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High Court Upholds Long-Term GHG Emissions Analysis, But Warns Agencies to Keep Pace with Regulatory Advancements: Lessons from...

Cleveland National Forest Foundation, et al. v. San Diego Association of Governments (2017) __ Cal. 5th __, Supreme Court Case No., S223603 - Judicial deference to a lead agency’s determination regarding the proper...more

Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment

On June 1, 2017, Skadden hosted the webinar “Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment.” Topics of discussion included the increasing importance of Chinese investment in Latin America,...more

Proposed Draft Legislation Clamps Down on Soil Pollution in China

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 22 June 2017, Chinese legislators released draft proposals to combat soil pollution in China at a bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. The legislation complements the State...more

Another Court Upholds a State Generation Program and Dismisses Challenges to Illinois’ Nuclear Subsidies

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 14, 2017, and several weeks after the Second Circuit rejected challenges to Connecticut’s renewable energy procurement process and renewable energy credit program (see Allco Fin. Ltd. v. Robert J. Klee (Docket Nos....more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s extension of cap-and-trade provides more certainty to cleantech - Greentech Media - Jul 18 - Late Monday night, California lawmakers approved a group of bills that extend the...more

USFWS Tentatively Supports ESA Reform Bills

by Nossaman LLP on

On July 19, 2017, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a full committee legislative hearing on five bills that would amend portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)....more

California Supreme Court Reverses Court of Appeal Decision to Invalidate SANDAG's Regional Transportation Plan EIR for its GHG...

by Allen Matkins on

In Cleveland Nat’l Forest Found. v. San Diego Ass’n of Gov’ts (July 13, 2017), the California Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal decision regarding the inadequacy of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions impacts analysis...more

Reports of the Death of the SEP Have Not Been Greatly Exaggerated

Last month, Attorney General Sessions barred DOJ from entering into settlements that provide for payments to non-governmental persons not a party to the dispute. At the time, I peered into my crystal ball and proclaimed that...more

DOE Awards $40 Million In Funding For Bioenergy Research Centers

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that $40 million in Department of Energy (DOE) awards will be used to establish four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRC) to be led by a DOE National...more

RICanada Welcomes Quebec Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada), a principal stakeholder representing Canadian producers of clean-burning renewable fuels, announced that the Quebec Government’s 2017-2020 Action Plan under the 2030 Energy Policy...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Motion for Further Mandamus Relief in Chlorpyrifos Proceedings

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 18, 2017, a panel of three judges at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an order denying petitioners’ Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)...more

NAFTA: USTR Summary of Objectives Released July 17, 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization process advanced on July 17, 2017 with the release by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of the NAFTA negotiating objectives summary....more

Texas Third Court of Appeals Overturns TCEQ Action and Confirms that Statutory Provisions Mean What They Say

by Locke Lord LLP on

On July 11, 2017, the Third Court of Appeals at Austin (Texas) issued a decision in Freestone Power Generation, LLC et al. v. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Cause Nos. 03-16-00693-CV et al. (“Freestone Power”),...more

California post-2020 GHG Regulation Debate: Compromise Passed Both Houses with a Two-Thirds Vote

by Reed Smith on

To achieve its goals of reducing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions linked to global warming, California relies upon a number of programs and policies, including a system of capping total GHG emissions from regulated source,...more

EPA’s Regulatory Agenda Includes TSCA Section 8(a) Nanomaterials Rule with TBD Effective Date

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 20, 2017, the Trump Administration published its Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Agenda includes a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) item (RIN 2070-AJ54) concerning the Toxic...more

State Legislature Reaches Agreement on Extension of the Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program; Stops the Bay Area Air Quality...

by Downey Brand LLP on

As posted in CEQA Chronicles, on July 17, 2017 the California legislature approved an extension of the state’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program from 2020 to 2030. Cap-and-trade is a key program in the state’s efforts to...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Legislature’s vote on cap-and-trade program extension delayed - Los Angeles Times - Jul 13 - Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders introduced a proposal Monday...more

EPA Fails to Justify Its Use of Surrogates for Certain Hazardous Air Pollutants

July 18, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals remanded EPA’s MACT standards for PCBs, polycyclic organic matter, and hexachlorobenzene to EPA. Rather than setting specific MACT standards for these compounds, EPA regulated...more

Negligence liability: parent and subsidiary companies

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The High Court has considered the circumstances in which a parent company may be liable to third parties in negligence for the acts or omissions of its subsidiary....more

Journal of Nanobiotechnology Publishes Special Issue on Swiss National Research Program on the “Opportunities and Risks of...

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Journal of Nanobiotechnology published a special issue on the outcome of Switzerland’s five-year National Research Program on the “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” (NRP 64). The editorial states that the...more

California’s Cap-and-Trade Regulations Extended Through 2030 – A Victory for Climate Policy and Business Alike

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On July 17, 2017, the California Assembly and the Senate voted to extend California’s Cap-and-Trade Program from 2021 to 2030 (Assembly Bill (“AB”) 398). Governor Brown is widely expected to sign the bill in the coming...more

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns West Virginia District Court’s Order Requiring EPA to Evaluate Clean Air Act Employment...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On June 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (“the Fourth Circuit”) ruled that a West Virginia federal district court had erred in concluding that it had jurisdiction to consider a lawsuit filed by Murray...more

Local Ballot Measures: Continuing Legal and Political Points of Division

by Nossaman LLP on

A recent swell of local ballot measures throughout the State and the controversy and case law that has resulted serve to remind the Elections Law/Land use lawyer that more than a little caution is warranted, as the web of...more

Responsibility for German Nuclear Waste Shifts With Creation of State-owned Fund

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In early July 2017, operators of German nuclear power plants initiated the next step in the process of decommissioning by transferring €24 billion to the new state-owned fund for nuclear power plant waste disposal. The...more

Key Takeaways from CELF's Annual Jasper Research Seminar

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Canadian Energy Law Foundation (CELF) held its Annual Jasper Research Seminar in mid-June, the 56th year this world class event has been held in Alberta. Energy practitioners presented on critical legal issues in the...more

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