Water Use in British Columbia: Water Pricing Debate Generates Widely Differing Views

By | Project Law Blog | April 22, 2014
Water Use in British Columbia:  Water Pricing Debate Generates Widely Differing Views

The Province’s discussion paper Pricing B.C.’s Water has garnered a wide range of opinions since being released in March.  As part of the public consultation effort regarding the new Water Sustainability Act (now at 2nd reading in the legislature), the public was given until April 8 to provide its views on water pricing and the Province’s water pricing principles.

D.C. Circuit Vacates EPA Affirmative Defense Regulation – Some Limits On Regulatory Authority

D.C. Circuit Vacates EPA Affirmative Defense Regulation – Some Limits On Regulatory Authority

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decided last Friday in Natural Resources Defense Council v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that (1) the emissions-related provisions of the 2013 Portland Cement Rule were permissible but that (2) EPA exceeded its statutory authority in a 2010 version by promulgating an affirmative defense in private civil suits when control equipment unavoidably malfunctions.

Decision in Pirker Case Invokes Specter of Local Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Decision in Pirker Case Invokes Specter of Local Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

While many members of the growing community of developers, manufacturers and operators of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) have expressed enthusiasm at the National Transportation Safety Board Administrative Decision in the Pirker case, Administrator v. Pirker, NTSB Docket CP-217, July 18, 2013, their reaction should be tempered by the law of unintended consequences.