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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 construction disruptions caused by the coronavirus spread.  These delays may further negatively impact existing power […]

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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 crisis continues to grow as emergency responders and food and medical supply delivery companies attempt […]

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Cooperative Federalism and the Clean Water Act: The States Finally Get their Due

by Michael C. Ford, Lucas J. Narducci and Patrick J. Paul There is no shortage of dramatic, if not predictable, commentary in the wake of the Trump Administration’s release of its “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” (“Rule”) ranging from the indignant to the hyperbolic, and the outright inane: This bulldozing of clean water protections would be […]

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Forever Chemicals (PFAS) Start New Decade With Flurry of Scrutiny

by Patrick J. Paul and Michael C. Ford The first few weeks of 2020 have seen regulatory and litigation attention heaped upon what have come to be known as “forever chemicals” or  Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), which encompass more than 5,000 chemical substances in total and are found most commonly in household products like nonstick […]

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Trump Proposes Rules to Expedite Infrastructure Projects

by Patrick J. Paul On January 9, 2020, in one of the more significant environmental proposals of the current administration, President Trump’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) proposed updates to its regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). According to the White House, the rules are designed to modernize […]

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Ninth Circuit Dismisses Youth Climate Change Suit

by Patrick J. Paul On January 17, 2020, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1, thirty-two page decision, authored by Arizona’s former Vice-Chief Justice Andrew Hurwitz, dismissed a climate change lawsuit brought by 21 plaintiffs aged 8 through 19 against the federal government for violating their right to a […]

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EPA Seeks Comment on Further PFAS Regulation

by Patrick J. Paul and Chris Colyer As previously reported in this blog, on December 4, 2019 EPA published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) seeking information on whether to include certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and […]

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PFAS: The Forever Chemicals Gaining Regulatory Attention

By Patrick Paul & Chris Colyer Although EPA announced an “action plan” on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) back in February, subsequent actions have been limited, that is, until recently. First created in the 1940s, PFAS are most commonly utilized to make products such as nonstick cookware, grease-resistant food packaging, stain repellents, and firefighting foams. […]

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Log It or Lose It: New Economic Opportunities Open as the Forest Service Changes Its Management Tactics in Northern Arizona

by Farris Gillman, Lucas Narducci, and Patrick Paul Opportunity for business in Arizona is booming.  In a May 2019 ranking in Chief Executive Magazine, Arizona jumped to seventh best state to do business. Arizona is well known for its mineral deposits, but timber was once one of the state’s leading industries. Northern Arizona has millions […]

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UPS Wins Race to Become First FAA Certified Drone Airline Operator

By Patrick Paul On October 1, 2019, UPS and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that a UPS subsidiary, UPS Flight Forward Inc., received FAA approval under 14 CFR Part 135 to operate a drone airline.  This approval will allow UPS Flight Forward to operate multiple revenue-generating package delivery drones under a single FAA […]

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