On June 26, 2012, the D.C. Circuit Court dismissed or denied numerous challenges to a series of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas (GHG) related rulemakings: the “Endangerment Finding,” “Tailpipe Rule,” “Timing Rule,” and “Tailoring Rule.” See Coalition for Responsible Regulations, Inc., et al., v. EPA, Case No. 09-1322 (lead case in consolidated action).
On June 25, 2012, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency due to Tropical Storm Debby. Executive Order 12-140 is effective statewide and expires on August 24. The emergency order has two main impacts on applications or permits issued pursuant to chapter 373, Florida Statutes.
HGS Shareholder Ralph A. DeMeo spoke at the Florida Bar Annual Meeting in Orlando on June 23 at the Animal Law Committee Annual Seminar on Animal Law.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Enters Final Order Approving CF Industries, Inc. Permits for South Pasture Extension
HGS secured a significant victory for client CF Industries, Inc. (CF) in FINR II, Inc. v. CF Industries, Inc. and Department of Environmental Protection, OGC Case No. 11-1756, DOAH Case No. 11-6495 (June 8, 2012), for its proposed South Pasture phosphate mine extension located in Hardee County, Florida.
On June 7, 2012, Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter issued a final order rejecting legal challenges against the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP’s) proposed numeric nutrient standards and existing narrative nutrient criterion.
HGS Attorney Jake Cremer spoke at the 2012 National Conference of Forest Landowners on May 30, 2012. The conference is held annually by the Forest Landowners Association, bringing together private owners of timberlands from across the country to discuss the issues they are facing.
In mid-May, HGS celebrated the graduation of the Tallahassee Chamber’s Leadership Tallahassee Class 29, including HGS lawyer Mike Collazo.
Three HGS Attorneys Lead Seminar on Environmental & Land Use Considerations for Real Estate Transactions
Three HGS Attorneys spoke at a continuing legal education seminar last Friday, Environmental and Land Use Considerations for Real Estate Transactions 2012.
On April 12, Hopping Green & Sams was named one of 3 finalists for the Tallahassee Chamber’s “Service Business of the Year” award at a reception held honoring all nominees.
HGS Attorney Jake Cremer spoke to the Southeastern Wood Producers Association in Perry, Florida on April 10, 2012. Hopping Green & Sams sponsored the meeting.