Forsgren Environmental Report

Forsgren Environmental Report Friday, July 26th, 2013 1.  Transportation Spending Bill ready for floor consideration in both Houses of Congress – Legislation funding the Department of Transportation may receive consideration simultaneously on the House and Senate floors this week.  H.R. 2610, the House’s FY14 Transportation-Housing appropriations bill, could come to the floor at any time on… More »

Appropriations Committee Passes Fiscal Year 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

On June 26th The Full Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representative passed legislation providing annual funding for fiscal year 2014 for the national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy, and other related agencies.   The bill totals $30.4 billion – a cut of $2.9 billion below… More »

Senators Press Fish & Wildlife For Answers on Sue-and-Settle Agreements

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, along with Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), and John Boozman (R-Ark.), sent a letter recently to Daniel Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), following up on two letters requesting information on the 2011 closed-door settlement agreements… More »

The U.S. Supreme Court backs landowner in Florida wetlands case

The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision sided with a Florida landowner in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. Mr. Koontz challenged the terms of a Florida-issued permit for developing wetlands.  This case establishes a significantly stricter standard for conditions regulators may place on permit applications.  The decision is a major win… More »