Posts Tagged ‘News’

Amendments to Endangered Species Act Rules Spark Litigation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (“the Services”) have issued three final rules amending the federal regulations implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The changes constitute the most sweeping revisions to ESA rules in the statute’s history. The new rules change how species are listed as endangered or…

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Kimberley Hale & Helen Barnes to present at “Commercial Land Use and Zoning Law” CLE on December 13, 2019

Kimberley Hale & Helen Barnes will present a section at the “Commercial Land Use and Zoning Law” CLE.  Their section titled, “Environmental Regulatory Hitches and Liabilities,” will guide attendees through the environmental considerations necessary in commercial property transactions, such as due diligence, mitigating known contamination through brownfield programs and other alternatives, negotiating environmental liability terms,…

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Expected Regulatory Proposal to Overhaul NEPA

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is expected to release proposed regulations to substantially modify its rules implementing the 1970 National Environmental Policy Act, also known as NEPA. NEPA and its implementing regulations require federal agencies to conduct environmental review and impact assessment and engage the public on major federal actions such as infrastructure, energy…

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KMCL LAW RANKED IN 2020 “BEST LAW FIRMS”

Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP (KMCL Law) has been ranked for the tenth consecutive year in the annual U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list.  The firm received a national Tier 1 ranking in two practice areas, as well as tiered regional rankings in five practice areas.  In all, KMCL received tiered rankings for environmental…

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2015 “Waters of the U.S.” Rule Repealed

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps signed a final rule last Thursday, September 12, to repeal the rule defining “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) the agencies promulgated in 2015 (“2015 Rule”).  See pre-publication version, available at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-09/documents/wotus_rin-2040-af74_final_frn_prepub2.pdf.  The repeal will take effect 60 days after the rule is published in the…

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Here We Grow Again: KMCL Adds Strength with Another Highly-Credentialed Am-Law 100 Attorney

On July 1, 2019, Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP’s (KMCL’s) Atlanta office welcomed prominent environmental attorney Jonathan E. Wells to its team. Jonathan, an Emory University School of Law graduate, brings nearly 17 years of experience in the areas of land use, natural resources, and toxic tort litigation. His credentials have been recognized by listings…

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Revised Definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) published in the Federal Register

EPA’s and the Army Corps’ 2015 promulgation of a revised definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) was met with an executive order and extensive legal challenges questioning the definition’s lawfulness (with which KMCL has been involved).  The Agencies thus commenced a lengthy process to rescind and replace that rule.  One piece of that…

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KMCL LAW RANKED IN 2019 “BEST LAW FIRMS”

Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP (KMCL Law) has been ranked for the ninth consecutive year in the annual U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list.  The firm received a national Tier 1 ranking in two practice areas, as well as tiered regional rankings in five practice areas.  In all, KMCL received tiered rankings for environmental…

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