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Clean Water Act Developments

Christine Wyman will discuss EPA’s final Section 401 Water Quality Certification Rule, which aims to provide structure and limits on how States consider whether discharges from federally permitted projects will impact water quality. Daniel Pope will provide an update on...

This month's topic: Texas Title V and Permits by Rule

On May 29, 2020, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced programmatic changes to the Texas Title V operating permits program relating to how Texas Title V permits incorporate Permit by Rule (PBR) preconstruction authorizations. Join Bracewell partner Whit...

COVID-19: EPA Enforcement Discretion Policy

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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a policy memorandum on the exercise of enforcement discretion due to the evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Susan Parker Bodine, Assistant Administrator for Enforcement...

RMP Rule: What's Going On?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted revisions to the federal Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule in December 2019, undoing some – but not all – of the program changes adopted in the final days of the Obama administration. Please...

NEPA "Neat": The Proposed Rule, Distilled

The Administration has just issued a proposed rule that would amend the federal regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA applies to nearly every federal action of consequence, including federal projects, permits for private activity, grants, funding decisions...