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Executive Orders Expected this Week Regarding Clean Air and Water Act Rules

In addition to a January 20th Presidential Memorandum freezing all, not yet enacted, rules and sending them back to the agencies and Office of Management and Budget for reconsideration, and the utilization of the...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

TSCA Reform Implementation Update

Eight months have now passed since President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA), Pub. Law 114-182, on June 22, 2016. This historic legislation overhauled the Toxic...more

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference March 1-3, 2017, Washington D.C.

The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2017 (ABLC 2017) will be held March 1 - 3, 2017, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. ABLC is the gathering point for top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy -- bringing...more

California Energy Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been and will continue to monitor bills throughout...more

States Consider 51 Bills to Restrict Chemicals in 2017

So far in the 2017 legislative cycle, 16 state legislatures are considering 51 bills seeking to restrict or otherwise regulate chemicals, just 8 months after sweeping changes to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Scott Pruitt confirmed to lead EPA - Los Angeles Times - Feb 17 - President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a climate-change...more

Top Five Issues to Watch in Arizona Water Law

Drought on the Colorado River. Although the winter snowpack in the Rockies is off to a good start and California has seen heavy rainfall this winter, the drought in the southwest is not over. One wet season cannot overcome...more

President Trump Issues Memorandum On “Construction Of American Pipelines” -Prioritizes U.S.-Produced “Materials And Equipment”

On January 24, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed a slate of executive orders and presidential memoranda focused on pipeline and other infrastructure projects. Along with memoranda that specifically concern the...more

Thunder and Lightning: Very, Very Frightening

The title for greatest reaper of catastrophe losses in the United States does not go to the hurricane, blizzard or ice storm but to the much more common thunderstorm. Thunderstorms don’t get cute names from The Weather...more

Illinois State Senators Introduce Legislation To Boost Biobased Economy

On February 9, 2017, Illinois State Senators Andy Manar and Chapin Rose introduced legislation aimed at growing Illinois’ biobased economy by providing incentives under the Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Program...more

The Honeymoon Will Soon Be Over - D.C.’s Department of Energy and Environment to Begin Enforcing New Mold Assessment and...

By August 2017, the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) reports that it will begin to enforce recently promulgated Mold Assessment and Remediation Licensure Regulations (Regulations) for the...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - California demand for wind power energizes transmission firms - Reuters - Feb 15 - A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will...more

Wind Power Overtakes Coal in Europe

Last year, 86 % of the 24.5 GW of new generating capacity installed in the EU came from renewable energy sources, specifically from wind, solar, biomass and hydro, breaking the previous record of 79% in 2014. This new water...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Building apartments near transit brings in more money for cities and counties - Greater Greater Washington - Feb 2 - In the Washington, DC region, apartments near train...more

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Confirms Anti-Slapp Provisions Apply To “Protected Petition Activity”

On February 14, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts reviewed the application of the state’s “anti-SLAPP” law to challenges made against a blogged critique of Cardno Chemrisk, LLC (Chemrisk) and British Oetroleum (BP)...more

CDC Issues New Guidance For Use of EPA-Registered Disifectants in Environmental Control of Candida auris for U.S. Healthcare...

On February 17, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance revising its recommendation regarding controlling Candida auris (C....more

Oregon Supreme Court Confirms Oregon RCRA and Related Rules Impose Strict Liability

On February 9, the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (OEQC) and the Oregon Court of Appeals that Oil Re-Refining Company (ORRCO) was strictly liable for “simple”...more

The Latest on the DEP’s “Pile Policy”: If the Tides Rise, Do Structures Still “Exist”?

Back in September, we wrote about MassDEP’s Proposed Interpretation of Chapter 91 regulations, which attempted to provide guidance to the regulated community on the conditions under which a historic pile field can contribute...more

EPA’s Proposed “Reset” of TSCA Chemical Inventory Requires Identification of “Active” and “Inactive” Chemicals and Confirmation of...

If you manufacture or import a chemical subject to the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) Chemical Substance Inventory, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has proposed to require you to confirm each such...more

Fifth Circuit Issues Contentious Dissent Over Designation of Louisiana Land

On June 13, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, held that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) had properly included approximately 1,500 acres in Louisiana as designated critical...more

EPA Has a Nondiscretionary Duty to Review West Virginia’s Failure to Submit TMDLs

Acting in response to state legislation, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection ceased work on promulgation of total maximum daily loads related to ionic toxicity. Ionic toxicity is a consequence of...more

European Parliament Adopts Draft Reform of Carbon Market Post-2020

On February 15, 2017, the European Parliament (EP) made a significant step toward reforming the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) post-2020, adopting a draft proposal that seeks middle ground with a tight vote of 379 for/263...more

NC Legislative Update: February 2017 #2

This Week - Following a lawsuit by Gov. Roy Cooper (D), a law passed in one of last year’s December special sessions creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement (BSBEEE) was put on hold. The...more

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