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Modernizing and Coordinating the Regulatory System of Biotechnology Products

On July 2, 2015, the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) of the Office of the President issued a memorandum to initiate a process to coordinate, update and modernize the federal regulatory system governing...more

EPA Gets Closer To Issuing Final Rule On Revisions To Minimum Risk Exemption For Pesticides

On June 24, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notification that the EPA Administrator has forwarded to the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Secretary of the...more

Australia Publishes Final Report on Regulatory Considerations for Nanotechnologies for Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) published on July 6, 2015, the final report entitled Nanotechnologies for pesticides and veterinary medicines: regulatory considerations. According to the...more

Biotechnology: White House Announces Effort to Modernize the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products

In a bit of a surprise announcement, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Council on Environmental Quality released...more

Biotechnology: White House Directs EPA, FDA, and USDA to Update the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

With little fanfare or advanced notice to the general public, on July 2, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Trade Representative, and the...more

California Governor Orders 25% Cut in Water Use—What It Means for Businesses

California is experiencing a drought of epic proportions. To meet this challenge, on April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 to usher in an aggressive statewide plan for reducing water...more

What the Drought Emergency Declaration Means for Your Business

By Executive Order B-29-15, signed on April 1, 2015, Governor Brown declared a state of drought emergency “to exist throughout the State of California ….” Among other things, the recitals state: WHEREAS a distinct...more

California Water Suppliers Facing Historic Mandatory Restrictions on Water Usage

Governor’s Goal: 25 Percent Statewide Water Savings - For the first time in California’s history, urban water suppliers will soon be required to comply with new mandatory restrictions aimed at achieving a statewide 25...more

Governor Brown Orders California’s First Mandatory Water Restrictions

On Wednesday April 1, 2015, in the wake of the state’s four-year drought and a winter that brought record-low snowfalls, Governor Brown issued an executive order mandating statewide water use restrictions for the first time...more

EU Passes Controversial Directive Concerning GMOs

On March 2, 2015, European Union (EU) Ministers approved a Directive previously approved by the European Parliament with regard to genetically modified organisms (GMO). ...more

Fifth District Rejects CEQA Challenge to Fresno County Aggregate Mine Project EIR In Partially Published Decision, Clarifies State...

In a lengthy, 65-page opinion filed December 8, 2014 (of which fully two-thirds was unpublished), the Fifth District Court of Appeal affirmed the Fresno County Superior Court’s judgment upholding the EIR, Conditional Use...more

EPA Draft Ruling Could Mean Significant Changes to How Stormwater Systems are Categorized

The last thing that public agency leaders want to hear is that looming changes may make operating and building new public infrastructure more challenging and expensive. Unfortunately, proposed changes by the Environmental...more

Fifth District Decides Significant CEQA Air Quality/Health Impact Analysis and Mitigation Issues In Sierra Club v. County of...

In a lengthy and scholastic published opinion filed May 27, 2014, the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed and remanded the trial court’s decision, which had upheld the EIR and other approvals (including a General Plan...more

The Answer, My Friend, Is Not Blowin’ In The Wind: Waste From CAFO Ventilation Fans Does Not Require an NPDES Permit

Earlier this year, in her aptly named post “What the Cluck?”, Patricia Finn Braddock, noted that a state court in North Carolina had held that wastes from poultry farms, blown by ventilators from confinement houses and then...more

I’ll go first. The Obama Administration Issues Executive Order on Chemical Safety in the Aftermath of the Tragedy in West, Texas

In the aftermath of the April fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 14 people, the Obama Administration has taken the first steps toward a regulatory response aimed at strengthening the oversight of chemical...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms APHIS's Deregulation of Roundup Ready Alfalfa in Center for Food Safety v. Vilsack, No. 12-15052 (9th Cir....

On May 17, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a game-changing decision regarding court challenges to APHIS deregulation determinations for genetically engineered (GE) plants and agricultural commodities -- in...more

A Victory for Water Users in Siskiyou County

Water users in Siskiyou County have avoided an additional hurdle to exercising their valid water rights, according to the Siskiyou County Superior Court. On December 24, 2012, Judge Karen L. Dixon held that the legislature...more

The Fiscal Cliff Deal’s Impact on Clean Energy - Contains key tax provisions for renewable energy but funding for USDA energy...

Capping weeks of intense negotiations between the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders to avert the fiscal cliff, the House of Representatives late on the night of Jan. 1 passed HR 8, the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2012

In This Issue: - MISS Dig Bills Pass in Michigan Senate, Stall in House - Farm Bill Still Stalled - Ag Groups Urge Action on Estate Taxes - SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Now Available in Michigan - Michigan...more

Energy And Environment Update -- December 2, 2012

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Justice;...more

Energy And Environment Update -- November 18, 2012

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Agriculture; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Personnel; International; States; and Miscellaneous. Excerpt from Energy and...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 1, 2012

In This Issue: 9th Circuit Hears Calls for Feds to Regulate Roundup Ready Crops; Green Blog: Toward a Tougher Cap and Trade Program; Cap-and-Trade Failure Aided U.S. to Cut Carbon Emissions; Environmental Groups Ask EPA...more

Energy And Environment Update -- September 30, 2012

In this issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy...more

ARB Initiates Potentially Controversial Agricultural Equipment Regulation

I. Background The California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) recently commenced development of a new regulation targeting emissions from “off-road” agricultural equipment, such as tractors and combines. The “In-Use...more

Energy And Environment Update -- July 29, 2012

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency;...more

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