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National Academies Of Sciences, Engineering, And Medicine Holding Second Public Meeting On Future

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is hosting a second public meeting examining future biotechnology products on June 1-2, 2016. This two-day meeting will run from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. both days,...more

Swiss Researchers Develop Model to Assess How Nanoparticles “Flow Through the Environment”

The Swiss National Science Foundation issued a May 12, 2016, press release announcing that researchers from the National Research Program “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” have developed a new model to track the flow...more

Northwest Green Chemistry and Washington State Department Of Ecology To Offer Training On Quick Chemical Assessment Tool

Northwest Green Chemistry and the Washington State Department of Ecology are presenting a four-part webinar series introducing and providing training on the Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT)....more

UCR Provides More Detail On Biomass Based Fuel And Chemical Project That Received 1.3 Million

On May 11, 2016, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) provided more information about the project that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is funding with $1.3 million as part of the Biomass Research and...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed increase of the renewable fuel volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for all biofuels in 2017 and...more

ARPA-E Provides $300,000 In Third Round Funding For PETROSS Project

In May of 2016, the DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) awarded the University of Illinois and the University of Florida $300,000 to continue researching ultra-productive biofuel crops. ...more

Massachusetts Ranks Second and Boston Ranks Seventh in the 2016 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index

Last week, Clean Edge published a report titled the “U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index” (“Index”) that ranked Massachusetts as the second state and Boston as the seventh metro area in the U.S. according to its scoring...more

Submissions Now Open For Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing The Bioeconomy Through Innovation Posters

On May 16, 2016, the DOE's BETO invited applications for abstracts for the poster session of the ninth annual conference Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation. Poster abstracts are due by June 3, 2016,...more

NYPSC Set to Adopt Clean Energy Standard Aimed at 50% Renewables Goal

The New York State Energy Plan (“SEP”) calls for 50% of all electricity used in New York State by 2030 to be generated from renewable energy sources (the “50 by 30 Goal”). Additionally, the SEP sets aggressive 2030 targets...more

EPA Intends to Promulgate Final Nanoscale Materials Rule in October 2016

According to an item in the Spring 2016 Regulatory Agenda, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is “developing a final rule related to” its April 6, 2015, proposal to require reporting and recordkeeping requirements...more

European Commission Gives Portugal Two Months To Address Issues With Biofuel Law Compliance

On April 28, 2016, the European Commission (EC) encouraged Portugal to become fully compliant with the Renewable Energy Directive (Directive) through the release of an April infringements fact sheet. The Directive has set the...more

EPA Promulgates SNUR for Functionalized CNTs (Generic)

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated, through a direct final rule, significant new use rules (SNUR) for 55 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN),...more

DOE Announces Project Development For Pilot And Demonstration Scale Manufacturing Of Biofuels, Bioproducts, And Biopower Funding...

On May 6, 2016, DOE announced the $90 million Project Development for Pilot and Demonstration Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower. As previously reported by BRAG, this funding opportunity is intended to...more

The DOE Launches Advanced Biofuels Support Program

On May 6, 2016 the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (“EERE”) of the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a funding opportunity announcement (“FOA”) of $90,000,000 in financial assistance for projects...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, May 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - Office Of Inspector General Considers Pesticide Imports: In a memorandum dated April 22, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) informed EPA that...more

Biomass Research And Development Initiative Provides Seven Projects With Up To $10 Million In Funding

On May 9, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the recipients of up to $10 million in funding through the...more

EPA Issues Memorandum Regarding Nationally Consistent Approach for Responding to Requests for Certificates of Establishment and...

On May 11, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Compliance (OC) and Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) issued a memorandum to its regional Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court’s Dismissal in Environmental Justice Case Seeking Judicial Review of EPA’s Decision to Settle...

On May 11, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an unpublished memorandum decision in an environmental justice case, Garcia v. McCarthy, Case No. 14-15494, that many have been watching closely. The...more

TSCA: B&C Analyzes CDR Enforcement Actions from 2007 to 2014

In preparation for the opening of the reporting period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) conducted a review of recent enforcement...more

EPA OPP Director Announces Selection of Anna Lowit for the Senior Science Advisor Position

On May 9, 2016, Jack Housenger, Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), announced the selection of Anna Lowit for the Senior Science Advisor Position in OPP’s Immediate...more

EU NanoSafety Cluster Publishes “Closer to the Market” Roadmap

On April 19, 2016, the European Union (EU) NanoSafety Cluster announced the availability of the “Closer to the Market” Roadmap (CTTM). The NanoSafety Cluster states that the CTTM is a “multi-dimensional, stepwise plan...more

Iowa Legislature Unanimously Votes To Extend Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program

On April 27, 2016, the Iowa Senate voted 49-0 to extend the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) through June 30, 2017. The legislation, House File 2464, was passed by the Iowa House 94-0 and provides funding for...more

Neste Renewable’s Isoalkane To Be Used In Avantherm’s Heat Transfer Media

On April 28, 2016, Neste Renewable, a Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) member, announced that its renewable isoalkane would be used in Avantherm's renewable Heat Transfer Media products. Avantherm will...more

Insurance Review May 2016

It has been another active year for class action and mass tort litigation in Australia, with seemingly very few industries or sectors immune, even the legal industry upon which this burgeoning area of the law has been built....more

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