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Thoughts on the death of DECC

Over the course of 13 and 14 July 2016, UK’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, appointed the Secretaries of State who will lead the various Departments of Government. By the end of the process, which was precipitated by the...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

Limits on E-Waste Exports being considered by Congress

The Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (H.R.5579) was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 24, 2016. It aims to control the export of electronic waste to prevent such waste from becoming counterfeit goods...more

Inflation Matters: EPA Civil Penalty Authority Receives a Dramatic Boost

A little-publicized section of the federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 has led to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgating new interim regulations that increase by unprecedented amounts the civil...more

Democrats reach compromise on hydraulic fracturing as EPA continues its working on regulating methane

In the US, there is growing divide on how to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. This debate is impacting Democratic presidential politics and could affect future regulatory efforts at the federal, state and...more

Legislation Breathes New Life into the 40–Year Old TSCA Statute

This is Part I of a two-part series looking at the recent changes to the TSCA legislation. This article will explore the changes introduced by the Act. A follow-up article will explore the EPA’s recently released plan for...more

Bipartisan ESA Bill Proposes Funding for State Programs

In a year that has already seen its fair share of attempts to reform the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), another proposal has made its way into the House of Representatives. Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska) and Debbie...more

Governor Baker Approves First Major Overhaul of Massachusetts’ Public Records Law

Massachusetts has its first significant update of its Public Records Law since the 1970s with promises of swifter responses and real consequences including attorney’s fees for failures to comply. In August 2015, we...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

A Bi-Partisan Agreement to Expand EPA Authority to Regulate Toxic Substances

Rarely do both sides of the legislative aisle in Washington join in overwhelming approval to expand the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"). Recently, the House of Representatives and Senate did just...more

Carbon Matters - Spring / Summer 2016

Robust international and national action on climate change looks increasingly likely following the high-profile Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nations in New York in April. In New York 175 governments...more

Advancing Chemical Safety – Maybe the Art of Compromise Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

President Obama signed a major reform of the Nation’s chemical safety standards on Wednesday, June 22. The legislation amended the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, providing the first substantive changes in the 40-year old...more

Brexit State Aid Implications

State aid control is unusual internationally. State aid is entirely a matter of EU law and is administered by the EU. Unlike other areas of competition law, such as antitrust and merger control, there are no national rules or...more

FCPA compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 264-John Champion on the 50th Anniversary of Star Trke [Video]

In this episode I visit with John Champion, co-star of MissionLogPodcast.com on the 50th anniversary of the premier of Star Trek. ...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation: TSCA Transformed! Reformed at Last! (7/16)

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (“Pub. L. No. 114-182”) into law, asserting “[i]f we can get this bill done, it means that somewhere out...more

Brexit: What are the likely effects of the Referendum decision on planning?

What are the likely effects of the Referendum decision on planning? The real answer is that nobody knows but planning partner Stephen Ashworth gives his views...more

IN Detail [In the Know]

IN numbers - 82 billion The expected amount, in U.S. dollars, generated for the U.S. economy by the first operational rules for routine use of small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, known as Part 107. (Source:...more

New RES regulations

For a few last months we have been observing in Poland a significant change in the approach to supporting the production of energy from renewable sources (“RES”). According to the current Polish authorities, only those...more

News from Second and State

Budget, budget, budget. While the budget debate was at the forefront of activity this week, there were a number of other developments on the legislative front. Here’s a rundown of some noteworthy non-budget happenings this...more

President signs bipartisan law revamping Toxic Substances Control Act

President Barack Obama has signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (available here) - the first significant set of amendments to the core regulatory program under Title I of the Toxic...more

PROMESA—Energy in Puerto Rico amidst the Debt Crisis

Renewable energy industry participants are hungrily eyeing the tiny U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico, trying to determine whether the island’s debt crisis-driven troubles – which recently put a halt on development activities...more

TSCA Reform: EPA Publishes First Year Implementation Plan

On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted an Implementation Plan that outlines EPA's plans for early activities and actions under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,...more

The Paris Agreement: What it means for business

The Paris Agreement on climate change is unprecedented in its scope, will define the global economy of the 21st century, and has immediate impact on businesses around the world. 196 countries have agreed to hold the...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: June 2016 #2

LACMTA Approves Tax Ballot Measure to Fund $120 Billion Transit Plan - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACTMA) on June 24, 2016, approved a sales tax ballot measure to help fund $120 billion...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #4

Last Week - It appears that House and Senate leadership will keep their word on adjourning before the 4th of July, with leadership of the two chambers apparently agreeing to a budget over the weekend. The Senate worked...more

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