Flagstaff Museum Fire Takes Center Stage at the 2019 AMC Environmental Summit

by Amanda A. Reeve Consuming the forest in a red blaze just about a mile north of downtown Flagstaff, the Museum Fire Wildfire had many Arizonans on edge, especially fire management officials.  Flagstaff is a popular destination year-round, and especially … Continue reading

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Rosemont Project FEIS, ROD and Unpatented Mining Claims Dealt Blow by Arizona District Court

by James P. Allen and Michael C. Ford The Rosemont Copper Project suffered a shocking setback with a July 31, 2019 order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in Center for Biological Diversity, et al., v. … Continue reading

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Environmental Groups’ Push to Impose Additional Financial Assurance Requirements on the Hardrock Mining Industry Rejected by the D.C. Circuit

by Michael C. Ford A decade of lingering uncertainty for the mining industry regarding potentially billions of dollars in new regulatory compliance costs is now over (at least for now) as a result of the United States Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Application of the Anti-Speculation Doctrine to Water Permit Extension Requests

By Justin L. Carley & Tom A. Skelly In Nevada, water is a public resource, meaning no person or entity can hold ownership title, but at most can enjoy the right to beneficial use. A party who wishes to appropriate … Continue reading

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Drones and Forest Fires – Leave It to the Pros

by Patrick J. Paul Wildfire season is in full swing with at least 19 active fires burning across Arizona according to the Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM).  There are multiple other prescribed or controlled fires also presently burning … Continue reading

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2019 Arizona Environmental and Sustainability Summit

by Lucas J. Narducci Next week is the annual Environmental and Sustainability Summit presented by Snell & Wilmer and the Arizona Manufacturers Council.  This Summit has been providing up to date information to attendees in the environmental, health, safety and … Continue reading

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Drone to the Rescue in Flagstaff Forest Fire

by Patrick J. Paul The U.S. Forest Service deployed a drone for its maiden mission to manage a forest fire in Flagstaff, Arizona earlier this week. The lightning-caused Maroon Fire has been burning for several weeks in the Coconino National … Continue reading

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FAA Announces Recreational Drone Rules

by Patrick J. Paul On May 17, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a notice implementing the statutory exception for limited recreational operations of unmanned aircraft or drones necessitated by the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act, which repealed Section 336 … Continue reading

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EPA to Take Action to Improve Cost-Benefit Analyses for Agency Rulemakings

By Christopher P. Colyer On Tuesday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published an internal memo outlining new agency efforts to improve the consistency and transparency of cost-benefit analyses performed in conjunction with agency rulemakings. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s … Continue reading

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Emerging Anti-Drone Technology To Be Commercialized

by Patrick J. Paul Evolving anti-drone technology designed to detect, control, and as necessary, divert unauthorized drones to a safe landing will soon be commercialized pursuant to a licensing agreement between Embry Riddle University and Drone Defense Systems LLC, a … Continue reading

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