t Stop Rejection of Filed-Rate Contracts in Bankruptcy

USA - July 27 2022 On July 19, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that debtors in bankruptcy may reject regulated energy contracts, vacating two…

U.S. EPA Identifies Five PFAS Added to Toxic Release Inventory List, Four of Them Newly Required for Reporting by July 1, 2023

USA - July 26 2022 On July 18, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule updating the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) to identify five…

D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenge to CERCLA Site Listing

USA - July 19 2022 On July 8, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) rejected a challenge to the listing of a groundwater…

Quarterly Review: Biden Administration’s Advancement of Environmental Justice

USA - July 12 2022 In the second quarter of 2022, the Biden administration took steps to implement the President’s whole-of-government environmental justice (EJ)…

Agencies Rescind Trump-Era Definition of “Habitat” Under Endangered Species Act

USA - June 30 2022 On Friday, June 24, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service issued a final rule rescinding the agencies’ regulatory…

Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ Independent Market Monitor: Conservative Operating Posture Could Cost Consumers $1.5B

USA - June 29 2022 On June 22, 2022, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Independent Market Monitor director, Carrie Bivens, testified before the Texas…

D.C. Circuit Finds That California Agency Did Not Waive Clean Water Act Authority for Hydroelectric Power Plan Permitting

USA - June 28 2022 On Friday, June 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) upheld a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory…