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The Shale Play Today - March 2015

In This Issue: - West Virginia Senate Bill 423 Amends Aboveground Storage Tank Act: Even before the June 6, 2014 effective date of the Aboveground Storage Tank Act (the "AST Act" or "Act"), W. Va. Code §§ 22-30-1 et...more

China Issues Revised Hazardous Chemicals Inventory; Enforcement Likely to Increase

On February 27, 2015, ten departments under China’s central government jointly issued a revised list of hazardous substances, the Inventory of Hazardous Chemicals (“Inventory"), which will become effective May 1, 2015. ...more

USDA NOP Releases New Policy Memo on Nanotechnology

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) issued on March 24, 2015, a policy memorandum clarifying the status of nanotechnology in organic production and handling under the USDA organic...more

TSCA: EPA Proposes Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Nanoscale Materials

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a prepublication version of a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) proposed rule concerning reporting and recordkeeping requirements for...more

Environmental Appeals Board Vacates Penalties for TSCA Section 8(e) Violations

The U.S. Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) issued an opinion this month that sheds light on section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); specifically, the applicability of the “continuing violations doctrine” to...more

EPA Issues Response to ICTA Petition Regarding Nanosilver

Almost seven years ago, the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) filed a petition for rulemaking requesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate products containing nanosilver as...more

Udall-Vitter TSCA Reform Bill Builds Momentum for Passage; Senators Boxer, Markey Respond with Competing Legislation

On March 10, 2015, Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697), to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). ...more

IARC Announces Cancer Classification for Glyphosate and Other Pesticides

On March 20, 2015, the United Nations World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced it had completed evaluations assessing the carcinogenicity of five organophosphate pesticides....more

Calif. Appellate Court Endorses Averaging Lead Exposure in Food and Beverage Prop. 65 Disputes

In a rare published decision concerning California’s expansive Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly known as “Prop 65,” the California Court of Appeal on March 17, 2015, dealt companies a victory in...more

TSCA Reform: Detailed Analysis of the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act

As noted in our recent memorandum on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697, Lautenberg), Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) recently introduced the Alan Reinstein and Trevor...more

French Agency Publishes Opinion on Silver Nanoparticles

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) published on March 10, 2015, an Opinion concerning exposure to silver nanoparticles that “stresses the research that has been carried out to...more

Industrialization Of Biology Report Released By The National Academies

On March 13, 2015, the National Academies issued Industrialization Of Biology: A Roadmap To Accelerate The Advanced Manufacturing Of Chemicals, a 143-page report prepared in response to a request from the U.S. Department of...more

Fourth Circuit Continues Trend toward Narrowing Scope of CERCLA Arranger Liability

Action Item: With federal courts moving toward limiting arranger liability under CERCLA, companies that sell new or used products containing hazardous substances should heed the guidance of those courts and take certain...more

Biofuel Legislation In Minnesota Criticized For Focus On Corn

The Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota is advocating strongly for two bills in the state that if passed would result in a two-year, $5 million production incentive for producers, and a capital loan equipment program. ...more

Senate EPW Hearing On TSCA Reform

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing on S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. ...more

Executive Order Mandates Clean Energy Consumption at Federal Buildings

Yesterday, President Obama released an Executive Order entitled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” In short, the order mandates that heads of agency take action to promote energy conservation and...more

China Update - March 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS: Presidential Advisor Susan Rice Meets with Senior Chinese Official - On February 25, China’s...more

NNI Publishes Supplement to President's 2016 Budget

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published on March 11, 2015, its supplement to the President’s 2016 budget submitted to Congress. NNI states that the supplement serves as the NNI annual report....more

Global Initiatives to Accelerate Examination of Cleantech Patent Applications

In an effort to promote the development and commercialization of technologies that conserve natural resources or reduce negative environmental impact, patent offices around the world have adopted programs to expedite the...more

California Appellate Court Agrees with Defendants on Prop. 65 Exposure Averaging

In one of the most significant appellate decisions interpreting California’s Prop. 65, the California Court of Appeal on March 17 ruled that, for purposes of establishing the Prop. 65 “safe harbor” defense, exposure to a...more

TSCA Reform: Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

On March 18, 2015, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697). ...more

DTSC Invites Public Comments on Proposed Supplemental Environmental Projects Policy

This month, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) issued a Public Notice proposing a Supplemental Environmental Projects (“SEP”) Policy (“Policy”). DTSC is seeking public comment on the Policy through...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - March 2015

Our March edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In our Leaders in the News section, we congratulate...more

EPA and FDA Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Share Data

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Information Sharing regarding the sharing of data and other confidential...more

EPA and ACC Reach Settlement Regarding Antimicrobial Pesticide Data Requirements

On March 2, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) executed a settlement agreement (Agreement) following the ACC’s petition for judicial review of EPA’s...more

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