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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

Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Chemical Safety Board: Roundup of Current CSB Investigations

At least six incidents are currently under investigation by CSB. A fire in August at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, CA involved the release of a flammable vapor....more

Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Chemical Safety Board: CSB’s Moure-Eraso: Combustible Dust Standard Needed

Expressing frustration with the lack of action to control combustible dust hazards, CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso urged the International Code Council (ICC) to adopt a Board recommendation that would strengthen adherence to...more

Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Enforcement: Refineries Hit With Big Penalties After Incidents

A one-two punch by government regulators has resulted in fines totaling more than a half million dollars against Sinclair Wyoming Refinery Co.’s refinery. Federal and state OSHA authorities slapped the company with $215,000...more

City of Los Angeles Moves Forward With Farmers Field, Challenges Loom

What does pro football in the City of Los Angeles have to do with affordable housing? According to a coalition of community activists, the decision to build a stadium in downtown LA for an NFL franchise “would create a...more

Agency Efforts to Circumvent Rulemaking Requirements Proliferating

Over the years, many federal agencies have issued guidance or policy documents that critics charge should properly be classified as rules. Compared to the more demanding procedures involved in rulemaking, less formal...more

OSHA Modifies Hazard Communication Standard

This past spring, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) modified its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of...more

“It’s A Poor Dog That Is Not Worth The Whistling.”

I expect that a decade ago, whistleblower issues were considered primarily to be the province of employment law attorneys. Then there was Sherron Watkins, Enron and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Suddenly, issues involving...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - July 2012: Industry groups voice concern over OSHA’s change to HazCom standard by Heidi Slinkard Brasher

Several industry groups – including the American Petroleum Institute, CropLife America, American Tort Reform Association, National Oilseed Processors Association, and American Chemistry Counsel – have petitioned a federal...more

The Canadian Oil Sands - A Backgrounder: Challenges

Oil sands projects and developers are exposed to various risks and challenges, including: • Cost Overruns and Delays. Many oil sands projects have encountered cost overruns and delays. Historically, some fully...more

The Canadian Oil Sands - A Backgrounder: Current Issues in the Oil Sands

Underutilized U.S. Refining Capacity and Transportation - Figures released by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicate that utilization rates at major U.S. crude processing plants are low – the...more

Under the Dome: 2012 Summary of New Maine Laws

We are pleased to share our summary of new laws enacted by the State of Maine 125th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session. When the Legislature completes its business, we will update the 2012 Summary of New Maine Laws report...more

Global Automotive Newsletter - February 2012

In This Issue: - Economic Development Incentives: Automotive Industry Expansions/Consolidations - Whether considering an expansion or consolidation of an automotive business, the company should always consider economic...more

Week of January 23, 2012 on ILN Today - Roundup!

It's time for another roundup here on a rainy Friday morning in New Jersey! Once again we're seeing some excellent content coming out of our member firms from around the world - I highly recommend checking out these...more

California, Colorado and Arizona Lead the Nation in Total Solar Jobs Nationally as Renewable Energy Sector Soars

While the construction industry has suffered tremendously over the last few years, one bright spot has been renewable energy. The Solar Foundation recently released its Solar Jobs Census for 2011, reporting that U.S. solar...more

Florida Water Management District Swiftly Cuts Budget With 120+ Employee Bailouts, Does This Really Hurt the Everglades?

The South Florida Water Management District was quick to put together a buyout package for its employees after the Florida Legislature's big budgetary cutbacks were signed into law by Governor Scott last month. Facing a big...more

Harsh disciplinary actions within EPA Criminal Investigation Division By Chris Paul

A quarter of the staff in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division has considered leaving the agency in the wake of a disciplinary program, according to an internal review obtained by Public...more

Ignoring the Law at Sea is a Dangerous Business

The unresolved tension between a master and a rig manager, between legal and commercial considerations, is often the key to why accidents happen. The tension is obvious. The master's duties are to protect the safety of the...more

The Trials And Tribulations Of Highly Educated Immigrants

In today's global economy, for the US to remain a leader in education, the arts, sciences, and business, it needs to be able to recruit the best and the brightest. In a world no longer constrained by national borders,...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 19, 2010

IN THIS ISSUE: *Rooftop solar installations growing faster than utility-scale solar *Renewable Energy Focus ..California's utilities won't be able to meet 2010 state RPS:researchers *Geothermal industry has high...more

A imputação jurídico-penal no Direito Penal Econômico

O ordenamento penal e processual penal brasileiro vem enfrentando um processo de adaptação ao fenômeno da crescente criminalidade econômica, que tem deitado suas raízes nomeadamente na...more

Energy and Clean Technology Alert: "Green Jobs" and "Global Warming" Bills Get Patrick's Signature

After signing into law the Global Warming Solutions Act last Friday, Governor Deval L. Patrick today did the same for the Green Jobs Act, legislation that Patrick says adds to the progress in “making Massachusetts a...more

Legal Alert: California is First in Nation to Adopt "Green" Building Code

On July 17, 2008, under the direction of Governor Schwarzenegger, the California Building Standards Commission adopted the nation's first statewide "green" building code. A press release from the Governor's office states that...more

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