Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2014 1st Quarter CEQA update. It has been a quiet first quarter. One decision, Lotus v. Department of Transportation includes an interesting analysis on the use of construction commitments as part of the project description or as mitigation measures.
On April 1, 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board unanimously adopted a new Industrial Storm Water permit (2014 Permit). You can find the new Industrial Storm Water permit and supporting documents here, along with a change sheet also adopted by the State Board.
Last week, the White House announced its new plan to cut methane emissions, the tenants of which could have far reaching implications for the oil and gas industry. Titled the “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions,” the plan outlines a coordinated interagency response to methane reduction that targets a broad swath of industries, including waste disposal, coal mining, and agriculture.
The “age of renewables” has arrived in the United States, the world’s biggest electricity market, Citigroup says, and solar and wind energy are becoming competitive with natural gas peaking and baseload plants.
On 25 March 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released a joint proposed rule defining the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
In 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court created great confusion in Rapanos v. United States over what wetlands fell within the coverage of the Clean Water Act (CWA) by setting out two separate tests for jurisdiction, one in the four-justice plurality opinion led by Justice Scalia, and one in a separate concurrence by Justice Kennedy.
When does placing fill in a wetland or disturbing a stream for construction require a federal permit? Seems like this should evoke a pretty straightforward answer.
On March 28, 2014 the White House announced its Methane Reduction Strategy (“MRS”) containing the broad outlines of a multi-agency strategy to reduce methane emissions from four major sources: the oil and gas industry, cattle and dairy farming, coal mining, and landfills.
Procurement Opportunities Indicate That Energy Storage Technologies May Be Poised for Commercial Deployment
Across North America, investor-owned utilities (IOUs), publicly-owned utilities (POUs), and other load-serving entities are issuing unprecedented requests for proposals or offers (RFPs or RFOs) for advanced energy storage projects.