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EPA Issues Proposed Rule for Prioritizing Existing Chemicals for Risk Review - Proposed Four-Step Process Aims to Incentivize...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published its proposed rule for the prioritization of existing chemicals for the risk evaluation mandated under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Exponential growth in net zero energy buildings predicted for the next two decades - Building Design + Construction - Jan 5 - The global market for products and services...more

Early January Environmental Odds And Ends

“The old order changeth, yielding place to new.” January 2017 has been a very active month, with several important environmental and federal administrative court rulings being issued, and many significant rules being proposed...more

TSCA: EPA Proposes Regulation of TCE Use in Vapor Degreasing under TSCA Section 6(a)

In an expected action, on January 11, 2017, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a proposed rule under Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to regulate the use of...more

Sustainability Reporting Trends in the New Year – ’16 going on ‘17

If you’re feeling uncertain or confused about the future of sustainability reporting in the United States, you’re not alone. With the business world’s adoption of sustainability reports moving full steam ahead—and increasing...more

Environmental Enforcement Under Trump – Be Careful What You Wish For

Regardless of whether you are a Trump supporter or Trump hater, and there certainly seems to be very few people who are indifferent to the guy, trying to prognosticate what he will do is very difficult. He is a political...more

The Notion of “Ecological Prejudice” Now in the French Civil Code

With the Biodiversity Law n°2016-1087 of August 8, 2016, the French Civil code now formally recognises “ecological prejudice” (préjudice écologique) as a category of indemnifiable damage. The move is symbolically significant...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2017 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S. Supreme Court to hear Clean Water Act jurisdictional dispute - Reuters - Jan 13 - The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to resolve a dispute over which court should...more

The NSR Regulations Still Make No Sense: The 6th Circuit Reverses the DTE Decision Based on a 1-Judge Minority Opinion

Last week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed – for the second time – a District Court decision granting summary judgment to DTE Energy in the United States’ case alleging that DTE Energy had violated EPA’s NSR...more

Record fine under sentencing guidelines

Southern Water is the latest company to receive a heavy fine for environmental offences, following a pollution incident in Kent in June 2012 where large amounts of sewage were expelled onto the Thanet coastline after pumping...more

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

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Promulgates Final TSCA Reporting And Recordkeeping Rule For Nanoscale Materials: After over a decade of effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on January 12, 2017, a...more

EPA Releases Final Policy to Address Acute Risks to Bees from Pesticides and Three Pollinator-Only R

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products (Mitigation Policy) which describes methods for addressing acute risks to bees...more

EPA Proposes Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory "Reset" Rule - Pragmatic Proposal Reflects Stakeholder Suggestions

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in today’s Federal Register its proposed approach to updating the list of chemical substances manufactured or processed in the United States, commonly known as...more

CalEnviroScreen 3.0 – Still the Wrong Tool for CEQA Review

On January 9, 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an “Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool,”...more

Florida Building Owners Going Solar: Legal Considerations

As the cost of customer-sited solar power-generation plummets, more and more commercial and industrial electric customers are turning to solar power to cut their energy costs....more

News from the Vermont State House - Legislative Updates for the 2017 Session

Newly-elected lawmakers in both houses got the news about where they will spend most of their days this session when committee assignments were handed out. Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, gave House members...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The emissions cheating scandal that recently cost VW $4.3 billion and a mess of criminal indictments isn’t, it seems, confined to the Germans. We heard months ago about a similar probe into Mitsubishi, and yesterday we...more

Comment Period Begins for EPA CERCLA 108(b) Bonding Rule for Hardrock Mining Industry

On January 11, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule for financial assurance requirements under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act for the hardrock...more

Nationwide Permits Issued and Reissued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers

In a final rulemaking issued on January 12, 2017, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) reissued 50 existing nationwide permits (NWPs), general conditions, and definitions, with some modifications. Simultaneously,...more

Subsurface Intrusion Pathway Will Now Be Considered During CERCLA Site Listing Process Under New EPA Rule

On January 9, 2017, EPA issued a final rule adding subsurface intrusion (SsI) as a component to the Hazard Ranking System (HRS), which is the mechanism that is used for determining the eligibility of sites for CERCLA’s...more

Pennsylvania Court Issues Groundbreaking Decision Limiting the Government’s Ability to Assess Penalties for Alleged “Continuing...

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled that once an unpermitted discharge ceases, violations under The Clean Streams Law cease, even when pollution continues to persist in waters of the Commonwealth. While this places...more

EPA Promulgates Final TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule for Nanoscale Materials

After over a decade of effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on January 12, 2017, a final rule under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) establishing reporting and recordkeeping...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The headline a few days ago was the arrest of VW exec Oliver Schmidt during an ill-advised trip to Miami last week. But the DOJ also indicted five other top executives over their role in VW’s emissions cheating scandal. No...more

China focuses on Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws

The Supreme People’s Court (SPC), China’s highest judicial body, issued a judicial interpretation on December 26, 2016 which defines 18 types of environmental crimes as “serious environmental pollution” and identifies 13...more

PDVSA and the Stench of Corruption

Of all the stench from corruption, not much is more odious than that from the Venezuelan state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). Whether it is shaking down contractors for Rolex watches to simply schedule a...more

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