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limited recreational operations of unmanned aircraft or drones necessitated by the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act, which repealed Section 336 … Continue reading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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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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