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On March 6, 2019, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Environmental Subcommittee held a hearing entitled "Examining PFAS Chemicals and Their Risks." The purpose of the hearing was to examine (1) the health effects associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure, (2) efforts by the Department of Defense (DoD) to minimize exposure in and around military communities, and (3) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recently released action plan regarding these substances. Two members of Congress, Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Daniel Kildee (D-MI), spoke about the impact of PFAS contamination from DoD facilities in their districts.
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March 8, 2019
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On Feb. 26, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its latest efforts to evaluate the toxicity of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in accordance with its previously announced PFAS Action Plan. As previously discussed in blog posts here, here, here, here and here, PFAS are a category of man-made chemicals that have been widely used to make products because of their stain-resistant, waterproof and/or nonstick properties.
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March 5, 2019
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On Feb. 26, 2019, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing entitled "EPA's Enforcement Program: Taking the Environmental Cop Off the Beat."
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February 25, 2019
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On Feb. 21, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) issued a final rule revising its regulations governing public utility mergers or consolidations. The primary effect of this rule is to set a $10 million threshold on such transactions before public utilities must seek FERC's approval before completing these lower-market deals.
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On Feb. 14, 2019, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler held a live-streamed press conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania describing the release of EPA’s anticipated PFAS Action Plan.
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February 15, 2019
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The Farm Bill has long served as a vehicle for clean energy programs, and the 2018 iteration—the first update in four years—is no exception. While the bill doesn't make significant changes to most of the existing energy programs at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is significant in itself, it does expand the purview and the available funding for some of them. It's worth unpacking a few of these developments that could have an outsize influence on government energy finance.
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February 4, 2019
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On Jan. 28, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued its response to the "Petition for Rulemaking to Establish a Treatment Technique Drinking Water Standard for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances" filed by Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and the Toxics Action Center pursuant to MGL c. 30A, § 4 and 310 CMR 2.00.
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January 29, 2019
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On Jan. 25, 2019 – just days before PG&E proposes to file its bankruptcy case – FERC issued an order asserting its concurrent authority to approve proposed rejection of wholesale power purchase agreements under the Bankruptcy Code. The order concludes that FERC and the bankruptcy courts have concurrent jurisdiction to address the disposition of wholesale power contracts that a bankruptcy debtor, like PG&E, seek to reject.
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January 28, 2019
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As described in a prior blog post, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) held a public meeting on Jan. 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. ET at MassDEP's Boston office to consider the "Petition for Rulemaking to Establish a Treatment Technique Drinking Water Standard for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)" filed by Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and the Toxics Action Center pursuant to MGL c. 30A, § 4 and 310 CMR 2.00.
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January 17, 2019
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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will hold a public meeting on Jan. 16, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. ET at MassDEP's Boston office to consider the "Petition for Rulemaking to Establish a Treatment Technique Drinking Water Standard for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances" filed by Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and the Toxics Action Center pursuant to MGL c. 30A, § 4 and 310 CMR 2.00.
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January 10, 2019
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On Jan. 3, 2019, the Solicitor General filed a Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae in response to an order issued Dec. 3, 2018 which "called for the views of the Solicitor General" (CVSG) in connection with two petitions for writ of certiorari pending before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).
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January 9, 2019
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On Dec. 28, 2018, the Office of Fossil Energy of the Department of Energy (DOE) filed a notice in the Federal Register indicating its response to the 19 public comments received on its study entitled Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports , and that its conclusions were available on its public docket. DOE had previously sought comments by notice published June 12, 2018.
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January 2, 2019
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Dec. 11, 2018, issued a long-awaited proposed rule to define "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) pursuant to the Clean Water Act (CWA).
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December 20, 2018
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On Nov. 14, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release seeking public comment on its draft toxicity assessment for GenX chemicals and perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS), members of a larger group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
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On Nov. 8, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Public Affairs issued a press release indicating that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions signed a memorandum (presumably before resigning) the day before that provides direction to all civil litigating components and United States Attorneys' Offices imposing new "Principles and Procedures for Civil Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements with State and Local Governmental Entities."
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November 15, 2018
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In the constantly shifting post-election landscape, Holland & Knight's overview on what to expect on energy and environmental issues in the post-election lame-duck congressional session and the 116th Congress remains as valid today as it was when it was published. However, recent developments afford the ability to offer new insights on political and policy changes to look for in the lame-duck session, and what they could mean for the next two years.
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November 14, 2018
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) continues to focus on cybersecurity risks in key areas like Smart Grid and Smart Cities. NIST kicks off a two day workshop from Nov. 13-14, 2018 focusing on key issues around Smart Grid and cybersecurity risks.
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November 14, 2018
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The 2018 midterm elections are in the books, and while some races are still too close to call, control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are no longer in doubt. The members of the 116th Congress spent a disproportionate amount of time and money campaigning on the issues of immigration, healthcare, taxes, trade and allegations of corruption.
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As described in a blog post on March 13, 2018, Section 13306 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, P.L. 115-97 (Dec. 22, 2017) revises the longstanding rule on the deductibility as a business expense (or lack thereof) of "any fine or similar penalty paid to a government for the violation of any law." Previously, it was well understood that such costs could not be deducted as business expenses under 26 U.S.C. § 162(f) and many EPA settlement documents specifically included such a prohibition, including characterizing certain payments as falling within the prohibition.
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October 31, 2018
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As described in previous blog posts on May 7, 2018 and March 13, 2018, regulatory changes are needed before liquefied natural gas (LNG) can be transported by rail tanker cars under applicable Hazardous Materials and Carriage by Rail regulations, 49 C.F.R Parts 172, 173 and 174, absent a special permit.
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October 30, 2018
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