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Germany Publishes Meeting Report from Expert Dialogue on Application of Nanotechnologies in the Construction Sector

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 1, 2017, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety published meeting documents from the Expert Dialogue on “Opportunities and Risks of the Application of...more

U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement Creates an Opening for China to Lead

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced during a speech at the White House that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, fulfilling a campaign pledge to end the agreement that the President argued would...more

ISO Standard Describes Aerosol Generation for Air Exposure Studies of Nano-Objects and Their Aggregates and Agglomerates

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently published standard ISO/TR 19601:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Aerosol generation for air exposure studies of nano-objects and their aggregates and agglomerates...more

Minamata Convention on Mercury Achieves Ratification: International Use and Mining of Mercury Targeted for Scale Down

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Minamata Convention on Mercury (Convention), a global treaty aimed at scaling down mercury use and production developed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), recently surpassed the 50-country threshold...more

Why Leaving the Paris Climate Accord Could Be a Good Thing

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

The climate change debate is too complex, agenda-driven, and politicized to be addressed adequately in these pages. But the hysteria and faux outrage over President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord...more

China’s New Pesticide Regulations Become Effective

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 1, 2017, in the People’s Republic of China (China), a newly revised Regulation on Pesticide Administration (RPA) became effective. The newly revised RPA was approved during the 164th executive meeting of the State...more

United States Announces Intent to Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord: What is the Real Impact?

by K&L Gates LLP on

On June 1, President Trump declared that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord (the “Agreement”). His announcement, though not unexpected, raises a host of questions on several legal, technical,...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, June 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Join the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health on June 27, 2017, for a day-long conference exploring the federal government’s implementation of the...more

ECHA Launches EU Observatory for Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 14, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the launch of the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON). ECHA states that EUON “offers a unique web-based information point with factual and...more

Safety, Health and Environment Matters - Spring 2017

by DLA Piper on

Shortly before this edition of SHE Matters went to press, the latest developments occurred in the long-running litigation between Client Earth and Government over air quality in the UK, excessive ambient levels of nitrogen...more

The Paris Agreement: Where We Were, Where We Are, Where We Are Going

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement (the “Agreement”), describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States...more

Sweden to Require Information on Nanomaterials in Product Register Notifications

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 7, 2017, Sweden notified the European Commission (EC) that it intends to amend the information requirements concerning the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s (KEMI) product register to require notifiers to provide information...more

ECHA Committee Concludes Titanium Dioxide Should Be Classified as Suspected of Causing Cancer When Inhaled

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 9, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) “concluded that the available scientific evidence meets the criteria in the [Classification, Labeling and Packaging...more

Call for Projects: Tunisia Launches its Renewable Energy Program

by Jones Day on

The Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has launched the first phase of its renewable energy program, which includes the development of 210 megawatts ("MW") as follows...more

ITC Opens Section 201 Investigation of Imported Solar Cells

On May 23, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) initiated an investigation in response to Suniva Inc.’s recent petition under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974. As noted in our alert earlier this week, Suniva...more

No Accord: Summarizing the U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

by Jones Day on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the "United States will cease all implementation" of the Paris Climate Accord. This Commentary provides a short summary of the impacts of President Trump's announcement....more

Mining Risks in Latin America: A Changing Landscape (Part 1)

by Zelle LLP on

Latin-America has some of the world’s largest mines. Chile’s Mina Escondida is the largest copper producing mine in the world. Mexico is the world’s largest silver producer. Chile is also posed to become the largest lithium...more

Minamata Convention to Take Effect in August, Restricting the Production and Usage of Mercury Worldwide

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On May 17, the European Union and seven EU member states ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, pushing past the 50-state threshold needed for its entry into force. The treaty – the most recent of the global...more

Battery storage - a new frontier

by DLA Piper on

In London on May 18 2017, DLA Piper convened a global gathering of around 150 guests to discuss the opportunities surrounding the emergence of battery storage in the global energy sector, Battery Storage - A New Frontier....more

EPA Proposes Extended Deadlines for Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Composite Wood Products

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a direct final rule that would extend compliance deadlines in its Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products. While this direct final rule does not address the...more

The Paris Agreement and the Auto Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With President Trump announcing that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the Auto Industry is sure to be impacted. But, how is definitely not known. One impact may be the development of “green car”...more

US Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement: Impact and Next Steps

by White & Case LLP on

President Trump's announcement that he would withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement is a setback to multi-country efforts to address global environmental issues. Within the United States, state...more

Trump decides to leave Paris climate accord

by Dentons on

Citing concerns for US economic competitiveness and sovereignty, President Donald Trump held a Rose Garden ceremony yesterday to announce that he is withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement. The US will remain part...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 11

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Appropriators Float 12-Bill Omnibus Before Recess: House Republicans are weighing an ambitious plan to pass a 12-bill appropriations package for fiscal 2018 ahead of the August recess, top GOP appropriators told CQ Roll...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Notable regional developments abound: Argentina has adopted new hazardous wastes storage rules; Brazil's dangerous good transportation regulations will go into effect shortly; the Chilean Senate unanimously passed a consumer...more

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