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From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of October 2014

As expected, this week blew through the Columbus Day holiday and into a flurry of legislative activity. Dozens of bills went back and forth between the chambers this week, and many have already landed on the governor’s desk....more

UK Electricity Market Reform

On 16 October 2014, the first CfD allocation round commences, with the first CfDs being signed as early as January 2015, subject to any mid-allocation round appeals. The attached “Contracts for Difference – On the Launchpad”,...more

Petitioners Urge FTC to Investigate Utility’s Environmental Marketing Claims

This week, environmental activists in the state of Vermont filed a petition with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that an electric utility made improper environmental marketing claims regarding its...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, May 2014

B&C® Creates TSCA Reform Online Hub: Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) has created an online hub for news, information, and commentary on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform that is available at www.TSCAreform.org....more

TSCA Reform: House Subcommittee Discusses Revised Draft of Chemicals in Commerce Act

On April 29, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing to review a revised draft of the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA2). Representative John Shimkus (R-IL), Chair of the...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 12, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Intends to Add Trichloroethylene (TCE) To Proposition 65 Reproductive Toxicity Lis: BNA - Dec 12 - California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 24, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus -Interior Department offers new rules for 'fracking': Los Angeles Times - May 16 - The U.S. Department of the Interior proposed new rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 8, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA proposes rules to lower sulfur in fuel; Home Depot pays $8 million to settle California paint lawsuit; Center for Biological Diversity sues federal government over...more

EU Environment Report - March 2013

In This Issue: *Chemicals: - European Chemicals Agency consults on ten new substances for REACH candidate list - European Food Safety Authority publishes its 2013 work plan - European Food Safety...more

EU Environment Report - February 2013

In This Issue: *Chemicals: - Commission concludes that the REACH Regulation has brought significant improvements - Commission releases roadmap on SVHCs - ECHA publishes additional list of substances for...more

How Are We Doing? The Mercury Story

The late Ed Koch (former mayor of New York) famously used to ask his constituents “How am I doing?” Answering this question is also prudent (if not required) in evaluating environmental policies. Probably the most relevant...more

Upstate New York Landowners Can Renegotiate Natural Gas Leases Under New Agreement

Attorney Steven Getman reports that Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. will allow over 4,400 landowners who were locked into potentially unfavorable natural gas leases the opportunity to renegotiate with the energy company. As...more

EU Environment Report - April 2012

In this issue: - Chemicals ..New ban on cadmium in batteries proposed by EC ..Commission review of nanosilver ..Sweden considers new BPA ban for children’s food packaging ..Dry cleaning activities to be...more

UK Electricity Market Reform: An Update – Capacity Market

In our August Alert "UK Electricity Market Reform - what does it mean for future generation projects?" we reviewed the UK Government's proposals, as set out in an energy White Paper1, to achieve its commitment to "transform...more

EU Environment Report - October 2011

In this issue… Chemical - French proposal to ban Bisphenol A in food containers approved by Assemblée Nationale - Commission adopts first-ever international definition of nanomaterials - ECHA publishes...more

Will The Revised "Green Guides" Do More Harm Than Good?

Last week Sun Chips pulled its biodegradable snack bag off the market around the same time that the FTC announced that it wanted to change its so-called "Green Guides." Coincidence? Maybe. Sun Chips explained that the more...more

Grid Privacy Issues To Be Examined by the Federal Communications Commission - Comment Period through October 2, 2009

Smart Grid technology enables electric utilities to use communications and computing technology to glean consumer electric usage patterns to facilitate more efficient network management. It has been identified by the FCC as a...more

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