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OFCCP Issues Revised Directive
Category: Employment
Covered federal contractors have been tasked by the federal government with preventing disparities in pay for their employees based on race, gender, and ethnicity. To prevent such disparities, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) under the Department of Labor (DOL) requires…
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Solar Tax Benefits Now Directly Available to State and Local Governments and 501(c)(3) Organizations
Category: Legislative Updates, Municipal and Public Finance, Tax
On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (or IRA), which provides significant tax and other incentives for qualifying renewable energy facilities including solar generation facilities. Among these are the extension and creation of almost $280 billion in clean energy…
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National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2022 Summer Meeting Summary
Category: Insurance Regulatory
The Mitchell Williams Insurance Regulatory team of lawyers recently attended the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2022 Summer National Meeting which was held in Portland, Oregon on August 9-13th. We have prepared a summary of the open sessions conducted over the course of the…
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Federal Court Authorizes Service of John Doe Summons Seeking Cryptocurrency User Identities
Category: Tax
Back in 2005 when I was a trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice, I worked to enforce the John Doe summons on PayPal, Inc. in the federal district court in the Northern District of California, which summons sought to uncover the identities of several thousand PayPal users holding…
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Employers are Asking: Handbook Updates
Category: Employment
Arkansas’s unemployment rates are at the lowest we have seen in decades, which means employers across the state are onboarding new employees at an exciting pace. As businesses review their new-hire paperwork, many have had questions about updating their employee handbooks. From adding…
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Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Blog

Stationary Engines: August 2022 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues Enforcement Alert
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued an August 2022 Enforcement Alert (“EA”) titled: Stationary Engines Cause Excess Emissions in Communities Across the Country See Publication No. EPA 310-F-22-001. EPA typically issues these alerts to: Indicate that the agency has…
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Post-Construction Storm Water Management/Ground-Mounted Solar: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Guidance Memorandum
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (“WDNR”) issued a document titled: Post-Construction Storm Water Management for Ground-Mounted Solar (“Guidance”) See EGAD Number: 3800-2022-OX. The site design of a solar project can impact whether it will improve or negatively affect water quality…
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Arkansas Environmental Federation 55th Convention: Hot Springs, October 5th – 7th (REMINDER)
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The Arkansas Environmental Federation (“AEF”) will be holding its 55th Convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on October 5th – 7th. The Convention will be held at the Hot springs Convention Center. Keynote presentations will include: Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment Secretary Becky Keogh…
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The Clean Water Act at Fifty/Highlights and Lessons: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment (“Subcommittee”) of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure held a September 20th hearing titled: The Clean Water Act at Fifty: Highlights and Lessons Learned from a Half Century of Transformative…
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Section 404/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Vicksburg District): Miller County, Arkansas, After-the-Fact Pooling Water/Arable Crop Irrigation Pumping Application Public Noticed
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Vicksburg District) (“Corps”) issued a September 22nd Public Notice referencing a Clean Water Act Section 404 after-the-fact application for the placement of dredged and fill material in waters of the United States by Goldcrest Farms, LLC (“Goldcrest”)…
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