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Group of WTO Members Launches Negotiations to Liberalize Trade in Environmental Goods

This week marks the beginning of negotiations by a group of 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries toward a new multilateral agreement to liberalize trade in “environmental goods,” a yet-to-be-defined term with...more

EC Posts Meeting Materials from Validation Workshop on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials

The European Commission (EC) has posted materials from its June 30, 2014, validation workshop to discuss the preliminary results of the study supporting the impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials. The EC...more

Russia's Second Renewable Energy Auction Gives Both Glimmer of Hope and Cause for Concern

Having one of the richest conventional energy reserves in the world, Russia has traditionally downplayed the importance of renewable power generation. Therefore, it is not surprising that compared to other countries' policy...more

China in Talks to Join the OECD System for the Mutual Acceptance of Data in Assessment of Chemicals

It has recently been reported that China is in discussions with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to become a provisional adherent to the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) system. This would...more

EPA Issues Final Rule Revising RCRA Standards for Cathode Ray Tubes Exported for Reclamation

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) strengthening the standards for cathode ray tubes (CRTs) exported for reclamation....more

Wrap-up of International Chemical Regulatory Developments – June 2014

NICNAS Will Hold Training And Outreach Sessions: The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) will be conducting stakeholder training and awareness sessions in major capital cities and...more

China Update - June 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - China News - Energy & Environment and Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: 6th Round of the US-China Strategic and...more

Doing Business in Canada: Environmental Law

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW - Over the last decade, there has been increasing awareness and concern at local, national and international levels in relation to the effects that human activities have on the environment. In...more

Cellana And Galil Algae Team Up On High Value Algae Biomass

On June 23, 2014, U.S. algae developer Cellana, Inc. announced that it has entered into a letter of intent with Galil Algae Cooperative Agriculture Society Limited of Israel for the production of high-value algae products for...more

Emerging Environmental Goods Agreement: Negotiations Set to Begin

Negotiations are expected to begin on July 7 in Geneva concerning the possible elimination of tariffs on a wide range of environmental goods. The negotiations, being led by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR),...more

EU Timber Regulations - How Robust Are Your Due Diligence Systems?

Whilst the European Timber Regulation dates back to 2010, it only took direct effect in Member States last year. Amongst other things, it requires operators to ensure they have due diligence systems in place to properly...more

Solar Installer Alert: New Countervailing Duties on Imports of Chinese Solar Products Take Effect June 10, 2014

The U.S. International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce (“ITA”) made the preliminary countervailing duty (“CVD”) rates announced last week effective today, June 10, in a published notice, 79 Fed. Reg....more

DOE Proposes "Environment First" Prioritization for LNG Export Review

On May 29, 2014, the Department of Energy proposed a new approach to conducting its reviews of proposed projects to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-FTA countries. The new approach could slow the approval process at...more

DOE proposes major changes to LNG export rules, comments due July 21

The US Department of Energy is proposing to change its rules and procedures for reviewing applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the US (non-FTA...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Imposes Preliminary Tariffs on Chinese Solar Products

On June 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its preliminary determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (“solar products”) from China. DOC...more

DOE Announces Fundamental Shift in LNG Export Authorization Policy

On Thursday, 29 May 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) announced a proposed change to the procedures it will use to process applications to export LNG to non-free trade agreement (“non-FTA”) countries. This is a...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2014

In This Issue: - Drafting Lessons From The "Deliver-Or-Pay Wars" Of The Southern Cone - Flaring Litigation in North Dakota is Capped - Shell Oil Co. v. United States -- A Divided Federal Circuit...more

Chinese Government Issues Amendment to Environmental Protection Law to Fight Against Pollution

The National People’s Congress passed the Amendment to the Chinese Environmental Protection Law (the “Amendment”) on April 24, 2014. The amended Environmental Protection Law will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015. The...more

The Renewable Energy Sector’s New Frontier: Latin America And The Caribbean

While most jurisdictions within Latin America and the Caribbean base their core electric generation asset portfolio on fossil fuels, renewable energy technologies are now changing the regional energy landscape. Now, wind,...more

China Update - May 6, 2014

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - China News - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from Quote of the Week: “In 2013, the U.S. welcomed more than 1.8 million...more

Comments on An Environmental Goods Agreement

The Office of the United States Trade Representative, in the Federal Register of March 28, 2014 on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee, requested comments and issued notice of a public hearing on negotiations for a...more

A Slow-Burning Fuse: Climate Change From The Risk Management Trenches

This morning was the only professional session on climate change at the 2014 annual conference of RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society, the preeminent risk management trade group in the country. ...more

Chemical Purchasers May Be Operators and Liable for Releases That Occur During Shipment

Any company that purchases chemical products should be aware that it could potentially be liable for releases that occur during the shipment of the purchased products. In a recent New York District Count case, Kemira Water...more

European Union Moves Closer to Mandatory Social and Environmental Reporting

The European Union took another step toward requiring large companies to publish social and environmental performance reports when the European Parliament approved amendments to a draft directive by a 599-55 majority last...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2014 (#2)

In This Issue: - Downturn in Chinese Economy May Be Triggering An Export Surge - EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And Drinking Water State...more

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