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The Nickel Report Blog

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Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Continues

USA - September 12 2018 Each year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center puts out a forecast for the upcoming hurricane…

NSR Reform — EPA’s ACE Proposal

USA - September 6 2018 Our regulatory state is founded on the principle that regulated parties must have notice of their compliance obligations. Laws or regulations that…

No, EPA Isn’t Putting Asbestos Back Into Buildings

USA - August 29 2018 This summer, EPA sparked public outrage with its proposed “significant new use” rule, or SNUR, addressing certain commercial uses of asbestos…

EPA’s Effluent Guidelines Program Plan: Roadmap to Technology-Based Water Regulation

USA - August 9 2018 In May, EPA issued its 2016 Final Effluent Guidelines (ELG) Program Plan, which is EPA’s first screening step to selection of industries for possible…

FERC July 2018 Open Meeting Highlights

USA - August 7 2018 On July 19, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) held its July 2018 open meeting. This meeting was Commissioner…

PHMSA and FERC Commit to Permitting Process MOU

USA - July 30 2018 The successful completion of major infrastructure construction projects often depends on the amount of time required for federal agencies to process…

Supreme Court to Evaluate Critical Habitat Limits as Services Ramp up ESA Reform Efforts

USA - July 11 2018 As the Trump administration is pushing forward on its deregulatory agenda and, in particular, its efforts to improve the Endangered Species Act (ESA)…

Title V Challenges Seek to Undermine Longstanding Policies of Permit Reliance and Regulatory Certainty

USA - June 22 2018 New lawsuits filed in the US Courts of Appeal are seeking to upend a fundamental tenet of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) Title V operating permit…

2015 “Waters of the US” Rule Enjoined in an Additional 11 States

USA - June 14 2018 A second district court has agreed that challenges to the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule are likely to succeed on the merits. The US…

Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

USA - June 13 2018 Federal agencies must often balance competing policy concerns and legal requirements. This process may be difficult and fraught with intense public…