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Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #3

Department of Interior Rescinds OSM Enforcement Policies - On October 12, 2017, the Department of the Interior ("DOI") withdrew two prior Office of Surface Mining ("OSM") policies affecting mining operations. DOI rescinded...more

Catalogue of Solid Waste Forbidden to Import into China: Solid Waste Association of North America October 11th Update to States

The Solid Waste Association of North America (“SWANA”) sent an October 11th “update” to state officials regarding the People’s Republic of China intent to update its Catalogue of Solid Waste Forbidden to Import into China...more

EC Proposes to Amend REACH Annexes to Address Nanomaterials

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On October 9, 2017, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation on a draft regulation that would amend Annexes I, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress returned after Labor Day for a busy September and acted quickly to avoid a government shutdown by passing stop gap funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and raising the debt ceiling. The already crowded congressional...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear - "Rick Perry is using an authority granted to him as U.S. energy secretary to call on the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change its rules...more

U.S. Trade Commission Finds Domestic Injury from Foreign Solar Imports

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a ruling highly anticipated and hotly debated in the solar industry, the U.S. International Trade Commission determined in a unanimous 4-0 decision today that foreign imports of solar modules caused “serious injury” to...more

JRC Publishes NANoREG Toolbox for the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials

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The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) has published the NANoREG Toolbox for the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials. As reported in our May 8, 2017, blog item, JRC previously published a Science for Policy...more

Corporate social responsibility and diversity policies: comply or explain

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On 11 September 2017, Belgium published a new bill requiring certain large companies to disclose "non-financial" (relating to social, environmental and employee matters, protection for human rights, anti-corruption and...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

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Latin America continues its march towards sustainability, ushering forth a spate of new bills related to chemicals and packaging. Argentina moves forward with an EPR bill for tires. Brazil proposes major new initiatives that...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2017 #5

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Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S. and Mexico reach deal to conserve Colorado River water - McClatchy DC - Sep 27 - The United States and Mexico unveiled a nine-year agreement Wednesday to preserve the...more

Switzerland Intends to Require Notification of Fibrous Nanomaterials Placed on the Market

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On September 29, 2017, Switzerland notified the European Commission (EC) of a draft amendment to the Ordinance on Protection against Dangerous Substances and Preparations. The notification states that the Ordinance on...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#4

U.S. Crude Exports to Asia May Shake Up Global Oil Pricing: Russell "The great disruptor that is U.S. shale oil is coming to Asia, as refiners in the energy-hungry region look to expand and diversify their sources of...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - The Global Future

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Regional trading systems are expected to expand and increase their connections with one another - Carbon pricing and trading regimes are developing regionally in a bottom-up approach, rather than through a global top-down...more

ECHA Announces RAC Concludes on Opinion for Harmonized Classification and Labeling for Titanium Dioxide

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on September 27, 2017, that the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) concluded on ten opinions for harmonized classification and labeling (CLH), including titanium dioxide. In...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective: Japan

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government's and Saitama Prefecture's schemes are connected as Japan considers a national scheme - Similar in some ways to regional emissions trading schemes in the US and Canada, Japan has locally...more

5 Things Reflected in the ITC’s Suniva Injury-Phase Vote and What Comes Next

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The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted unanimously on September 22, 2017, for an affirmative determination of injury to U.S. producers of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) products, such as solar cells,...more

ITC Decision Could Cloud Outlook for Solar Project Developers

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A recent decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") could have long-term consequences for the U.S. solar industry. On September 22, 2017, the ITC found, by a vote of 4-0, that rising imports have caused...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - European Union

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The world's biggest trading scheme sees proposals intended to stabilize the market and links to Switzerland - The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is the world's first and biggest international emissions...more

OECD Tour de Table Highlights International Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

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On September 27, 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a corrected version of the Developments in Delegations on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials — Tour De Table, which...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - UK

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EU's trading scheme framework dominates, but Brexit brings uncertainty - As early as 2002, the UK began preparing for international emissions trading. It initiated a pilot emissions trading scheme (UK ETS) in anticipation...more

Remedy Phase Begins after ITC Finds that Imports Injured US Solar Industry

Today the US International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a unanimous decision under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 that imported solar panels are the “substantial cause” of serious injury or the threat of serious injury...more

U.S. Solar Industry Braces for Potential Tariffs After U.S. International Trade Commission Decision

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After the U.S. International Trade Commission's (ITC) ruling on September 22 that importers of solar panels have seriously injured domestic solar panel manufacturers, the U.S. solar industry is set for a period of...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - Mexico

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Implementation of a cap-and-trade program and compliance market is expected by 2021 - In 2012, Mexico enacted the General Law on Climate Change (GCCL), which required the creation of a national registry for greenhouse...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - Canada

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Ontario and Québec lead the way in developing trading schemes - Canada's federal government recently entered into an agreement with eight Canadian provinces and three Canadian territories that is likely to accelerate the...more

EC Begins Consultation on Revising Recommendation on Definition of Nanomaterial

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On September 15, 2017, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation on the revision of the 2011 EC Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial. The EC intended the definition to achieve consistent...more

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