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Tax Reporting for Grantor Trusts
Category: Tax
Typically, a trust must file a separate income tax return for each calendar year. However, for most grantor trusts, filing a separate tax return is optional. The general rule and the alternative methods of reporting are described below. When a trust is a “grantor trust” for income tax purposes…
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Investigating Employee Harassment Claims in the Workplace
Category: Employment
In the wake of the #MeToo Movement and as again recently seen in media headlines, sexual harassment continues to be a prevalent problem in today’s culture, and no employer is immune from the duty to prevent and resolve harassment claims in the workplace. These claims include not only sexual…
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Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells/Infrastructure Law: U.S. Department of Interior Issues Final Guidance for State Funding Applications
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The United States Department of Interior (“DOI”) released on April 12th guidance (“Guidance”) to the states for application of the first $775 million in initial grant funding for plugging orphaned oil and gas wells. The funding is provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (“BIL”). The BIL…
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Available/Emerging Technologies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Combustion Turbine Electric Generating Units: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency White Paper
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued on April 21st what it describes as a “technical white paper” titled: Available and Emerging Technologies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Combustion Turbine Electric Generating Units (“White Paper”) The White Paper was…
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Meadow Jumping Mouse/Endangered Species Act: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Challenge to Critical Habitat Designation
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit (“10th Circuit”) addressed in an April 15th Opinion a challenge to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“Service”) designation of Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) critical habitat for the endangered New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse…
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Title V/Clean Air Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Addresses Petition Objecting to Lake County, Indiana, Refinery Permit
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator issued a March 4th Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part a Petition for Objection to Permit (“Order”) for a BP products North America, Inc. (“BP”) refinery. The Title V Petition objected to the Indiana Department of…
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Expired NPDES Permits/Clean Water Act: Maryland Legislature Approves Legislation Addressing Backlogs/Inspections
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The Maryland Legislature passed House Bill 649 (“HB 649”) addressing Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) permits. Key Clean Water Act components of HB 649 include: Establishing inspection and reporting requirements for certain NPDES permittees Requiring the…
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Citizen Suit Enforcement/Clean Water Act: Environmental Organizations Notice of Intent to Sue Related to Expansion of Mine Site
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
Several environmental organizations sent the following document to Rosemont Copper Company (“Rosemont”) on April 14th: 60-Day Notice of Intent to Bring Citizen Suit for Rosemont Copper Company’s Violations of the Clean Water Act at the Copper World Expansion Mine (“NOI”) The NOI was transmitted…
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Federal Commercial/Multi-Family High-Residential Buildings: U.S. Department of Energy Final Rule Addressing Baseline Energy Efficiency Standards
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The United States Department of Energy (“DOE”) published a final rule updating the baseline federal energy efficiency performance standards for the construction of new federal commercial and multi-family high-residential buildings. See 87 Fed. Reg. 20267. DOE states it is publishing the final rule…
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Residential/Mixed-Use Solar Energy Systems: Virginia Enacts Property Tax Exemption
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The Virginia Legislature passed and the Governor signed S686 which provides a property tax exemption for residential and mixed-use solar energy systems up to 25 kilowatts in size. S686 creates a separate class of property for local taxation for any Virginia solar facility with a nameplate rated…
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