Snell & Wilmer

by Patrick Paul

On April 10, 2024, President Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently finalized a significant rule addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, marking the first time that legally enforceable drinking water standard to protect communities from exposure to PFAS have been issued. Concurrent with the final rule, EPA published

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) filed suit against a company alleging that it was violating an Administrative Consent Order (“ACO”). What made the lawsuit unusual was that ADEQ also sued 3 individual officers of the company, alleging that because the company was small, the individual Officers and Board members were each “operators” and

by Patrick Paul, Shawane Lee, and John Habib

 In a move that could have significant implications for Arizona’s environmental policy and economy, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Republican leaders of the Arizona legislature have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its new PM-2.5 standard. The petition for review

The D.C. Circuit is set to decide whether a work generated “autonomously” by an artificial intelligence (“AI”) computer system was properly denied copyright registration by the United States Copyright Office. The work at issue, titled “A Recent Entrance to Paradise,” was produced by an AI system called “Creativity Machine.”  The AI system’s creator, Stephen Thaler,

In the wake of recent developments, we are pleased to provide insights into Pension-Linked Employee Savings Accounts (PLESAs) under the Secure 2.0 Act.  PLESAs are short-term savings accounts that are established and maintained within a defined contribution plan.  The legislative intent of a PLESA is to allow low- and middle-income employees to use payroll deductions

by  Patrick Paul; Shawane Lee; John Habib

On March 6, 2024, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final climate disclosure rules sparking a range of reactions within the business and environmental communities. These changes represent a significant shift in the regulatory landscape for public companies, particularly regarding the reporting of climate-related

On February 29, 2024, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a significant delay in the implementation of its proposed carbon rule for existing natural gas power plants. This decision has drawn criticism from both environmental and industry groups, highlighting the complex interplay of environmental justice, political considerations, and regulatory challenges.  EPA first proposed the

In a significant move designed to enhance public health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the sale of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used in grease-proofing food packaging has ceased in the United States. (USFDA Announcement) This decision targets the major source of dietary exposure to PFAS, which are found in