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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Legislature extends state's cap-and-trade program in rare bipartisan effort to address climate change - Los Angeles Times - Jul 17 - California lawmakers voted Monday...more

State Programs to Encourage Zero-Emitting Generation Are Constitutional

Late last month, the 2nd Circuit Court of appeals rejected a challenge to Connecticut laws intended to encourage use of renewable energy. Earlier this month, Judge Manish Shah, of the Northern District of Illinois, issued a...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s extension of cap-and-trade provides more certainty to cleantech - Greentech Media - Jul 18 - Late Monday night, California lawmakers approved a group of bills that extend the...more

EPA Fails to Justify Its Use of Surrogates for Certain Hazardous Air Pollutants

July 18, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals remanded EPA’s MACT standards for PCBs, polycyclic organic matter, and hexachlorobenzene to EPA. Rather than setting specific MACT standards for these compounds, EPA regulated...more

Journal of Nanobiotechnology Publishes Special Issue on Swiss National Research Program on the “Opportunities and Risks of...

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The Journal of Nanobiotechnology published a special issue on the outcome of Switzerland’s five-year National Research Program on the “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” (NRP 64). The editorial states that the...more

EIR Need Not Analyze Consistency With GHG Executive Order

Cleveland National Forest Foundation et al. v. San Diego Association of Governments et al. (July 13, 2017, Case No. S223603) - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court upheld the San Diego Association of Governments’...more

Court Rejection of FERC’s Actions on PJM MOPR Filing Likely to Change FERC Decision Making

by Cozen O'Connor on

On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) actions modifying PJM’s Minimum Offer Price Rule filing. NRG Power Marketing, LLC, et al. v....more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2017 #2

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Renewable Energy Focus - DOE’s SunShot awards $46M for solar tech-to-market research - Greentech Media - Jul 13 - The Department of Energy may be facing potentially massive budget cuts and interference in how it...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017 #2

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Sustainable Development Focus - Chicago grabs lead in green office buildings, study shows - Bloomberg - Jul 6 - Chicago now has the highest percentage of certified LEED or Energy Star office buildings, 66...more

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

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TSCA/FIFRA - EPA Releases Final Test Guideline For Performance Against Bed Bugs: On June 14, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of a final test guideline, Laboratory Product...more

EPA Releases Proposed 2018 RFS Volume Requirements

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On July 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2018,...more

Bipartisan Renewable Chemicals Bill Introduced In The House

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 29, 2017, Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Ryan Costello (R-PA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Linda Sánchez (D-CA) introduced the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017 to the House. If enacted, the legislation would...more

At the One-Year Mark, the EPA’s Existing Chemical Review Process is Taking Shape: What Does That Mean for Your Business?

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a series of actions implementing its new authority to review the safety of chemicals already in U.S. commerce under the recently amended Toxic...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2017

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Renewable Energy Focus - Solar and wind farm construction costs fell in recent years - Solar Industry Magazine - Jul 5 - Based on U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey data for new, utility-scale...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017

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Sustainable Development Focus - Sustainable design of communities dramatically reduces waste - Scientific American - Jun 26 - In the past decade, the construction and retrofitting of individual homes to reduce...more

Canada Intends to Publish Nanoscale Prioritization Results in 2018

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According to the July 7, 2017, issue of the Chemicals Management Plan Progress Report, Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada are in the process of prioritizing nanoscale forms of substances on the Domestic...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2017

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Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court upholds restrictions on Encinitas seawall - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 6 - The California Supreme Court dealt a blow Thursday to two coastal property...more

Baker-Polito Administration Supports Clean Energy Education with $960,000 in STEM Learning Grants

On June 22, 2017 the Baker-Polito Administration announced $960,000 in grants for STEM and clean energy learning programs for six Massachusetts high schools to help direct students towards STEM higher education majors and...more

ECHA Announces Two Decisions on Appeals Related to Nanomaterials

On June 30, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Board of Appeal published two decisions related to nanomaterials. In the July 5, 2017, issue of ECHA Weekly, ECHA states that the Board of Appeal “largely upheld the...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #5

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Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. mayors back 100% renewable energy, vow to fill climate leadership void - InsideClimate News - Jun 26 - As the nation's mayors closed their annual meeting on Monday in Miami Beach,...more

CEINT Seeks Comments on Proposed ISA-TAB-Nano Templates

The Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) seeks comments on the NANoREG-proposed ISA-TAB-nano templates. According to CEINT, the ISA-TAB-nano file sharing format, developed under the National...more

NAS Releases Final Report on Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology

On June 30, 3017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) released its final version of its report Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology, which it states “analyzes the future landscape of...more

Synthetic Genomics Inc. Announces Breakthrough In Algae Biofuel Research

On June 19, 2017, Synthetic Genomics Inc. announced a breakthrough in its collaboration with ExxonMobil involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content to 40 percent without significantly...more

DOE Announces $32 Million In Funding For Small Businesses Developing Clean Energy Technology

On June 21, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that 32 small businesses across 18 states will receive a total of $32 million in grants to develop clean energy technologies that have a strong potential for...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - June 2017

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A Note from the Editors - Our June edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. The Leaders in the News...more

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