Charles L. Franklin

Charles L. Franklin

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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EPA IG's Concerns About Oversight of Hospital Disinfectants Reinforces Need for Robust Infection Control Programs

On September 19, 2016, the Inspector General (IG) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the latest in a long line of reports identifying flaws in EPA’s process for ensuring the efficacy of hospital-grade,...more

9/23/2016 - Chemicals EPA FDA GAO Healthcare Facilities Hospitals Infectious Diseases Inspector General Public Health Public Safety

President Obama Signs the Toxic Substances Control Act Modernization Act

Since its passage in 1976, TSCA has been widely criticized—by industry and environmental groups alike—for its perceived inefficacy. When first passed, TSCA aimed to fill an important gap in the nation’s environmental laws,...more

6/23/2016 - Corporate Counsel EPA New Regulations Preemption Risk-Based Approaches Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) TSCA Modernization Act Young Lawyers

Group of WTO Members Launches Negotiations to Liberalize Trade in Environmental Goods

This week marks the beginning of negotiations by a group of 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries toward a new multilateral agreement to liberalize trade in “environmental goods,” a yet-to-be-defined term with...more

7/14/2014 - Exports Imports Trade Policy

EPA Proposal Sets Ambitious Carbon Reduction Goals for Power Sector; Creates Challenges and Opportunities for Industry

On June 2, 2014, the Obama Administration unveiled an ambitious administrative proposal that would require states to regulate carbon dioxide (“CO2”) emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants, reducing emissions from...more

6/5/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Climate Action Plan Energy Policy Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Obama Administration Power Plants Renewable Energy RGGI

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