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A Legal and Commercial Checklist for Bankable Solar EPC Contracts: A Developer’s Guide

Large-scale solar development is big business, and solar EPC Contracts are big business by association. In Q2 2017, the U.S. solar market installed 2,387 MWdc, an 8% increase year-over-year, and the largest second quarter...more

Superfund Reform May Be a Slow Go

As we previously reported, the current administration set out to make Superfund reform a priority. Shortly after taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt convened a task force to provide recommendations for...more

Is Your Company Ready for the New Prop 65?

by Polsinelli on

One year from now, companies that do business in California will have to comply with new warning regulations under the state’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (“Proposition 65”)....more

Beware: Marijuana Businesses Targeted With Product Labeling Violation Letters

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Marijuana businesses must properly label their products if they contain chemicals that can cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive health problems. Failure to do so will result in a civil...more

EPA to Reconsider Final Determination on Mid-term Evaluation of GHG Emission Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles

by Hogan Lovells on

EPA and NHTSA are currently conducting a Mid-term Evaluation as part of the 2012 GHG emission standards established for MY 2017-2025 passenger cars and trucks. Pursuant to the 2012 rulemaking, EPA committed to conduct a...more

New Executive Order on Infrastructure Ups the Ante on Streamlining the Environmental Review and Permitting Process

by Clark Hill PLC on

Since its earliest days, the Trump Administration has focused on eliminating delays in infrastructure projects, portraying environmental reviews and permitting as major choke points requiring change. On January 24, 2017, the...more

Combating climate change: NYDFS calls on insurance industry to help

by Hogan Lovells on

On 26 July 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (the “NYDFS”) issued Circular Letter No. 9 (2017) (the “Circular Letter”) and a corresponding press release, directed at all life, property/casualty, and health...more

You Can’t Do That! DC Circuit Vacates EPA’s HFCs Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Businesses and industries that had been impacted by the EPA’s HFCs rule may wish to monitor EPA’s response to this opinion carefully....more

EPA Issues Recommendations to Streamline Superfund Cleanup Process and Promote Site Reuse

by White & Case LLP on

On July 25, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") Superfund Task Force (the "Task Force") released a report that aims to improve the federal Superfund contaminated site cleanup program. The policies...more

Two Recent Cases Spotlight Ability of Third Parties to Access Facility Information

by Williams Mullen on

Facility owners and operators and property developers need to meet environmental permit or performance criteria, but they also face significant compliance and logistical challenges in just managing and reporting information...more

Chemical Safety Rule Delay Challenged in D.C. Circuit

by Burr & Forman on

Attorneys General for eleven states filed a challenge in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia seeking to vacate a recently announced 2-year delay in implementation of chemical safety rules. ...more

TSCA Implementation Update: EPA Finalizes Framework Rules and Announces Scope For First Risk Evaluations

TSCA Framework Rules Promulgated - As we outlined last year, the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) was recently updated to provide EPA with much broader authority to regulate “existing” chemical substances (i.e., those...more

Court Overturns Much of EPA’s 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Rule

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 7, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dealt EPA another blow to its over-zealous attempts to regulate as hazardous waste the hazardous secondary materials (HSM) that are...more

CEQA Review of Cannabis Regulations - Comment Period Opens on Draft Program Environmental Impact Report of MCRSA and AUMA

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Department of Food and Agriculture recently released its CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Draft Program Environmental Impact Report. The intent of the PEIR is to conduct environmental review of the regulations...more

Limited Time Remaining To Help Shape Maryland's Nutrient Trading Program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

There are only a few weeks left for the public to comment on the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) recently issued draft regulations establishing Maryland’s Water Quality Nutrient and Sediment Trading and Offset...more

Beware Environmental Regulations Lurking in Local Codes – Such as the Wellhead Protection Program

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Most companies know that the environmental impacts of their operations are regulated by the federal government (primarily the US Environmental Protection Agency) and various state governments (in Oregon, primarily the Oregon...more

Superfund Changes Afoot

Since taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has made it clear that he intends to focus on—and overhaul—the Superfund program. Calling the program “at the center of the Agency’s core mission”, Pruitt has put in place...more

Safety, Health and Environment Matters - Spring 2017

by DLA Piper on

Shortly before this edition of SHE Matters went to press, the latest developments occurred in the long-running litigation between Client Earth and Government over air quality in the UK, excessive ambient levels of nitrogen...more

Tenth Circuit Finds CERCLA Contribution Claim Not Barred by Bankruptcy Approval of a Settlement Estimating Liability for the Site

Asarco LLC v. Noranda Mining, Inc., 844 F.3d 1201 (10th Cir. 2017). In a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) contribution action, the Tenth Circuit ruled that a mining company, whose...more

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Public Trust Doctrine: What Can We Expect?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The public trust doctrine is the principle that certain natural and cultural assets are preserved for public use and that it is the government’s obligation to protect and regulate these, both now and for future generations....more

Clock is Ticking on TSCA Inventory Reset - EPA to issue final rule in coming weeks that imposes sweeping new notification...

The 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA or the Act), modified Section 8(b) of the statute to require the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate each chemical substance on the...more

District Court Confirms Arbitral Award Against Venezuela In Dispute Over Gold Deposits Contract

by Carlton Fields on

A federal district court in Washington, D.C. recently confirmed a $1.2 billion arbitral award in favor of Crystallex International Corp. against Venezuela after the country’s Ministry of Environment denied a necessary permit...more

Local Government in the Crosshairs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While Washington’s promise of a trillion dollar infrastructure program is providing a distraction, a closer examination reveals localities and local infrastructure are under attack across the board. The assault on local...more

As Newcomers to the Industrial Storm Water Permit, Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries Have Options to Comply

The statewide Industrial Storm Water permit (Industrial Permit) provides federal Clean Water Act permit coverage for a host of different industries, including wineries, breweries, and distilleries (alcoholic beverage...more

Be Prepared for California’s Environmental Rules: Regulated Cannabis Brings Forth New Water Use Guidelines

Some estimates indicate that up to 70% of marijuana used in the United States comes from California. With the recent passage of Proposition 64, California cannabis production is likely to increase, and the state’s...more

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