Coal Exports: The Trump Administration and Western States Take Action to Open Ports for Shipment of Coal

by Denise A. Dragoo On April 10, 2019, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order seeking to address permitting and policy obstacles preventing the export of coal and other energy resources through West Coast ports. New port facilities and improvements … Continue reading

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Fireworks: A “Boom” Or A “Dud” For Arizona

by Amanda A. Reeve The Arizona Legislature is on the cusp of passing legislation that will expand the days on which consumer fireworks are permitted for sale and use in Arizona. However, what some may think will serve as a … Continue reading

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Arizona Corporation Commission Presses Forward with New Energy Policies and Potential Updates to Energy Rules

by Michael W. Patten Over the past two years, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has been considering how to address the rapidly changing electric energy landscape.  Through a variety of proceedings, the ACC is reviewing existing energy-related rules, considering (and … Continue reading

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Colorado Legislature Passes Sweeping Oil and Gas Reform

by Frances Folin Members of the Colorado State Senate, on a strictly party-line vote, approved amendments to SB-181 made by the State House.  SB-181 will now make its way to the Governor’s desk, where it is all but certain to … Continue reading

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Using Drones to Gather Evidence of Environmental Violations

by Mitchell J. Klein More than 1,000,000 drones have been registered.  The increasing use of drones by hobbyists means more and more concerned citizens and NGOs have the ability to obtain evidence of environmental violations. But what can be done … Continue reading

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Double Trouble for Vehicle and Equipment Imports: EPA and Customs Continue Vigorous Port Inspection and Enforcement Program

by Michael C. Ford Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of recreational vehicles and lawn and garden equipment subject to EPA regulations should take no comfort in rumors of EPA’s reduced enforcement activity under the Trump administration.  EPA, in conjunction with U.S. … Continue reading

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Transportation Funding Via The Taxing of Alternative Fuel Vehicles

by Amanda A. Reeve Just as a state’s economic development and growth is impacted by its ability to build and maintain its highways and bridges and improve its transportation systems, so too is its air quality.  After all, transportation conformity … Continue reading

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President Trump’s Budget for a Better America May Not Be Better for the EPA

by Raymond S. Heyman On Monday, March 11, 2019, the Office of Management and Budget issued President Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2020, “A Budget for a Better America”, (the “Budget Proposal”) in the amount of $4.7 trillion. As … Continue reading

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Colorado Legislature Takes Aim at Oil and Gas

by Frances Folin Late on Friday, March 1st, Senate Bill 19-181 was introduced in the Colorado State Senate.  The Bill would bring sweeping changes to oil and gas regulation in Colorado, less than 6 months after voters rejected Proposition 112 … Continue reading

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Homeless No More? The Land & Water Conservation Fund is Close to Securing Permanent Residency

by Andy Hawes World War II left America exhausted after tremendous sacrifices were made by the American people.  As the sun set on this storied chapter in American history, American society was ready for leisure which stirred a renewed enthusiasm … Continue reading

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