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Navigating Environmental Enforcement in the Biden Administration

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While the texts of environmental laws do not change without an act of Congress, executive branch agencies that enforce those laws have a great deal of discretion in what kinds of violations to prioritize for investigation and enforcement and how aggressive to be in applying them to new or ambiguous fact patterns. Because the consequences of contesting a government enforcement case can be so onerous – financially, operationally, reputationally and otherwise – how the agencies exercise this enforcement discretion can often determine, for all practical purposes, how laws actually direct business conduct.

Please join V&E Environmental & Natural Resources lawyers as they discuss key issues to watch in 2021 and beyond. Discussion topics will include:

  • Overview of environmental enforcement priorities, including the relationship between DOJ/EPA and how priorities are set at each
  • Update on EPA’s most recent enforcement results
  • Process and timeline for changing federal environmental enforcement priorities and predicted changes

Vinson & Elkins LLP is an accredited sponsor, approved by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.00 credit hours. Vinson & Elkins has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York for the current period. This Transitional and Non-Transitional continuing legal education program has been approved in accordance with the Continuing Legal Education Board of the State of New York for a maximum of 1.00 credit hours, in the area of Professional Practice. Vinson & Elkins LLP is a Multiple Activity Provider for The State Bar of California. This activity is approved for 1.00 general hours. Vinson & Elkins is registered with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy as a CPE sponsor. This registration does not constitute an endorsement by the board as to the quality of our CPE program. This course is eligible for 1.00 CPE credit hours, of which 1.00 hours can be applied to the area of Other. No prerequisites required.

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12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CT; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | Webcast

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This information is provided by Vinson & Elkins LLP for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal advice.