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Mining the Deep Seabed for Renewable Energy

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Friday the China Minmetals Corporation signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for exploration of polymetallic nodules on the deep seabed of the Pacific Ocean. The ISA has now executed...more

Is Your Waste Coming or Going? EPA Revises Hazardous Waste Export-Import Rules and Reforms Generator Rules

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In late October 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted two final rules that will very shortly change procedures for those who export or import Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)...more

EPA Report Addresses Voluntary Strategies for Reducing Air Pollution at U.S. Ports

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

As part of its initiative to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases at U.S. ports, the EPA recently released a report that assesses strategies for pollution control and sustainable growth. The “National Port Strategy...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: an announcement by the International Criminal Court regarding the...more

New Ninth Circuit Decision Precluding CERCLA Liability for Airborne Emissions

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued in the long-running Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd. litigation another important decision further defining the scope of liability under the federal Comprehensive...more

How Will Brexit Impact Environmental and Energy Law?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following the recent UK referendum result, attention is now turning to the legal implications for specific policy areas. While the overwhelming majority of the UK’s environmental legislation is derived from EU...more

China Releases Ambitious Plan to Address Soil Pollution

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 28 May, the State Council, China’s highest administrative body, released the Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Soil Pollution (currently available only in Chinese) to address one of the nation’s most difficult and...more

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to the U.S.: U.S., India Seek Stronger Ties, Increased Trade

by King & Spalding on

The world’s largest democracy and the world’s most powerful democracy continue to seek ways to create deeper ties. Given larger geopolitical trends, it appears the relationship is blossoming, which presents opportunities for...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - Draft Environmental Assessment, Habitat Conservation Plan, and Application for an Incidental Take Permit for Piping Plover, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and...more

Utah oil sands mine slowed

by PretiFlaherty on

A Canadian company developing an oil sands mining and extraction project in Utah has announced a decision to "reduce the pace of field construction in order to maintain working capital flexibility," based on low oil...more

Primer on Paris climate change talks: An optimistic outlook

by Dentons on

Between November 30 and December 11, 2015, leaders from nearly 200 countries convened in Paris, France, to seek agreement on a global approach to combatting climate change. Hopes were high, but the question on everyone’s mind...more

SHE Matters: The Medium Combustion Plant Directive

by DLA Piper on

Ambitious new emission limits are to be introduced for medium combustion plants such as electricity generators and heating systems via the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (the Directive). This Directive has been fast...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Q3 2015

by DLA Piper on

On August 12, a series of explosions in the northern port-city of Tianjin killed over one hundred people and injured hundreds of others. The explosions were allegedly caused by hazardous chemical materials in shipping...more

100 subsurface areas of solid minerals and groundwater are auctioned in the Republic of Kazakhstan

by Dentons on

The RK Ministry of Investments and Development has approved a list of subsurface areas of solid minerals and groundwater subsurface use rights to which will be auctioned in Kazakhstan. The list includes 100 subsurface areas...more

Russian Legislation Update

by White & Case LLP on

Investments Industrial Clusters and Parks - On 31 July and 4 August 2015, the Government adopted Resolution No. 779 in relation to industrial clusters and their specialized organizations and Resolution No. 794 in...more

DOE Releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Northern Pass Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Northern Pass Transmission, LLC’s proposed 187-mile transmission line across the United States-Canada border in New...more

Dentons conference on “Investing in Africa: Key sectors”

by Dentons on

Dentons organized a conference entitled “Investing in Africa: Key sectors” at the MEDEF (the largest employer federation in France) conference hall in Paris. Partners from Dentons and professionals with experience in...more

Recent developments in Canada expected to impact climate change policy - Canada makes INDC commitment ahead of Paris COP

by Dentons on

Canada joined 36 other countries in May and submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC in advance of the Paris COP 21. Canada’s INDC is noteworthy in that it contains some interesting...more

Braving the Headwinds Hitting U.S. Wind Energy

by Blank Rome LLP on

The development of offshore wind projects in the U.S. has been a story of high hopes and many setbacks. Thus far, 2015 has perpetuated the same storyline, with major setbacks plaguing one of the major U.S. offshore wind...more

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 42

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 42 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in Maryland, Texas, and Wyoming. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide quick...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - New legislation proposed to extend ITC: PV-Tech - May 20: A new piece of legislation has been proposed that would help extend the investment tax credit (ITC) for both residential and commercial...more

Energy & Environment Update - April 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2014 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Fossil fuels just lost the race against renewables: Renewable Energy World - Apr 15: The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for...more

Ontario Unveils Plan to Join Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap-and-Trade System

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On the eve of a provincial premiers summit on climate change, the Ontario Government has announced it is joining with Quebec and California in a greenhouse gas ("GHG") cap-and-trade system. Ontario, Quebec and California are...more

Will U.S. Export-Import Bank Financing of Australian LNG Projects be Cast Adrift on the “High Seas” by the Endangered Species Act?

by K&L Gates LLP on

We have previously reported on cases in which opponents to energy projects continue to expand their challenges to include not just direct sponsors of the projects, but their financial supporters as well. In particular, we...more

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