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Commerical Organics Ban Takes Effect

The Commercial Organics Ban, which took effect on October 1, 2014, is the latest effort by MassDEP to achieve the state’s solid waste management goal of reducing waste disposal by 30% by 2020. MassDEP estimates that organics...more

MassDEP Rolls Out Third-Party Inspection Program Beginning January 2015

MassDEP’s 2014 reforms to the solid waste regulations include new requirements for third-party inspections of solid waste facilities. These changes reflect an effort by MassDEP to privatize the inspection and policing...more

Real Estate Tip – Confusing Precision with Accuracy

In a recent EPA case, Natural Resources Defense Council, v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, a federal circuit court found against the agency’s decision to allow a product’s registration because of a rounding...more

TSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments: EPA Adds and Removes Chemicals Based on New Data

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on October 23, 2014, that it has updated its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan for Chemical Assessments. According to EPA, the updated TSCA Work Plan...more

Funding Opportunities for Early-Stage Clean Energy Companies from MassCEC

Recently, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has opened up two top-rate funding opportunities for young, emerging clean energy companies in Massachusetts. Aimed primarily at university researchers and early-stage...more

British Columbia Proposes Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act

On October 20, 2014, British Columbia (B.C.) Environment Minister Mary Polak tabled the province’s first bill targeting industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in keeping with B.C.’s political commitment to develop the...more

News Flash: Cap-and-Trade Remains the Most Efficient Way to Reduce Emissions

Notwithstanding Congressional gridlock on climate change legislation, cap-and-trade remains the tried and true efficient method for reducing air emissions. Although the acid rain provisions of the Clean Air Act are the most...more

OPIC Issues Its First Green Guaranties – An Innovative Financing Program - The Guaranties Are Intended to Bridge the Gap Between...

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has issued its first "Green Guaranties" to provide financing for a project considered to be in alignment with Green Bond Principles. The U.S. government's development...more

New UK Mandatory Energy Assessment Scheme

On 17 July 2014, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (“ESOS”) came into effect, which implements various elements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012. ESOS requires companies over a minimum size threshold and some...more

Work Plan Signals Expanded Calif. Green Chemistry Program

As part of its Safer Consumer Products Regulation (SCPR) under California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on September 13, 2014 issued its Draft Priority Product Three-Year Work...more

New Report Recommends Sustainability Tools to EPA

At EPA’s request, the National Research Council (NRC), the policy arm of the National Academy of Sciences, has authored a report that recommends tools and approaches that EPA might use to operationalize its growing focus on...more

Outstanding Design Flaws in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

On January 1, 2013, California embarked on a grand experiment with the launch of the world’s most complex cap-and-trade program. Under this program, companies operating in California, such as food processors, power producers...more

B.C. Supreme Court Upholds Recurring Short-Term Water Use Approvals

The B.C. Supreme Court has recently clarified the interpretation of section 8 of the B.C. Water Act. Section 8 relates to the power of the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) to grant approvals to oil and gas companies for the...more

EPA Reworks Strategy For Regulation of Nanomaterials Under TSCA; Proposed Rule Sent to OMB

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn its long-delayed proposal to regulate nanotechnology under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and submitted a new alternative proposed rule for consideration and...more

Proposition 65 Warning Requirement for DINP Set to Take Effect in December

Beginning December 20, 2014, companies with ten or more employees that manufacture, distribute or sell products in California containing Diisononyl phthalate (DINP) will be required to provide “clear and reasonable” warnings...more

EPA Issues Final Rule Clarifying CERCLA’s “All Appropriate Inquiry” Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has at long last issued a Final Rule which provides clarification to prospective purchasers of contaminated property regarding the standards and practices that are to be used for...more

Myanmar Revises Scope Of Prohibited And Restricted Activities For Foreign Investment

On 31 January 2013, MIC issued a notification outlining prohibited and restricted activities for foreign investment (2013 Notification). For further information on the Foreign Investment Law, the Foreign Investment Rules and...more

BLM to Overhaul Solar/Wind Rights-of-Way Regulations

Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a proposed rule that could alter the landscape of future renewable energy development, particularly in the American West, home to much of the country’s prime solar and...more

Get Ready Now for the Upcoming Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for DINP and Other Chemicals

With the 2014 holiday season fast approaching, businesses should not lose sight of what the Proposition 65 “bounty hunter” plaintiffs’ lawyers are eagerly awaiting. And that’s the opportunity to send out 60-Day Notice letters...more

Governor Signs Off on New Tax-Increment Financing Structure

On September 29, Governor Brown signed legislation that is seen as creating a robust new financing tool which will expand the existing mechanism of Infrastructure Financing Districts (“IFDs”) and replicate some of the...more

CEQA Alert: CEQA Does Not Apply to Approval of Proposed Railroad Operations – Express Preemption by ICCTA

California’s First Appellate District has held that federal law preempts CEQA’s application to the approval of proposed railroad operations. Although this was an issue of first impression for a California appellate court,...more

BC Supreme Court Stresses “Polluter Pays” in Awarding Damages for Remediation of Contaminated Site

The BC Supreme Court recently clarified several principles under the Environmental Management Act relating to liability for remediation costs for contaminated sites. In JI Properties Inc v PPG Architectural Coatings Canada...more

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative: “Work Plan” basics and the 7 product categories – 3 action steps

California is steadily implementing its landmark Green Chemistry Initiative, which increases regulation and oversight of consumer product chemical exposures in important ways. In a recently published Work Plan on the...more

International Implementation of EU Emission Trading Scheme Still Unsettled - The Scope of the Emission Trading Scheme Remains...

The European Union (EU) adopted a regulation in April 2014 that continued the application of the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) as to flights operated inside the European Economic Area (EEA). But implementation...more

Renewable Energy In The Asia Pacific: A Legal Overview (3RD EDITION (with specific 2014 additions))

It is rare to find a government in the Asia Pacific region that is not willing to promote their nation’s “push for renewables” amidst an increasingly carbon constrained world. Behind closed doors, governments are well aware...more

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