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Monthly Archives: March 2013

EPA’s Tier 3 Vehicle Emission Reduction Proposed Rule: Good, Bad, …

Posted in Regulatory Process

Last week’s major administrative law milestones are not over, but this post is a little different:  plaudits and pans for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory process.  EPA released its pre-publication, long awaited, much debated, and massive Control of Air Pollution From Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards proposed rule on… Continue Reading

More Alien Worker Wage Rules Vacated under APA: What H-2B Rules Apply?

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

While much attention in the immigration arena has focused on a new employment verification document, the potentially rapid filling of the professional employees (H-1B) temporary visa quota, and the apparent conflict over determining wage rates for foreign workers that may be stalling Senate negotiators, wage methodology for the unskilled workers temporary visa category (H-2B) is… Continue Reading

Letters to a Senator: 8th Cir. says EPA violated APA Requirements

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Occasionally, an opinion begs to be quoted, and so no further introduction is needed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit’s March 25, 2013, opinion in Iowa League of Cities v. EPA: The Iowa League of Cities (“League”) seeks direct appellate review of two letters sent by the Environmental Protection Agency… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/25/13

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The interplay of regulations and litigation came to the fore in a very busy last week, not just in the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS)’s recent Decker logging road culverts pollution permit decision and the for-profit colleges litigation, but five other matters: The Department of Justice (DOJ) called it quits in defending the Department of… Continue Reading

Administration’s Failing Grades 3: Educational Race to the Bottom?

Posted in Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

The Department of Education (ED) took one step last week in its attempt to better regulate the “for profit” colleges, universities, and other schools:  ED published a revision of a preamble to rules that the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded because the prior explanation was inadequate.  Amending a… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Reverses 9th Circuit on Logging Road Culverts – New Rule Irrelevant

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) today vacated the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, holding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s original interpretation of its original regulations warranted Auer deference, that a new EPA rule on the subject did not moot… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/18/13

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies

The regulatory process thawed last week in the Executive and Judicial Branches.  Among the highlights, the simmering Recess Appointments Clause issue facing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will head to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) while many enforcement cases are being held in abeyance and uncertainty surrounds many rules.  The United States Court… Continue Reading

APA Circuit Split – Notice and Comment Good Cause Bypass in SORNA Retroactivity Regulations

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, on remand from the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in United States v. Reynolds, summarized and joined the complex circuit split on three Administrative Procedure Act (APA) questions applied to the retroactivity of the Sex Offender and Registration Notification Act’s (SORNA) registration requirements.  The first… Continue Reading