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Despite drought in the western United States, currently there are no declared water shortages on the Colorado River. But changing hydrologic conditions have resulted in lower natural flows of water on the Colorado, and that means the era of water shortages is around the corner, perhaps as early as 2017. With predicted declines of water inflow in Lake Mead and anticipated growth in demand for Colorado River water, infrastructure investments have a critical role to play in meeting future water demands.
The US Supreme Court’s decision in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation surprised some observers by sustaining the validity of the Air Transport Rule proposed by EPA as a substitute for the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) rejected in North Carolina v. EPA.
On July 15, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, reversing a lower court decision, unanimously held that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the president had violated constitutional due process guarantees in ordering Chinese-owned Ralls Corporation to unwind a purchase of US wind farm properties on the basis of undisclosed national security concerns. The grounds of the court’s reversal were narrow; however, the decision represents a sharp rebuke to the often opaque process used to conduct national security review of foreign investment in the U.S.
Summary of the three articles that appear in the quarterly’s Fall 2014 issue: Drought in the Lower Colorado—Infrastructure; Supreme Court Upholds Interstate Pollution Check; Small Victories: Due Process for Foreign Investors.
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