Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP (KMCL), a nationally recognized law firm focused on environmental and energy law, announced today that prominent environmental attorney Greg Blount, formerly a partner at Troutman Pepper, has joined the firm as a Partner in the firm’s Atlanta office. The Firm also announced that two of its outstanding existing lawyers, Shelly…

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Yesterday, EPA issued a “No Action Assurance” memorandum staying enforcement of a rule prohibiting the manufacturing, processing, and distribution of PIP (3:1), and gave notice that it is extending the comment period on final rules promulgated on January 6, 2021 regulating PIP (3:1) and four other PBTs. The extension will give affected parties additional time…

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Deepening a circuit split, a panel of the Eleventh Circuit held on Tuesday that “ascertainability” of class membership – in the sense that identification of class membership is “administratively feasible” – is not a threshold requisite to the successful maintenance of a putative class action.  The court held that a Florida judge erred in dismissing…

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KMCL is proud of its role in helping secure Georgia’s water supply future.  Our outstanding team, Shelly Jacobs Ellerhorst and John Allen, played an instrumental part in this critical step forward for the State.  We thank the Governor and the Attorney General for their continued confidence in us. To see the Attorney General’s press release…

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In anticipation of inauguration day on January 20, 2021, the Trump Administration is racing to issue so-called midnight regulations. Midnight regulations have been used by many outgoing administrations just before leaving office to finalize policy priorities. The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has been reviewing dozens of regulations submitted since Election Day,…

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On August 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finalized amendments to Regulation S-K, changing disclosure rules for environmental reporting. The amendments are the first update to Regulation S-K in over 30 years and will become effective Monday, November 9, 2020. The amendments will change the $100,000 trigger for disclosure of actual or potential…

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Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP (KMCL Law) has been ranked for the eleventh 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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On July 15, 2020, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued long-anticipated amendments to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations in a final rule. NEPA is a bedrock environmental statute which requires federal agencies to conduct environmental review and impact assessment before engaging in major actions such as infrastructure, energy extraction, and…

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In a highly anticipated decision yesterday, the Supreme Court announced on a 6-3 basis that Clean Water Act permits are required under certain circumstances for point source pollutants that reach jurisdictional waters through groundwater.  On the critical question of which circumstances, the Court announced a fact-dependent, qualitative test: a CWA permit is required for point…

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The Supreme Court held on April 20, 2020, in a broad consensus decision, that landowners affected by a Superfund site can sue under state law for damages to their properties, but those damages may not include the cost to restore the plaintiffs’ properties based on their preferred cleanup remedy if that remedy is not approved…

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