Trump’s Regulatory Reform Initiatives Meet the Endangered Species Act

by Michael C. Ford The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries jointly announced via conference call this morning the publication of proposed revisions to portions of their regulations that implement key sections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  … Continue reading

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Congress Denies Trump’s Request to Slash EPA’s Budget

by Megan H. Tracy Back in February, the White House released its proposed budget for 2018.  Among other things, the President’s budget sought to cut EPA’s budget by $2.5 billion, or over 23 percent.  Targets of the proposed cuts included: climate … Continue reading

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What happened to all the big changes at Trump’s EPA?

By Mitch Klein Following the presidential election, much was made of the enormous changes that the new president intended to make at the EPA, and his choice for Director, Scott Pruitt, resulted in heated opposition and a frenzied uproar from … Continue reading

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EPA Reverses Course; Declines to Impose CERCLA Financial Responsibility Rules on the Hardrock Mining Industry

by John D. Burnside In a stunning change of course, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced on December 1, 2017, that it would not issue final regulations imposing financial responsibility requirements on hardrock mining operations to fund the estimated … Continue reading

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Up to the Minute Synopsis of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Developments

by Michael C. Ford Keeping track of the ongoing administrative and judicial developments on the issue of Clean Water Act jurisdiction has become almost as complex as trying to make a jurisdictional determination itself. Here is a handy synopsis of … Continue reading

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CFIUS’s Report and the Year Ahead for Foreign Natural Resource Investment

by Jeffrey Reeser On September 21, 2017, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) issued a public version of its most recent classified annual report to Congress on covered transactions for CY 2015. CFIUS is the multi-agency governmental committee … Continue reading

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Seven Months into the Trump Administration, Outlook of Controversial Obama-Era Ozone Standard Remains Hazy

by Chris Colyer The status of a controversial rule establishing more stringent ambient air quality standards for ozone—promulgated by former President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—remains unclear following a series of developments under the current Trump Administration and the … Continue reading

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The Trump Administration Delivers Much Needed Relief to the Coal Industry

By Denise Dragoo, Natural Resources Partner, Snell & Wilmer, LLP During the first six months of the new Administration, President Trump has delivered much needed relief to the coal industry. The President and Congress have been particularly effective at rolling back … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Now? Not Much Has Changed in the Last Six Months

by Raymond S. Heyman It has almost been six months since the Trump administration came into power. At that time, energy and environmental stakeholders were either celebrating the advent of a period of progressive reform or lamenting the end of … Continue reading

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Trump’s Executive Order Requires Hard Look at National Monument Designations

By Maribeth M. Klein By executive order, President Trump directed the Department of Interior to review national monuments designated since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The Antiquities Act grants the President authority to designate “historic landmarks, historic and … Continue reading

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