California’s unique geography and climate have allowed the State to become one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world.
Most employers in the construction industry already know that OSHA issued a new confined space standard for construction that became effective on August 3, 2015.
Thirty States and Numerous Other Interested Parties Seek an Immediate Supreme Court Stay of the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”
On January 26, 2016, 29 states and state agencies, including Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, and Mississippi (the “29 States”), submitted an application (the “29 States Application”) to the United States Supreme Court seeking an immediate stay of the October 23, 2015, final rule of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) titled “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” (the “Final Rule”).
This week we turn from federal law to the patchwork of state laws that cropped up due to TSCA’s failures. First up is Washington’s green chemistry law: the Children’s Safe Products Act.
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R) recently introduced a bill (pdf) that would remove several western states from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and move them to a proposed, to-be-created Twelfth Circuit.
On January 29, 2016, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (“BSEE”), agencies within the federal Department of the Interior (“DOI”), agreed to put a temporary moratorium on issuance of fracking permits in the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf until environmental review is conducted. The temporary moratorium is the result of a settlement agreement between the DOI and the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”).
On January 25, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association et al (EPSA), restoring Order 745 after the DC Circuit vacated the Order on May 23, 2015.
As part of the Corps SMART Planning Process, all feasibility studies must complete a formal presentation process called a Civil Works Review Board.
Following through on its April 2015 “clarification” of the investigative standard in whistleblower matters, OSHA issued a new whistleblower investigations manual overnight restating the mission of its investigators.