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Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2014

In This Issue: - Putin Up With Russia - Downturn in Chinese Economy May Be Triggering An Export Surge - EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And...more

More Changes to Prop. 65 in 2014?

Though his broader range of reforms did not make it out of the Legislature last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown is attempting to effect some reform of Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) through administrative action. The Office of...more

More GMO Labeling Ballot Initiatives Coming in November; Federal Labeling Initiatives in Congress

Despite losses in California and Washington, groups in favor of labeling food containing or consisting of genetically modified organisms (“GMO”) continue legislative efforts at the state and national level. Oregon and...more

Two Senate Bills Propose National Renewable Portfolio Standard

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) sponsored legislation on October 29, 2013, that would institute a nationwide renewable portfolio standard for the country’s investor-owned utilities. The proposal, called the Renewable Electricity...more

Controversial Assembly Bill 327 Jeopardizes Renewable Energy Investments: New Law Amends Net-Energy Metering Laws

Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 327 (AB 327), the hotly debated net-energy metering (NEM) law that generated customer protests at utility headquarters throughout the state. Schools,...more

Legislative Update Report - No. 2013-18 Sept 27, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Recent Federal and International Developments Good for California Cap and Trade

Plans announced by the White House yesterday (June 25) show a credible pathway to meet targets pledged by the President pursuant to the Copenhagen Accord (reduction of greenhouse gas emissions 17% below 2005 levels by 2020)....more

California Legislation Introduced to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

It is often said–and accurately so–that what begins in California frequently spreads to other states, whether cuisine, fashion or legal trends. But to understand how the seeds of legal change are germinated even before...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy News - November 2012

In This Issue: - Proposal 3 Rejected by Voters - Patriot Solar Development Efforts Shine - Reducing Total Lifetime System Costs for Solar Panels - Sierra Club Ready to Sue on Alleged Air Quality Violations -...more

California Voters Approve Tax Methodology Change to Benefit Energy Projects

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, California voters approved Proposition 39-THE CALIFORNIA CLEAN ENERGY JOBS ACT. Proposition 39 changes the way taxes are assessed for companies with multistate operations. This change is...more

Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods Fails in California

Yesterday, California voters rejected Proposition 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act by 53 percent to 47 percent. The voter initiative would have required labeling of most foods with genetically...more

Do I Detect a Pattern? Congressional Inaction on TSCA Leads to Scattershot State Regulation

Yogi Berra is credited with the phrase “déjà vu all over again.” Today’s environmental law manifestation of Yogi’s phenomenon stems from the current gridlock in Congress. A story last week in the Daily Environment Report...more

Environmental Crime Risks

Chief compliance officers have enough on their plate without having to worry about another risk. The Obama Administration came into power promising to increase enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. On the civil...more

Electric Vehicles & Competition Law

Assessments of electriv vehivles (EVs) in new European competition law framework (excerpt from a book by Professor Bellis)...more

Obtaining Stimulus Funds Comes With "Green" Strings Attached

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The Act is an extraordinary response to the slowdown plaguing the United States economy. Among the ARRA's goals are...more

A Brief Overview Of The Recent Amendments To CEQA GUIDELINES

On December 29, 2009, the California Natural Resources Agency ("Resources Agency") adopted amendments to the guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"). The amendments were filed with the...more

California Unveils Preliminary Draft Regulation For A Cap-And-Trade Program As One Of The Main Strategies To Reduce Greenhouse Gas...

On November 24, 2009, the California Air Resources Board unveiled its proposed draft regulation for a greenhouse gas ("GHG") cap-and-trade program in its effort to put California on the path to achieve the mandate imposed by...more

Transfer of Development Rights Help On the Way

For many years, localities were without authority to adopt a TDR ordinance. The Attorney General made clear that while a TDR program might be constitutional, a statute would have to be adopted to authorize a locality to adopt...more

Want to Sell to Federal Agencies? New Executive Order May Provide New Opportunities for Manufacturers & Suppliers

We suggest you read President Obama’s recently issued Executive Order prioritizing the federal government’s role in leading the country toward sustainability. Executive Order 13154, titled “Federal Leadership in...more

California Governor Signs S.B. 827 into Law; South Coast Air Quality Management District Now Permitted to Continue Emissions...

In 2008, a superior court judge placed a moratorium on certain aspects of the emissions trading program administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District ("District"), instructing the District to complete an...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 23, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *U.S. House of Representatives Expected to Vote on Climate Bill Soon *Renewable Energy Focus ..Renewable Power Costs on the Rise in California *Officials Vow Support for Renewable Energy in West *Iowa...more

Cap-and-Trade Bill in Congress Quickly Gaining Momentum

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce is marking up “The American Clean Energy and Security Act” (H.R. 2454), introduced by Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA). The...more

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