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WEBINAR: Post-Election Impact on U.S. and Mexico Energy and Environmental Matters

Greenberg Traurig’s Bill Garner, Energy & Natural Resources Practice Co-Chair, and Environmental Practice Shareholders Erick Hernández and Bernadette Rappold are hosting a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2021, to discuss the legal implications of cross-border energy and environmental matters between the U.S. and Mexico following the recent U.S. elections. Carlos Hernandez Gonzalez, national vice president … Continue Reading

Jillian Kirn to Participate in Webinar on Resolving Superfund Liability and Protecting PRP Interests

Environmental Practice Shareholder Jillian C. Kirn of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP will participate in a live 90-minute Strafford CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET, titled “Resolving Superfund Liability and Protecting PRP Interests: Recent Developments and Best Practices in Settling and Preserving CERCLA Claims.” Continue reading … Continue Reading

Center for Resource Solutions Confirms Greenberg Traurig as First Major Law Firm Certified by its Green-e® Energy Program

The non-profit Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) confirmed that Greenberg Traurig is the first major law firm to be certified through its Green-e® Energy program. In addition, CRS has certified that Greenberg Traurig’s North American offices are powered by 100% renewable energy. The CRS Green-e® Energy program has been called the leading renewable energy certification program in the United … Continue Reading

David G. Mandelbaum Joins Suffolk University Law School Adjunct Faculty

David G. Mandelbaum, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Global Environmental Practice, will teach “Environmental Litigation: Superfund” as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School in Boston in the spring 2021 semester. The course will cover legal and tactical issues that arise in litigating for or against the government and among private parties, problems of … Continue Reading

John Voorhees and Christopher Bell Co-Author ‘International Environmental Risk Management,’ Featured Among Qualiware’s Top 52 Books of 2020

International Environmental Risk Management – A Systems Approach (Second Edition), co-authored by Quest Environmental President Robert A. Woellner and Greenberg Traurig Shareholders John Voorhees and Christopher L. Bell, was included in a list of 52 recommended books of 2020 by Qualiware, a consultancy provider and publication focused on enterprise architecture and business management solutions. Continue … Continue Reading

Every New Building in the Netherlands Must Be (Almost) Energy Neutral Starting Jan. 1, 2021

As of Jan. 1, 2021, all permit applications for new buildings in the Netherlands are being tested against new criteria which aim to ensure that these new buildings are (almost) energy neutral. This requirement was already in place for new Dutch governmental buildings, but now it has been expanded to cover every new building (residences, … Continue Reading

Amendments to Regulations for Import/Export of Hydrocarbons and Hydrocarbon Products in Mexico

On Dec. 26, 2020, Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER) published in the Federal Official Gazette (DOF), a resolution that establishes the goods for which import and export activities are subject to regulation by SENER (the Resolution), whereby SENER amends the existing regulation related to such import and export activities and its corresponding permits. Continue reading … Continue Reading

Update: Latin America Renewable Energy Calls for Public Bids

Read in Spanish/Leer en Espanol. Please find below an update of relevant considerations regarding Calls for Public Bids in Renewable energy matters in Latin America (see prior related GT Alerts here). Colombia On Sept. 29, 2020, President Iván Duque Martínez held the official presentation ceremony of companies Afinia and Air-e as two new electric power … Continue Reading

Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020: Spotlight on the Extensions of Certain Alternative Energy Tax Credits

On Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed a COVID-19 relief bill (the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021), which President Trump signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. The bill includes the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, which provides much-anticipated extensions to critical alternative energy tax credits (including those for wind and solar projects) … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Represents BayWa r.e. in Installation of the Company’s Largest Onshore Wind Project to Date

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP served as lead counsel for BayWa r.e. in the financing, and sale of the 250 MW Amadeus Wind Project, which completed construction and achieved financial close in December. Situated northwest of Abilene in Rotan, Texas, the wind farm is BayWa r.e.’s largest onshore wind project completed to date and “will generate … Continue Reading

Pa.’s Advancement of Waste Reduction and Recycling: Amendments to the SWMA

Pennsylvanians have called for action on climate change and resource reuse in the commonwealth. Although the commonwealth has delayed action on a number of “zero waste” bills, Pennsylvania recently took action to join other states in supporting waste-to-energy and advanced recycling. On Nov. 25, Gov. Tom Wolf approved House Bill 1808 (now, Act No. 127), … Continue Reading

TRANSITION THOUGHTS: The Presidential Transition, NEPA, and Project Review

The incoming Biden Administration intends to take many major environmental policy actions aimed at climate change, enforcement, environmental justice, and several other issues, many of which entail reversing actions taken by the Trump Administration. Companies and their environmental managers should monitor and consider participating in this contentious process. GT will be tracking these changes in … Continue Reading

TRANSITION THOUGHTS: What Clean Air Act Permittees Should Track in the Biden Administration

The incoming Biden Administration intends to take many major environmental policy actions   aimed at climate change, enforcement, environmental justice, and several other issues, many of which entail reversing actions taken by the Trump Administration. Companies and their environmental managers should monitor and consider participating in this contentious process. GT will be tracking these changes in … Continue Reading

The State of Coal Ash Regulation and Implications for the Commonwealth

Two recent developments, the finalization of Part B of the coal combustion residuals, or CCR, rule and the finalization of the 2020 Steam Electric Reconsideration Rule have triggered conversation about, and litigation over, the path forward for long-term management of CCR in the United States. Click here to access the full article, “The State of … Continue Reading

Rolling Back Environmental Rollbacks in the New Administration

In 2016, the incoming Trump Administration stated its intention to reduce substantially federal environmental regulation. The president issued executive orders requiring two rule repeals for each new rule and directing the reorganization of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He also carried through on promises to announce the country’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords … Continue Reading

Some Problems With Superfund Settlement Premiums

When a party “cashes out” of its liability to the government under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance in place since 1988 the settling party typically pays a premium over what would otherwise be its equitable share. Even though settlements have featured premiums for decades, … Continue Reading

Webinar: Renewable Energy in Latin America – An Industry Update

On Nov. 5, 2020, at 11 a.m. CST, join Greenberg Traurig, in collaboration with Rubicon Capital Advisors, for a webinar on the current renewables climate in Latin America, with a focus on Chile and Colombia. Guest speakers include: Invenergy LLC’s Gabriel Monroy, VP of Finance & Capital Markets; Patricia Tatto, ATA Renewables’ VP of America; … Continue Reading

New Lawsuit Challenges DOJ Policy Prohibiting SEPs

The ongoing battle over Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) – environmentally-beneficial, beyond-compliance projects that defendants agree to undertake for potential penalty mitigation in settlement of environmental enforcement actions – heated up last week when an environmental group sued the attorney general and others for violating the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in issuing a legal memorandum effectively … Continue Reading
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