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Showing 11 posts in Transportation and Infrastructure.

Full Steam Ahead: EPA Moves Forward with Key Initiative to Reduce Emissions at U.S. Ports

EPA’s Office of Transportation Air Quality recently issued a report titled “EPA and Port Everglades Partnership: Emission Inventories and Reduction Strategies” (“the Port Everglades Report”).[1] The Port Everglades Report comes in the wake of EPA’s 2016 “National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports.”[2] Both the Port Everglades Report and the National Port Strategy Assessment are part of EPA’s “Ports Initiative,”[3] which seeks to establish a framework for stakeholders to evaluate and implement air pollution emission-reduction initiatives at ports. Read More ›

Introducing Our California Environmental Tracker

The San Francisco Office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. is pleased to announce a new series of articles dedicated to developments in California environmental law. California has long been a driver of environmental policy, often setting demanding regulatory standards and leveraging its mammoth market share to compel national compliance. Read More ›

Massachusetts Proposes New Greenhouse Gas Rules for Electric Generation, Natural Gas, and Transportation Sectors

On December 16, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) released draft rules that would impose new greenhouse gas (“GHG”) requirements on the electric energy sector, gas distribution systems, and certain aspects of the transportation sector.  Written comments on the proposed regulations are due on or before February 24, 2017, and public hearings are currently scheduled for February 6 and February 8, 2017. Read More ›

Impacts of the 2016 U.S. Election on Environmental Law, Policy, and Enforcement

The 2016 election results will have wide-ranging impacts on the future direction of environmental law, policy, and enforcement in the U.S.  With 100 lawyers in offices around the U.S. focused on environmental and natural resource law and litigation, Beveridge & Diamond helps clients navigate legal and business risks arising from this evolving legal landscape. Read More ›

DOT Releases Policy for Driverless Vehicle Testing and Deployment on U.S. Roads

Summary:  On September 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a forward thinking guidance document titled, “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy” (Policy), to aid all stakeholders involved in shaping the future of transportation.  The Policy and associated fact sheets can be found on DOT’s automated vehicle website.  This guidance document has been heavily anticipated due to the rapid advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and the magnitude of the safety and environmental benefits the application of that technology is expected to achieve.  In short, autonomous vehicles will absolutely and totally change transportation forever. Read More ›

DOT Issues Final Rule Providing Only Very Limited Relief for Reverse Logistics of Retail Products

Summary: This news alert discusses the final rule to streamline requirements under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) for “reverse logistics” of retail products that qualify as hazardous materials. The rule establishes reduced requirements for shipments by both non-private and private carriers, but it is so narrowly crafted that it will likely be of benefit in only a very limited range of circumstances. Read More ›

Fred Wagner Discusses Industry’s Role in Ensuring Common Sense EPA Rulemakings on LXBN TV

In a recent video interview with Lexblog Network TV (LXBN TV), Fred Wagner expanded on his post “Transportation Conformity Form Over Substance” on the firm’s EnviroStructure blog.  The post discusses a December 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturning an EPA rulemaking that would have streamlined
transportation conformity planning by allowing planners to comply with ozone ambient air quality standards that were updated in 2008 rather than prior 1997 standards.  Read More ›

Arlington/Fairfax Streetcar Halted in Its Tracks

Arlington County has announced that it will mothball the proposed Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects and wind down all related spending.  Read More ›

Lock It Up! Maryland Secures Transportation Trust Fund

Gus Bauman, a leader of Beveridge & Diamond’s Natural Resources and Project Development Practice Group, had more than a passing interest in the recent election in Maryland, as he explains, below.

Tuesday, November 4 was a bloodbath for the Democratic Party all over the country. Even in solid blue Maryland, the voters shocked the nation’s political establishment by electing a Republican as the next Governor over the “sure-fire winner” Democratic candidate. The voters in Maryland also did something else very revealing, even unusual, but far less shocking. Read More ›

If You’re Reading This on Your Smartphone, Look Up!

Are you crossing the street right now?  Not quite sure?  You might want to look up from that phone…wait, watch out for that…!!”

[suspenseful pause; sigh of relief; shouted profanities]

Like me, you’ve probably been on both sides of this “near miss” – whether as the startled pedestrian or bicyclist, or as the angry driver slamming on the brakes.  One, or both, commuters might be distracted on a call or text.  Each then inevitably blames the other.  I regularly witness the screaming matches on the busy intersections of Washington, D.C., and feel confident that they likewise occur in cities and towns across the country.  Accident data support my theory and suggest that the problem is only growing.  Read More ›