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BLM Rule Aims to Streamline Renewable Energy Development. The Wind Industry Says It Won’t Work.

A rule intended to streamline renewable energy development on federal lands was finalized by the Bureau of Land Management last week. Both the wind and solar industries have raised concerns.

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Environmental Managers?

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Environmental Managers?

What can businesses expect from a Donald Trump presidency in terms of changes in policy and enforcement of the country’s environmental laws?

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Congress Looks to Slash EPA Funding, Block Environmental Regulations

US Senate Republicans are looking to slash EPA funding and block some of the agency’s climate rules and environmental regulations that would manufacturers and other industries.

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What the Waters of the US Rule Means for Business

A federal appeals court this week ruled it will hear challenges to the Waters of the US Rule, also known as the Clean Water Rule. The water rule, authored by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, expands the reach of the Clean Water Act to protect US streams … Read more »

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Clean Water Rule on Hold Nationwide

The Clean Water Rule is on hold across the US after a federal court ruled the guidelines, which aim to protect US streams and wetlands from pollution, are likely illegal. The Cincinnati-based Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued the 2-1 ruling on Friday. The water rule, authored by … Read more »

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EPA Can Enforce Clean Water Rule in States That Didn’t Sue, Judge Says

A judge’s ruling that blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect late last month only applies to the 13 states that sued to stop the rule — not nationwide. A federal judge in North Dakota clarified the injunction he issued at the request of North Dakota and 12 other … Read more »

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Judge Blocks Clean Water Rule

A federal judge in North Dakota blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect Friday in 13 states. The rule, authored by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers expands the reach of the Clean Water Act to protect US streams and wetlands from pollution. While the EPA says … Read more »

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Clean Water Rule Finalized

The EPA and US Army yesterday finalized the Clean Water Rule in a move the agency says will make permitting less costly, easier and faster for businesses and industry as it more precisely defines water protected under the Clean Water Act. Industries including agriculture, oil and home-building will likely fight … Read more »

Environment, Energy ‘Front and Center’ on Capitol Hill

Industry can expect several key EPA rules governing climate change, air and water quality to be finalized this year, according to Bloomberg BNA’s 2015 policy outlook on the environment and energy. Among the report’s key takeaways: Climate change: The EPA is slated to finalize landmark climate regulations governing carbon emissions … Read more »

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EPA to Water Managers: Support Waters of the US Rule

EPA chief Gina McCarthy has asked water and wastewater professionals to support the agency’s Waters of the US rule. The Times-Picayune reports McCarthy was in New Orleans earlier this week seeking support from some 18,000 water managers and technicians. The rule, proposed jointly by EPA and the Army Corps of … Read more »

EPA Rule Pits Brewers Against Farmers

A group of small craft beer brewers, including Sierra Nevada and New Belgium, are actively supporting the EPA’s proposed Waters of the US rule, arguing it will help ensure that they have clean water for their products, while farmers who supply beer ingredients say the rule has the potential to … Read more »

Business Owners Want Clean Water Rules

Business Owners Want Clean Water Rules

The majority of small business owners favor federal protection of clean water and agree that clean water is necessary for a healthy economy and job creation, according to a national poll released by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). Key findings from the poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners for … Read more »