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DOE Announced Biomass Technical Advisory Meeting

On March 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published a notice in the Federal Register regarding an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Microsoft tests deep-sea data centers for energy-efficient cooling, security - Construction Dive - Mar 1 - Microsoft researchers have developed undersea data centers that...more

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

On February 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is accepting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. The Program provides...more

USDA Extends Comment Period On Biobased Product Categories For Federal Procurement

On February 21, 2017, USDA announced in the Federal Register that the comment period for the Designation of Product Categories for Federal Procurement proposed rule had been extended. The proposed rule aims to amend the...more

Supreme Court Special Master Recommends Denial of Florida Water Rights Complaint Against Georgia

Florida and Georgia have been fighting for decades about flows in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River Basin (ACF Basin) that provide drinking water for the City of Atlanta, as well as water for agriculture in...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - February 2017

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. California judge finds Roundup to be a possible cause of cancer. On January...more

House Agriculture Committee Passes Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017

On February 14, 2017, in the House of Representatives, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced H.R. 1029, the “Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017,” which reauthorizes the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA)....more

Marketing Genetically Engineered Crops Just Got Easier: CRISPR Deletion Mutant Crops May Face Reduced Regulatory Hurdles

From the earliest days of recombinant DNA technology, there has been worry in the policy community and among the public about the release and consumption of genetically engineered (GE) crops, especially crops for human...more

USDA Releases Report On Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Balance Of Ethanol

On January 12, 2017, USDA released a report on the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) balance of corn ethanol, titled “A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol.” The study reviewed industry and...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2017

Newly-elected lawmakers in both houses got the news about where they will spend most of their days this session when committee assignments were handed out. Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, gave House members...more

OEHHA Adopts Revised Temporary Regulations for BPA Warnings in Food & Beverage Packaging

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently adopted revised regulations providing safe harbor warnings for food and beverage product packaging containing BPA. These new regulations, which take effect...more

EPA Publishes Revised Pesticide Application General Permit

EPA has promulgated a final rule revising the Pesticide General Permit (the “2016 PGP”). The 2016 PGP is applicable only in four states (Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico) and at federal facilities, but the...more

The Ninth Circuit Kills GMO Pesticide Regulations in Hawaii Counties

On November 18, 2016, the Ninth Circuit issued five rulings rejecting three Hawaii counties’ attempts to regulate pesticides and genetically modified crops, finding that the regulations were preempted by state and federal...more

PMRA Proposes to Phase Out Uses of Neonic Pesticide in Canada

On November 23, 2016, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) issued a press release on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, along with a Proposed Re-evaluation Decision of the neonicotinoid pesticide, imidacloprid, and...more

EPA's New Enforcement Initiative Stumbles Out of the Gate

As a result of the D.C. Court of Appeals' (COA) ruling on September 26, 2016 invalidating a Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Memorandum, one of the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

US Environmental Protection Agency Opens Criminal Investigation into Herbicide Spraying

According to articles in Missouri newspapers and other news outlets, federal agents recently executed search warrants in several counties in Missouri to probe possible criminal violations of the Federal Insecticide,...more

USDA Looks Back On Growth Of Bio-Based Economy And Renewable Energy

On October 4, 2016, Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development, posted a blog item “The Bio-Based Economy and Renewable Energy: USDA’s Record of Success,” reviewing the history...more

Court Dismisses Public Nuisance Claims Against Monsanto for Manufacture of PCBs

Last week, a federal court dismissed claims brought by three California cities against Monsanto that were aimed at forcing Monsanto to pay for polychlorinated biphenyl (“PCB”) contamination in San Francisco Bay. The...more

Three Things You Need to Know About California’s New Surface Water Diversion Reporting Requirements

On August 22, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) held an informational meeting to answer questions and get the public up to speed on California’s new surface water diversion reporting requirements....more

Supreme Court’s Environmental and Administrative Law Decisions in 2015-2016 Term

This Advisory briefly reports on some of the significant U.S. Supreme Court actions from January through June 2016 related to environmental and administrative law. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

New Legislation in North Carolina Impacts the Agribusiness Industry

In the recently ended session in the General Assembly, Senate Bill 770 was enacted. This bill is entitled “An Act To Provide Further Regulatory Relief To The Agricultural Community.”...more

What You Need to Know about the Proposed Revisions to Cap and Trade

Late Tuesday, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) released draft amendments to the state’s cap and trade regulation, including revisions to the current program in place through 2020, an extension of the program through...more

China Releases Ambitious Plan to Address Soil Pollution

On 28 May, the State Council, China’s highest administrative body, released the Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Soil Pollution (currently available only in Chinese) to address one of the nation’s most difficult and...more

NC Legislative Update - July 2016

Last Week - Following a fast paced week, the legislature adjourned the 2015-16 Session sine die on Friday, July 1st, just before midnight. After convening on April 25th, lawmakers completed the short session in just 68...more

Environmental Interest Groups Challenge Registrations of Neonicotinoid Products in Federal Court

On July 6, 2016, the David Suzuki Foundation, along with Friends of the Earth Canada, Ontario Nature, and Wilderness Committee, brought two judicial review applications against the Minister of Health and registrants of the...more

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