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EPA Inspector General Reports EPA Has Not Followed Through On Studying Effects Of RFS

On August 18, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report stating that EPA has not complied with federal requirements to study the effects of the Renewable Fuel...more

Review Published of Nanomaterials for Products and Application in Agriculture, Feed, and Food in the European Union

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) requested a review of the already marketed and in-development applications of nanomaterials in the agri/feed/food sectors. The results of the review are published in the August 2016...more

Ninth Circuit Denies EPA’s Request for Six-Month Extension on Chlorpyrifos Decision; Grants Three-Month Extension

On August 12, 2016, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order denying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request for an additional six months to decide whether to ban agricultural...more

Next Steps on New EPA Toxics Rule Implementation Reinforce the Need to Engage

The passage of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act ("2016 TSCA Amendments") was a rare bipartisan success story. However, the August 9-10th Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") stakeholder public comment meetings on the...more

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

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Releases TRI Preliminary Dataset For Calendar Year 2015: On July 20, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)...more

US Environmentalist And Organic Crop Farm Groups Want Overhaul Of Federal Biotechnology Strategy

On August 3, 2016, 24 farmer and public interest organizations wrote to the Obama Administration expressing their disappointment with the direction that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has taken...more

Research finds that Reducing Carbon Emissions will Spur Technology Innovation

In December 2015, 195 nations and the European Union formally pledged to meet nationally determined emissions-reduction targets in the Paris Agreement. Since then, many experts have observed that the national targets are not...more

EPA Solicits Comments on Updated Method for Establishing Economic Minor Use

By Lisa M. Campbell The comment deadline of August 15, 2016, is approaching on the June 14, 2016, notice of availability of the draft Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN) 2016-X issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

TSCA Reform: Proposed Changes to SNUR Procedures Would, Perhaps Inadvertently, Result in Disclosure of CBI to Third...

On July 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) procedures. 81 Fed. Reg. 49598. As discussed in our previous...more

Biofabrication Process For Producing Composite Wood Products, Funded In Part Through An EPA SBIR Gra

On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed the final rule Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products, setting formaldehyde emission standards for hardwood plywood,...more

Update: Unraveling the Toxic Substances Control Act Reform Bill

In June, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed the long-pending Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, which will bolster the government’s power to regulate a wide variety of chemicals. The bill...more

Canada Begins Consultation on Proposed Prioritization Approach for Nanoscale Forms of DSL Substances

On July 27, 2016, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Health Canada (HC) began a consultation on a proposed prioritization approach for nanoscale forms of substances on the Domestic Substances List (DSL). Canada...more

September Deadline: Last Chance to Participate in Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has issued final materials for phase two of Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program (LRP II). The deadline for submitting a qualification submission to the IESO is...more

EPA Issues FIFRA SAP Minutes on EPA Proposal to Use Biomonitoring Data to Derive a PoD for Chlorpyri

On July 20, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memorandum attaching minutes from the April 19-21, 2016, FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meeting, Transmittal of Meeting Minutes of the April...more

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, And Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program Accepting App

On July 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting applications for Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program)...more

TSCA: Proposed Revisions to Significant New Use Rules Reflect Current Occupational Safety and Health Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed on July 28, 2016, revisions to the regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with revisions to the...more

Natural Process of Osmosis Has Potential to Generate Electricity

Research published earlier this month in the journal Nature and highlighted in Newsweek explains how substantial amounts of power can be generated when fresh water river mouths flow into bodies of sea water. This natural...more

EPA Issues Final Rule Implementing Formaldehyde Emission Standards

Final rule seeks to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors by establishing emission standards and labeling requirements for certain wood products. Six years after the passage of the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our July edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile our friends at Greentown...more

Comments on 2011 Proposed SNURs Prompt Proposal Regarding Hierarchy of Controls

On July 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed changes to the existing regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to align these...more

Neste Publishes “4 Reasons Why The World Needs Biofuels”

On July 12, 2016, Neste, a BRAG member, published "4 Reasons Why The World Needs Biofuels," highlighting the positive results of seeking alternative, low-carbon sources of renewable energy. The article mentions that "biofuels...more

The “Most Contentious Issue” — Federal Preemption in the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act

This client alert is the third in a series that discusses the significant changes instituted by the passage of a new federal Toxic Substances Control Act. The first alert addressed broadly the law’s myriad of changes. The...more

TSCA Reform --- Battle Lines Are Quickly Being Drawn

Changes to the Toxic Substance Control Act (“TSCA”), resulting from the recently passed Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (“LCSA”), are quickly taking form. The Environmental Working Group (“EWG”),...more

Canadian Parliament Holds First Reading of Bill to Create Framework to Regulate Nanotechnology

On June 8, 2016, the House of Commons held its first reading of an Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) (nanotechnology) (C-287). The bill would add Part 6.1 to CEPA primarily to implement...more

DOE Announces $15 Million In Funding For Algae-Based Biofuels And Bioproducts Research Projects

On July 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced $15 million in funding for three projects that will work to improve algal biomass yields to reduce production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. ...more

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