Law360 announced Sue Charles, Russell Eggert and Trent Cornell have joined Troutman Sanders’ Environmental and Litigation Practices in its Chicago, IL office. The 3-person team was formerly with Lathrop & Gage. Charles and Eggert handle environmental risk in corporate mergers and acquisitions while Cornell represents trustees and retiree groups in large bankruptcy claims. These additions will strengthen the already deep Environmental and Natural Resources and Litigation practices as well as grow the firm’s Chicago presence. For the full article, visit Law360.com.”

In the May 2017 issue of Natural Gas & Electricity, Partner Mack McGuffey offers a summary of the new direction the EPA will take under the appointment of its newest EPA administrator, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.  A copy of the article can be obtained here: “Clearing the Air on EPA’s New Chief.” Natural Gas & Electricity 33/10 ©2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., a Wiley company.

ATLANTA – April 3, 2017 – Troutman Sanders LLP announced today the addition of a team of nationally recognized lawyers specializing in oil and gas pipeline legal issues. Bob Hogfoss, Catherine Little and Annie Cook have joined the firm as partners. They previously practiced at Hunton & Williams LLP.

Continue Reading Troutman Environmental Team Grows Again: Nationally Recognized Pipeline Group Joins Troutman Sanders

Troutman Sanders attorneys Greg Blount and Karlie Webb are the authors of the Law360 article, “How New EPA Hazardous Waste Rule Impacts Retail Pharmacies” which examines the effect of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule on retail pharmacies. See the full article here. The two will host a webinar on the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule on Friday, November 18 at 12 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

Also, Miranda Yost and Andy Flavin authored the article, “Climate Change Litigants Get Creative.” The Law360 article discusses how a new wave of climate change claims is sweeping the country and how claimants are using a broad range of laws (not limited to just environmental), to pursue claims. To see the full article, click here.

On Friday, October 7, 2016, several industry trade organizations and associations, as respondents, filed a brief requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court review the fractured decision of the Sixth Circuit to exercise jurisdiction over various challenges to the EPA-Army Corps issued Waters of the United States (”WOTUS”) Rule under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”).

Continue Reading Petition to the Supreme Court to Review WOTUS Jurisdiction Quandary

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral argument over the Obama Administration’s signature plan for addressing climate change: the Clean Power Plan, which relies on “generation shifting” to reduce power sector emissions 32 percent by 2030. In a highly unusual move, the court held the argument en banc—that is, before all active judges (except recusals).  Thus, with the recusal of Supreme Court nominee Judge Garland, the case was heard before a ten judge panel of Judges Henderson, Tatel, Rogers, Griffith, Kavanaugh, Brown, Srinivasan, Pillard, Millett, and Wilkins (4 Republican-appointed and 6 Democrat-appointed, four of whom were appointed by President Obama). Continue Reading D.C. Circuit Hears Arguments on Legality of the Clean Power Plan

On September 22, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) proposed the rusty patched bumble bee for listing as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”).  This action results from a 2013 petition and subsequent lawsuit filed by The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to list the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species. Continue Reading Fish and Wildlife Proposes to Add Rusty Patched Bumble Bee to Endangered Species List

From recent discussions with the U.S. EPA, all indications are that the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule will be finalized any day now. Troutman Sanders’ Greg Blount and Karlie Webb will present a webinar update on the final rule shortly after publication. Please stay tuned!

To see the proposed rule, click here. To see ELAP Monitor posts on the rule and similar topics, click here,  here, and here.

Troutman Sanders is pleased to announce that more than 115 of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America© 2017 edition. Among this list are 11 of our Environmental and Natural Resources lawyers, including Gregory W. Blount, Randy E. Brogdon, Margaret Claiborne Campbell, William M. Droze, Douglas A. Henderson, Hollister “Holly” A. Hill, John H. Johnson, Jr., Carroll “Mack” W. McGuffey III, and Andrea L. Rimer in our Atlanta, Georgia office.; Peter S. Glaser in Washington, D.C.; and Brooks M. Smith in Richmond, VA. Continue Reading 11 Environmental Partners Among Best Lawyers In America; Brooks Smith is “Lawyer of the Year”

Troutman Sanders LLP is pleased to announce that Kevin Desharnais has joined the firm’s Environmental practice as a partner in the Chicago office. Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Desharnais was a partner at Mayer Brown LLP. Continue Reading Troutman Sanders Environmental Practice Expands to Chicago with the Addition of Partner Kevin Desharnais