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2021 Quarter 3 Regulatory Update

During the third quarter of 2021, there were several federal regulatory developments from the United States (U.S.) Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). A court order resulted in changes to the definition of “waters of the U.S.,” findings were …

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2021 Quarter 2 Regulatory Update

Several federal regulatory developments from the United States (U.S.) Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Army, and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) occurred during the second quarter of 2021, including one proposed rule and two announcements regarding revising, rescinding, or reinstating regulations. In addition, the California State Water …

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What’s Happening at FERC? Second Edition

SPRING 2021, PART II As anticipated, policy changes and decisions are coming quickly at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) that may potentially affect the FERC’s environmental review process for construction of new and expansion projects. These changes may affect targeted in-service dates and permitting schedules. Insignia Environmental has been closely following developments …

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Clarification on California “Waters of the State” Regulations

On June 22, 2020, the Navigable Waters Protection Rule went into effect, finalizing a revised definition of “waters of the United States (U.S.)” under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and significantly decreasing the number of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. In general, a water must now be perennial or intermittent and have a direct …

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2021 Quarter 1 Regulatory Update

Several federal regulatory developments from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and United States Forest Service (USFS) occurred during the first quarter of 2021, including final rules, proposed rules/directives, and a finding on a petition to list a species. Below is a summary of each of these developments …

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What’s Happening at FERC?

SPRING 2021: POTENTIAL POLICY CHANGES DIRECTED BY CONGRESS In December 2020, Congress passed the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA), which was part of the COVID-19 relief bill. Passed under bipartisan leadership, the AEIA included more than 50 new energy-focused measures that aim to modernize energy laws, invest in clean energy technology, and strengthen national security. …

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Insignia President co-authors book

Insignia is proud to announce that its founder and president has co-authored a book dedicated to the advancement of women business owners.

The Final Rule for Regulations for Interagency Cooperation

The Final Rule for Regulations for Interagency Cooperation

During the fall of 2019, several important rules were finalized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (the Services) that sought to revise how long-standing aspects of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, have been implemented for decades. The three rules listed below are now effective: …

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The Navigable Waters Protection Rule and State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State in California: New changes in waters and wetlands permitting 1

The Navigable Waters Protection Rule and State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State in California: New changes in waters and wetlands permitting

On June 22, 2020, the United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) published the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) in the Federal Register to finalize a revised definition of “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The NWPR is the second step in a two-step …

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