Author Archives: James Pray

About James Pray

Attorney with BrownWinick Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa.

Gulf Restoration Network v. Jackson – EPA must decide if it can impose numeric nutrient criteria for the Mississippi and Gulf

NOTE: This case has been appealed as of November 18, 2013 by the EPA.  The recent district court decision of Gulf Restoration Network v. Jackson is another win for environmental groups seeking to impose regulations through judges instead of through … Continue reading

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New Blog Site

Welcome to the new blog site. If you followed me to the new site, then thank you for keeping track. If you are new to my blog site, then welcome.

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Iowa District Court reverses the Iowa Utilities Board and eases the use of solar power in Iowa

Update:  On December 4, 2013, the Iowa Supreme Court  set oral arguments in this case for Wednesday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. According to the Iowa Supreme Court’s order signed by Chief Justice Mark S. Cady, each side will have … Continue reading

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Get a Phase I before you buy that commercial real estate

I am still amazed that many commercial developers and their attorneys do not understand that the federal law regarding superfund liability has undergone drastic changes. When looking at buying commercial development property I frequently hear them say that they would … Continue reading

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American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Fiscal Cliff Bill) Extends Wind, Cellulosic Ethanol, E15, and Ethanol Equipment tax credits

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, probably better described as the Fiscal Cliff Bill, extended several tax credit programs popular in Iowa and important to the continued development of alternative energy. Without congressional action, those tax credits would have expired … Continue reading

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Final 2012 CERCLA Update

Two recent developments will likely change the face of CERCLA liability as the year draws to a close. First, the EPA issued its new bona fide prospective purchaser (“BFPP”) guidance for tenants on December 5, 2012. The BFPP definition in … Continue reading

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RPM Access, LLC sells an equity stake in its Rippey Wind Farm to Google

RPM Access, LLC announced on November 15, 2012 that it will receive a $75 million equity investment in their Rippey Wind Farm from Google Inc. BrownWinick law firm attorneys, James Pray, Bradley Kruse and Philip Stoffregen represented RPM Access, LLC … Continue reading

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Speculation over what environmental initiatives the Obama Administration may propose during the next thirty days

With the election over, speculation is rising as to whether the Administration will use the lame duck session and the fractious fiscal cliff negotiations to seize the opportunity to rush through a number of environmental changes. Current speculation includes: 1. … Continue reading

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North Carolina to pass law outlawing the use of exponential math when making climate change calculations

The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill outlawing the use of exponential math calculations when calculating climate change impacts on sea level changes. Instead, scientists are required to use linear math. This legislative mandate ignores any advances in mathematics … Continue reading

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EPA denies it is using drones to spy on Midwestern Farmers

Somehow a story broke today that the EPA is using drones to monitor Midwestern cattle farmers. It seems that Congressman Latham sent a letter to the EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson stating that “If these reports are accurate, EPA has conducted … Continue reading

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