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North Carolina Legislative Report - November 15, 2013

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...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

Legislative Update Report - Apr 12, 2013

Federal Government Regulations: Canada Gazette, Part II, March 27, 2013: Contraventions Act - SOR/2013-41 Regulations Amending the Application of Provincial Laws Regulations. Farm Products...more

Can Wind Energy Serve As Baseload Power? The First Circuit Agrees with the NRC That, For Now, The Answer Is “Not Yet.”

In an interesting decision issued last Friday, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in Beyond Nuclear v. NextEra Energy Seabrook, affirmed the decision by the NRC rejecting a challenge to Seabrook’s relicensing posed...more

D.C's clean-energy conundrum

Originally published in Reuters on December 9, 2012 Few issues are now as politically polarizing as the role of government in supporting clean-energy technologies. It pits those concerned about global warming against...more

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 10 of the Conference

Introduction - The high-level segment continued on Wednesday 5 December 2012, slowly drawing together the threads of agreement. A further stocktaking plenary session was held in the evening to assess progress, but the...more

Clean Energy Policy Priorities for 2013

Mintz Levin hosted a roundtable discussion on November 27, 2012, led by the New England Clean Energy Council, to build consensus around the energy and clean technology sector’s policy priorities for 2013. At the roundtable,...more

Electronics Recyclers Will Have To Do More and No Doubt Spend More To Obtain Certification Under R2 Solutions’ R2:2013 Standard

On October 10, 2012, R2 Solutions made available for comment its Draft 2013 R2 Standard (“R2:2013”). If adopted, R2:2013 would specify the requirements with which an electronics recycler would have to comply in order to...more

Governor Signs Legislation Amending Fish and Game Code in Response to Input from Strategic Vision Process

On September 25, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2402 and Senate Bill 1148, which make a number of changes to the Fish and Game Code, into law. AB 2402 was sponsored by Assemblyman Jared Huffman and SB 1148...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 9, 2012

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - Insight: Delays dog U.S. government loans to green energy projects; Insight: Delays dog U.S. government loans to green energy projects; Chinese-Owned Firm Sues Obama Over...more

Energy Game-Changer: Electric Storage Systems

Storage has become a premier cleantech investment opportunity. Ernst & Young reported that energy storage totaled more than a third of the US$1.1 billion US venture capital investment in cleantech for Q3 2011, which was the...more

Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- September 2012

In the September edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention...more

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sold in the European Union Must Comply with New ROHS 2 Requirements: DG Environment Issues...

In July 2012, the Directorate General for the Environment (DG Environment) published draft guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help businesses understand the new provisions of Directive 2011/65/EU...more

New Global Initiatives to Accelerate Examination of Cleantech Patent Applications

In an effort to promote the development and commercialization of technologies that conserve natural resources or reduce negative environmental impact, patent offices around the world have adopted programs to expedite the...more

California Green Chemistry Initiative Update

On July 27, 2012, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued the latest draft of its proposed Safer Consumer Products Regulations. The regulations set forth the DTSC’s plan for finding safe...more

Next Generation of Consumer Product Rules: California Issues Draft Green Chemistry Regulations

On July 27, 2012, following a series of contentious administrative hearings, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) finally released its proposed green chemistry regulations for public notice and...more

California Proposes (Again) Safer Consumer Product Regulations

On July 27, 2012, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) formally re-proposed its Safer Consumer Products regulations, aka the Green Chemistry Regulations. A public hearing will be held on September 10,...more

Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- July 2012, VOL. II

In this edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to the...more

Proposed EPA Limits on CO2 Would Require Major Technology Advances for Coal-Fired Power Plants

In an action long-awaited by environmental activists and viewed with some trepidation by the business community, on April 13, 2012, EPA published in the Federal Register its proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limits for...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - April 2012: Nanomaterial regulation By Chris Paul

Agencies do not have consensus-based standards to measure nanoparticles, cannot interpret the results of toxicity tests, and do not have agreed-upon names for some nanoparticles, according to Maria Doa, director of the EPA’s...more

Changes to Feed-In Tariffs for Solar Photovoltaic Technology in the United Kingdom

The UK feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme was introduced in the United Kingdom in April 2010, under the Energy Act 2008, to encourage households and businesses to operate small scale (less than 5MW) low carbon electricity generation...more

MA Senate Bill Would Revise Incentives for Renewable Energy Development

On April 5, 2012, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill that aims to curb rising energy costs and expand renewable energy development. Senate Bill (SB) 2214, a bill “Relative to Competitively Priced Electricity...more

Keeping up with REACH and Other Chemical Legislation

Developments surrounding chemical legislation in the EU and abroad mean that all companies manufacturing or importing chemical substances must be increasingly alert and pro-active. The second REACH registration deadline...more

Kentucky Chemical Industry Council Continues Advocacy Efforts

As seen in The Goods published by The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturer’s Chemical Industry Council continues to aggressively advocate for the improvement of Kentucky’s...more

EPA Issues Its GHG NSPS: Cap and Trade Never Looked So Good

On Tuesday, EPA announced release of its proposed New Source Performance Standards for carbon pollution from new power plants. I’m feeling like a broken record here. Everyone’s acting on rational motives (if not rationally),...more

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