The NRC Responds to Nuclear Plant Work-Hour Concerns Prompted by COVID-19

by Kelly Daly The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that it is prepared to grant temporary exemptions from work-hour controls when the COVID-19 virus adversely impacts staffing levels at nuclear plants such that the applicant can no longer meet the work-hour … Continue reading

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EPA Announces Enforcement Discretion Policy for Noncompliance Caused by COVID-19 Pandemic

By Michael C. Ford EPA announced on March 26, 2020 a temporary enforcement policy regarding EPA enforcement of environmental legal obligations. In general, EPA does not expect to seek penalties for violations of routine compliance monitoring, integrity testing, sampling, laboratory … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Drone Use Cases May Hasten Regulatory Approvals

by Patrick J. Paul As the Coronavirus pandemic continues its spread across the globe, the case for drone delivery is rapidly gaining international attention and consequently may have regulatory approval fast-tracked. In China, drone delivery systems previously utilized for residential … Continue reading

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The COVID-19 Impact on Renewable Energy Projects

by Patrick J. Paul The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on a host of industries worldwide and the renewable energy market is not exempt.  In the U.S., the renewable market is likely to be impacted by supply chain and … Continue reading

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Drone Deployment to Combat COVID-19

by Patrick J. Paul As the world faces an unprecedented pandemic with the rapid spread of the coronavirus, drones are being increasingly deployed to assist in the response. From delivery, to disinfectant, to photography, the use of drones in this … Continue reading

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OSHA Provides Guidance and Resources in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

by Michael C. Ford OSHA has responded to the COVID-19 outbreak with a dedicated webpage that includes guidance for employers.  While emphasizing that the current risk for most types of workers remains low, the guidance covers preparing workplaces for COVID-19, … Continue reading

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EPA Issues Guidance Concerning Coronavirus and Drinking Water

by L. William Staudenmaier The United Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued guidance (https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater#tapwater) regarding the status of public drinking water systems in light of the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the country.  In the guidance document, EPA … Continue reading

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Land & Water Conservation Fund Update

by Andy Hawes A year ago, we blogged about the Senate-proposed Natural Resources Management Act (NRMA) which sought to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The proposed NRMA was developed largely due to the efforts of a … Continue reading

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FERC Adopts Favorable Buckeye XPress Environmental Assessment; Greenhouse Gas Emissions Not A Prohibitive Factor

By Kelly Daly, Farris Gillman, and Fabian Eichentopf On January 23, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted the Office of Environmental Projects’ (OEP) Environmental Assessment (EA) of Buckeye XPress, concluding that the project will have “no significant impact” … Continue reading

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Opportunities for Public Involvement Regarding the Pinal County Active Management Area

by Fred Breedlove We posted very recently about the public’s opportunity to shape water conservation policy in Arizona Active Management Areas (“AMAs”), but there are presently two other opportunities to develop Arizona water policy that the public can get involved … Continue reading

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