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The OSV Regs Cometh

As previously reported here, the offshore industry has been anxiously awaiting new United States Coast Guard (USCG) regulations for large offshore supply vessels (OSVs) in the wake of the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act...more

Draft ISO 14001:2015 Standard Available for Public Comment

The revision of the ISO 14001 standard is now open for public comment, with the final standard publication expected in 2015, affecting over 280,000 certified organizations worldwide. Once final, the standard is expected to be...more

KiOR Faces Significant Challenge Moving Forward

In an August 11, 2014, filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, cellulosic biofuel company KiOR, Inc. (KiOR) reported that without any new financial commitments, the Company only has enough funding to operate...more

Municipal Utilities Ride To The Rescue Of Beleaguered Solar Projects

After investor-owned utilities meet state requirements, local authorities can take the reins. As investor-owned utilities reach required levels of mandated state renewable portfolio standards, their willingness to offer...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - August 2014

United States Holds First Round Of Negotiations With 13 Trading Partners Toward An Environmental Goods Agreement - On July 8, 2014, the United States and 13 other Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO),...more

Did Governmental Mismanagement Cause a Dam to Burst? Mount Polley Mine

Mount Polley mine is operated by Imperial Metals and is an open-pit copper and gold mine with a four kilometre-wide tailings pond built with an earthen dam. It's located in central BC, west of Williams Lake and near the...more

Environmental Claims: Twenty Years Later

A Chapter 11 debtor moved to reopen its bankruptcy case more than 15 years after it was closed in order to enforce the plan confirmation order to prevent claims by a state environmental agency and other potentially...more

Sapphire Energy Gets New CEO

On July 28, 2014, Sapphire Energy (Sapphire) announced that James Levine would replace CJ Warner as the Company's President and CEO. Mr. Levine had been the CEO of Verenium Corporation (Verenium). San Diego-based Sapphire...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Beware of LUST

Today, we’re talking about LUSTs: Leaking Underground Storage Tanks. Not what you were expecting? Well, if you are in the market for commercial real estate, I can assure you that you will be even more disappointed if you...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: July 2014 #4

For several years, solar arrays utilizing silicon photovoltaics have been central to driving the exponential growth of installed domestic solar capacity. However, an ongoing trade war spanning three continents and impacting...more

Environmental Alert: "Clearly Allocate Risk of Change Interpretations in Transactions"

When buyers request that sellers warrant compliance with environmental law, sellers need to appreciate that agency interpretation or agency enforcement discretion may have played a role in the seller’s apparent ongoing...more

Environmental Due Diligence: A Practical Guide to Environmental Site Assessments Part 2

If after a Phase I ESA, the EP determines further investigation is warranted, that more invasive investigation takes the form of a Phase II ESA. The primary purpose in conducting a Phase II ESA is to evaluate any REC(s)...more

BLM Agrees to Complete Hydraulic Fracturing EIS for Leases in California

A recent agreement between environmentalists and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) may open the floodgates to challenges of the sufficiency of Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for oil...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Commerce Department Action on Solar Trade Case - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce -...more

OECD Posts Report on Nanotechnology and Tire Industry

On July 24, 2014, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted a report entitled Nanotechnology and Tyres: Greening Industry and Transport, which provides a risk management framework to enable...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces New Antidumping Duties on Solar Panels from China and Taiwan

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) recently announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping (AD) investigations of certain crystalline silicon PV products imported form the People’s Republic of China...more

Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles Highlight the Promise of Consumer/Utility Collaboration in Renewable Power...

As we wrote earlier this year, end-use corporate energy consumers large and small are increasingly turning to distributed power generation using solar, wind and other technologies to reduce purchased power costs and price...more

Washington Insurance Law 2014 Mid-Year Update

During the first six months of 2014, Washington judges issued several notable insurance-related decisions. Some of those decisions were favorable to insurers and could benefit insurers in future insurance claims and lawsuits...more

California Insurance Coverage Cases Raising Key Issues On The Horizon

This year, 2014, is lining up with interesting insurance coverage cases pending across the country which may lead to far reaching decisions. In California specifically, it is apparent to us that the Hartford Insurance...more

Policyholders with Long-Tail Claims Under Liberty Mutual Policies Should Be Prepared for 'Sea Change' in Claims Handling After...

On July 17, 2014, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company announced that it had entered into a multi-billion-dollar “retroactive reinsurance” arrangement with National Indemnity Company (“NICO”), a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway,...more

Forum-Shopping Insurance Companies' Latest Tricks

Decades ago, insurance companies tried to persuade trial courts in California to apply the law of some other state to multi-party environmental and asbestos insurance coverage disputes because the insurance companies believed...more

Iowa Supreme Court Decision Boosts Renewable Energy Development

A recent Iowa Supreme Court decision may give a boost to small-scale renewable energy development in that state. On July 11, the court issued its opinion in SZ Enterprises, LLC vs. Iowa Utilities Board (link to decision),...more

California Air Resources Board-Commissioned Report Recommends Ways to Avoid Price Volatility in California’s Cap and Trade Market

Concerned about the potential for price volatility in its cap and trade program, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) commissioned the Market Simulation Group (MSG) at the University of California Energy Institute to...more

Smooth Operator

The successful financing, negotiation and construction of a utility-scale solar power plant are significant achievements for all parties. However, owners and providers face an entirely new set of challenges once the plant is...more

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

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