FITWEL May Be the Future of Building Sustainability

FITWEL, a cost effective, high impact, health promoting building certification, may be the best thing since sliced bread. The well being of building occupants is increasingly being described as the number one driver of sustainability. In the in the U.S. alone there are more than 120 million employees who spend an average of 8.1 hours at work within a building each day. View Full Post
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Ohio EPA Limits Use of Expedited Wetland/Stream Permitting to Certain Areas of the State

Developments that have small impacts to wetlands (typically around 1/2 acre or less) or streams (typically around 300 feet or less) have been able to qualify for expedited permitting known as Nationwide Permits (NWP).  Projects with greater impacts must obtain individual wetland or stream permits known as a 404 Army Corps Permit and 401 Ohio EPA Water Quality Certification (click here for Basics of Wetland Permitting). View Full Post
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White House Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

The White House issued a permit today approving Keystone XL, “bringing the mammoth oil pipeline a step closer to fruition more than a year after former President Barack Obama blocked its construction,” writes The Wall Street Journal. The paper notes that the pipeline, which will carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil a day once completed, “still faces state-level legal challenges in Nebraska and South Dakota that could cause further delays.” Click here to read the full story (subscription required). View Full Post
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The 5th Circuit Issues Order Leaving Intact Its Judicial Stay On the EPA Regional Haze Rule

By | E2 Law Blog | March 24, 2017
On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit continued its stay of EPA’s Regional Haze Rule. Texas et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 16-60118 (Mar. 22, 2017). The EPA rule would have required power plants in Texas and Oklahoma to install costly and potentially unnecessary upgrades to their generators.  View Full Post
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Fourth Appellate District Upholds EIR for 200-Acre Specific Plan Development in Riverside County

French Valley in Riverside CountyIn its February 14 decision (certified for publication on March 15) in Residents Against Specific Plan 380 v. County of Riverside, the Fourth Appellate District upheld the County of Riverside’s (“County’s”) approval of a master-planned community.  The opinion provides helpful guidance for lead agencies and applicants in understanding when changes made to a project in direct response to public comments after publication of a Final EIR do not necessitate recirculation.  View Full Post
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Dissecting DOE’s Recent Quadrennial Energy Review

By | Emerging Energy Insights | March 24, 2017
In a four-part series recently published in Law360, Husch Blackwell’s energy regulatory group analyzed the significant aspects of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) most recent installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). The first article focused on the QER’s discussion of the critical role that the nation’s electricity industry plays in supporting the country’s economy and national security.   View Full Post
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Introducing a New Risk for Louisiana Loans Supported by Upstream and Cross-Stream Security: the Ten-Year Revocatory Action

By | Louisiana Law Blog | March 23, 2017
By Wade Iverstine and Eric Lockridge A 2013 change to Louisiana’s revocatory action now exposes a secured lender’s collateral and guarantees to the risk of avoidance litigation for ten years, up from three years, after the closing date. Start here if you just asked, “What is a revocatory action?” This post explains how the revocatory action effects multi-party secured loans, and how the 2013 legislative change has only become relevant since August 2016. View Full Post
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