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News from the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Charities- California Attorney General Sues Veterans Charities for Alleged Misuse of Funds- California AG Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against charity organizations Warriors Support Group and Central Coast Equine...more

RCRA Update: New Hazardous Waste Generator Rule Goes Into Effect in May 2017

EPA’s final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule (“Rule”), which goes into effect on May 30, 2017, contains approximately 60 revisions to the hazardous waste generator regulatory program. The revisions focus on...more

California’s New Prop. 65 Warning Regulations Put Primary Burden for Providing Warning on Manufacturers

by Bryan Cave on

Companies that do business in California should be familiar with Proposition 65, which prohibits knowingly and intentionally exposing consumers to a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive harm without...more

California Adds New Priority Consumer Product for Green Chemistry Regulation

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

California’s innovative Safer Consumer Products regulations, also known as the Green Chemistry Initiative, are ready for another step forward with the proposed inclusion of Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Systems containing...more

TSCA Amendment: Upcoming Inventory Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 22, 2016, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Amendment), which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was signed into law. Under this amendment, EPA was authorized, amongst...more

California to Require Domestic Water Suppliers to Test School Drinking Water for Lead

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The State Water Resources Control Board recently adopted an amendment to all Domestic Water Supply Permits it issues to public water systems that supply drinking water. The amendment requires domestic water suppliers for...more

EPA Proposes Rules to Implement TSCA Reform

by Jones Day on

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law on June 22, 2016. We previously summarized that bill's key changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA"). This Commentary highlights...more

Marketing Genetically Engineered Crops Just Got Easier: CRISPR Deletion Mutant Crops May Face Reduced Regulatory Hurdles

From the earliest days of recombinant DNA technology, there has been worry in the policy community and among the public about the release and consumption of genetically engineered (GE) crops, especially crops for human...more

TSCA Reset to Affect Nearly All Manufacturers, Importers and Processors

Companies that have manufactured or imported chemical products in the U.S. in the past ten years (alone or formulated in products and mixtures) should plan now to comply with new rules requiring them to identify and report...more

PHMSA Adjusts Incident Reporting in Response to Public Comment

by King & Spalding on

The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently revised submission requirements for incident reporting by operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. While the December 27, 2016 notice appears...more

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

by King & Spalding on

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

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

by King & Spalding on

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

WARNING: Proposition 65 Warning Requirements Have Changed

by K&L Gates LLP on

Thirty years after its enactment, California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (commonly referred to as “Proposition 65”) remains an undiminished irritant to businesses who sell products that are used in...more

California Issues New Guidance for Alternatives Analysis for Safer Consumer Products

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has taken another step forward with proposed guidance on how to perform the required “alternatives analysis” by manufacturers of certain consumer products sold in the state. The...more

EPA reveals first 10 chemicals to be reviewed under a more robust toxic substances act

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On November 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the first 10 chemicals that it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), 15...more

EPA Adds Vapor Intrusion to Hazard Ranking. Can You Say “Deck Chairs on the Titanic?”

EPA has finally issued a final rule including vapor intrusion in the Hazard Ranking System. The good news is that this is appropriate, because VI is one of the few real hazards regulated by the Superfund program. The bad...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump picks Scott Pruitt to lead EPA - New York Times - Dec 7 - President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally...more

EPA Selects First 10 Chemicals for TSCA Risk Evaluations

by King & Spalding on

A Set of "Blueprints" for Future Reviews? - In satisfaction of a mid-December deadline under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA has issued the required initial list of ten “high...more

The Ninth Circuit Kills GMO Pesticide Regulations in Hawaii Counties

On November 18, 2016, the Ninth Circuit issued five rulings rejecting three Hawaii counties’ attempts to regulate pesticides and genetically modified crops, finding that the regulations were preempted by state and federal...more

Toxic Substances and Control Act Overhaul

Under the recently amended Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA), EPA is bound by new requirements and enforceable timetables to complete risk assessments for chemicals manufactured, distributed and imported to the United...more

Regulatory Burdens On Retailers Continue to Evolve

by Snell & Wilmer on

In the run up to the Presidential Election, you may have missed some of the following regulatory developments that might impact your business....more

With the passage of Proposition 67, the question is “Would you like paper or…paper?”

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 67, the statewide ban on carry-out plastic bags, by 52 percent. At the same time, California voters rejected Proposition 65 by 55 percent–a measure that would have...more

What To Know About PHMSA's New Emergency Authority Rule - October 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Law360, New York (October 24, 2016, 11:47 AM EDT) -- On Oct. 14, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published an interim final rule (IFR) establishing procedures to implement new imminent hazard...more

Landmark Reform of Federal Chemicals Law Will Significantly Impact Chemical Manufacturers and Users

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century Act (“Lautenberg Act”), a sweeping and historic overhaul of our nation’s primary chemical management law, the...more

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