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Mexico Introduces Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection Provisions for Hydrocarbon Pipelines

by Jones Day on

On March 31, 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources published general administrative provisions in the Official Gazette of the Federation. These administrative provisions establish the guidelines for...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 23 | March 2017

by Jones Day on

On January 20, 2017, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare issued the "Guidelines for Employers to Appropriately Manage Their Employees' Working Hours" ("Guidelines"). While the Guidelines basically follow the...more

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In...more

Outlook 2017: Administrative Levers and Mechanisms for Policy Change (Transcript)

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

What impact will the incoming Trump administration have on potential levers of policy change that are available to the Congress and the Executive branch? Having previously served with the Office of the Solicitor General and...more

EU Legislative Outlook 2017: At A Glance

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Sixty years ago in March, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany signed the Treaty of Rome, creating the economic union that today is the European Union (EU). The founding nations perhaps never...more

A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions

Behind the pomp and circumstance of Friday’s inauguration, President Donald J. Trump and his administration set their sights on deploying a new guard of regulatory and economic policies focused on reducing burdensome...more

EPA Must Consider Regulatory Impacts on Coal/Utility Industry Jobs and Plant Closure

by Snell & Wilmer on

On October 17, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia granted summary judgment to Murray Energy Corporation and its subsidiary coal companies, including UtahAmerican Energy, Inc. The decision...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: September 2016 #2

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: the GAO’s latest report on the conflict minerals rule; a civil...more

U.S. Solar Jobs Exceed Oil and Gas for First Time in 2015

According to a report released last week by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the number of U.S. solar jobs surpassed those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year. Overall, renewable...more

Feds Renew Focus on Worker Safety and Individual Accountability

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Massey Energy CEO Donald Blankenship reported to a California prison on May 12 to begin serving a one-year sentence for willfully violating mine safety standards. His conviction was related to the deadliest United States...more

Environmental Notes - May 2016

by Williams Mullen on

The news has been full of stories and articles concerning Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR), also referred to as coal ash. CCR became a hot topic in 2008 when a coal ash pond at a utility plant in Tennessee spilled more than 5...more

Environmental Notes - April 2016

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EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance recently proposed changes to its National Program Manager (NMP) Guidance that, in part, would revise EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) for federal fiscal...more

When is a Reward a Bribe? OSHA Policy Limits Workplace Safety Incentive Programs

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Years ago, my employer gave employees a coaster every quarter that the group had no OSHA reportable incidents. Now it would have been in violation to have such a program. Despite criticism from workers compensation carriers...more

A Beginner’s Guide to OSHA’s Final Silica Rule

On March 24, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule was published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2016....more

E2 Report Finds Clean Energy Employs 2.5 Million Americans

Last week Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) released a report entitled “Clean Jobs America,” a comprehensive analysis of clean energy and clean transportation jobs in the United States. The study found that over 2.5 million...more

Minerals Matters - Winter 2016

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters and the first one of 2016. Last year was, on the whole, positive for the sector. We had the drama of the UK General Election and the surprisingly decisive outcome which...more

News from Second and State

The second week of budget hearings have come and gone with no real fanfare and nothing especially earth-shaking to report. On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee heard budget requests from the Office of Attorney...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2016 #1

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Labor Commissioner Proposes Independent Contractor Legislation - Few issues have proven to be as perennially vexing to the legislature as the definition of “independent contractor.” Legislators hear repeated complaints...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2015

by King & Spalding on

Guaranteed Sunshine: Performance and Testing of Solar Power Projects - This article is the third of three articles on solar power projects and discusses testing and performance guarantees in the context of engineering,...more

Congress breathes new life into expired tax provisions and adopts other changes

by Dentons on

Permanence for R&D credit, small business expensing and other popular tax provisions - The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, or as it is more commonly known, the "Omnibus," does more than just fund the federal...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, December 2015.

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

EPA Issues Final Rule Adding 1-Bromopropane To EPCRA Section 313 List: On November 23, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule adding 1-bromopropane to the list of toxic chemicals subject to...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Oversight Committee’s Investigation into Good Will-Hinckley Hiring Controversy Concludes - On...more

Alert: Climate Change and Pension Fund Investments

by Cooley LLP on

On October 22 the US Department of Labor ("DOL") issued Interpretive Bulletin 2015-01 (published in the Federal Register on October 26 and effective on that date) setting forth its supplemental views concerning the legal...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House 11/6/2015

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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Pulp and Paper Industry Summit on November 17 - “These are not your grandfather’s paper...more

Energy Insights: An Update from the Third Quarter of 2015

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In this edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s Energy Insights Newsletter our Energy and Clean Technologies team covers important developments in Q3 2015 for the energy industry including 1) the latest initiatives from the Environmental...more

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