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Clean Air Act: Supreme Court Defers To EPA on Cross-State Air Pollution, Putting More Pressure on Aging Coal-Fired Power Plants

May 15, 2014

Upholding EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (commonly called the Transport Rule), the Supreme Court has handed a defeat to owners of power plants in 28 Eastern, Southern and Midwestern States.[1] The rule requires reductions in emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide from power plants in those States to improve air quality in downwind States. More

BLM Approves Utah Recreational Land Exchange

April 25, 2014

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) executed its Decision Record on February 7, 2014 authorizing the agency to complete what is commonly referred to as the “Utah Recreational Land Exchange.” This exchange proposal between the BLM and the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (“SITLA” or “State”) has been in the making since 2005 and authorizes the conveyance of 33,608 acres of federal land to the State in exchange for 25,034 acres of State owned school trust land. 

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New Developments Integrating Wind and Solar Power into the Power Grid

April 14, 2014

Wind producers’ (and solar) generation projects are increasing the level of services and transmission that Regional Transmission Organizations and Balancing Authorities are required to provide to integrate them into their systems. Those systems were originally designed primarily for thermal generation whose output is more subject to control to follow utility load patterns. More

Supreme Court to Decide Whether CERCLA Statute Can Revive Otherwise Time-Barred Toxic Tort Suit

April 1, 2014

A corner of Superfund rarely explored by most CERCLA lawyers is the subject of a U.S Supreme Court case that will be heard this term. The case is not about cleanup, but about whether CERCLA can be used to revive otherwise time-barred toxic tort claims brought under a state statute. More

Landmark Agreement Near in Upper Klamath Basin: Implementation Uncertain

April 1, 2014

The Upper Klamath Basin water users, the Klamath Tribes, the United States, and the State of Oregon tentatively reached an agreement on March 4, 2014 which may resolve years of litigation over water rights in the Klamath basin. More

California Utilities Struggle to Comply With State Energy Storage Requirements

March 19, 2014

California’s three major investor-owned electric utilities took the first steps last month to comply with stringent new energy storage requirements established under a 2010 state law known as Assembly Bill (AB) 2514. More

EPA Revises CWA Construction Stormwater Rule; Removes Controversial Numeric Turbidity Limits

March 19, 2014

More than four years after finalizing its Clean Water Act (“CWA”) construction stormwater rule, EPA has issued a revised rule eliminating controversial numeric limits for turbidity. More

Climate Change and Agriculture in the Northwest: Challenges and Opportunities

March 3, 2014

Climate change impacts to agriculture in the Pacific Northwest are detailed in the recent report, Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities. More