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Environmental Law Trends in Regulation, Litigation, and Enforcement (2019 Update)

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Produced on January 17, 2019

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Course Information

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This course, taught by Sidley Austin Associate Benjamin Tannen, will provide an update on recent trends in environmental law under the Trump Administration, which is now in its third year of pursuing a sweeping deregulatory agenda and resetting the federal government’s approach towards environmental enforcement. The program will look at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies’ attempts to repeal and/or modify signature Obama-era regulations, such as the Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the United States rule. It will also provide an in-depth look at the ongoing litigation surrounding these deregulatory efforts, including those cases in which the courts have held that the Administration went too far.

The course will also analyze the Administration’s policy agenda in the environmental arena, including a focus on cooperative federalism, and will describe the Trump EPA and Department of Justice (DOJ) approaches towards environmental enforcement to date. It will also evaluate the likely impact of the 2018 congressional midterm elections on the Trump Administration’s environmental policies. Finally, the program will look at trickle-down effects of the Federal Government’s approach towards environmental law under the Trump Administration, such as the impact on the activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).   


Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the current Administration’s EPA and DOJ philosophy on environmental regulation and enforcement
  2. Describe real-world examples of the current Administration’s deregulatory push in the environmental arena
  3. Explain how the shift in environmental law has affected states and NGOs



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Faculty

Benjamin Tannen

Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Benjamin Tannen is a senior staff attorney in Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.’s Law Department’s environmental group, where he works on issues related to environmental compliance and remediation.  Previously, Ben worked as an associate in Sidley Austin LLP’s environmental group in its Washington, DC and then New York, NY offices.  At Sidley, Ben represented clients in regulatory environmental matters and in civil and criminal environmental enforcement, including matters involving the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review and Section 111 programs.  Ben is a vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee and a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee.



Reviews

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Andrew S.

Fantastic.

AA
Ashley Smith A.

good update

JL
Joseph L.

A really impressive speaker in terms of his substantive knowledge as well as a balanced approach

KS
Karen S.

Mr Tannen covered alot of complicated ground very well done. Appreciated the substantive regulatory and enforcement update since the April 2018 CLE.

WS
William S.

Thank you for a fine overview.

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Karen K.

This presenter was VERY knowledgeable. This is not my area of expertise, but it was still informative and interesting.

KR
Kristin R.

Good overview; hit the highlights in a short amount of time.

TG
Thom G.

Informative update!

KB
ken b.

good one

JH
Joseph H.

Good speaker

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