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May Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update provides insight into a number of energy-related developments at the federal level, including President Trump’s recently proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, the Senate’s failed efforts to turn...more

ECHA Publishes REACH Guidance for Nanomaterials

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on May 24, 2017, publication of five documents that it intends to help registrants preparing dossiers that cover nanoforms ahead of the 2018 registration deadline under the...more

Researchers Complete First EPA-Sanctioned GE Algae Field Trial

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and Sapphire Energy completed the first EPA-sanctioned outdoor field trial for GE algae, which was focused on understanding how GE algae perform in outdoor...more

TSCA Nanomaterial Reporting Rule: EPA Delays Effective Date and Releases Draft Guidance for Public Comment

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued its Draft Guidance on EPA’s Section 8(a) Information Gathering Rule on Nanomaterials in Commerce ( “Draft Guidance”) on May 16, 2017. See 82 Fed. Reg. 22452 (May 16,...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #3

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Renewable Energy Focus - Non-utility suppliers could serve 85% of load by mid-2020s, according to new CPUC report - Utility Dive - May 17 - A new report from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and...more

SEMI Will Host Webcast on New TSCA Requirements for Nanoscale Materials

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On June 1, 2017, in concert with industry partners, SEMI will host an information-sharing webcast concerning the new regulatory requirements for nanoscale materials under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Jim Alwood,...more

Senators Send SEC, EPA, Letter On Renewable Fuel Credit Market

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On May 9, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with seven additional Democratic Senators, sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the...more

Maine Senate Approves Bill To Support Bioplastics

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On May 2, 2017, the Maine Senate approved a bill to support Maine’s emerging biobased products industry. An Act to Improve the Ability of Maine Companies to Manufacture and Market Bioplastics (LD 656) would provide the Maine...more

University Of Maine Launches Demonstration Of Biomass To Bioproducts Pilot Plant

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On May 1, 2017, the University of Maine (UMaine) began a continuous 100-hour demonstration of a biomass to bioproducts pilot plant at its Technology Research Center (TRC). The plant, which is the result of a partnership...more

EPA Seeks Comment on Draft Guidance for Nanoscale Materials Reporting Rule

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register notice on May 16, 2017, announcing the availability of and requesting public comment on a draft guidance document entitled “Guidance on EPA’s Section...more

EIA Publishes February Biodiesel Production Report

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On April 28, 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its monthly biodiesel production report for February 2017. According to the report, U.S. biodiesel production increased by one million gallons...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #2

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Renewable Energy Focus - EIA charts utility-scale solar’s ‘rapid’ five-year growth - Solar Industry Magazine - May 4 - U.S. utility-scale solar installations, including both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal...more

EPA Will Publish Draft Guidance for Reporting Nanoscale Materials for Comment

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish a Federal Register notice on May 16, 2017, announcing the availability of and requesting public comment on a draft guidance document entitled “Guidance on...more

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

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TSCA/FIFRA - Lynn L. Bergeson, Environmental Quality Management, Winter 2016: On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The law substantially...more

DOE Hosts Tenth Annual Bioeconomy Conference

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The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting its tenth annual Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future conference on July 11-12, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia. As in years...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017 #2

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Senate unexpectedly rejects bid to repeal key Obama-era methane regulation - Washington Post - May 10 - The U.S. Senate narrowly voted down a resolution on Wednesday to repeal an...more

EPA Delays Effective Date of TSCA Section 8(a) Rule Concerning Nanoscale Materials

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on May 12, 2017, a Federal Register notice delaying the effective date of the January 12, 2017, rule concerning Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a)...more

RFA Sends Letter To EPA On RVO Rulemaking

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On April 24, 2017, Bob Dineen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting that the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations...more

Dumping Medicine: Make Sure Pharmaceutical Wastes Aren’t Left Behind By Regulatory Reform

Regulatory reform has dominated the Trump administration’s environmental policy agenda to date, fueled by Executive Orders requiring agencies to identify unnecessary regulations for revision or outright rescission, and to...more

Rare Grable Removal Sighted In Missouri

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Establishing federal jurisdiction over state-law claims through the Grable doctrine is rare, but a Missouri federal court recently reminded us that it is not impossible. In Bader Farms Inc. v. Monsanto Co., No....more

DOE Workshop On Biobased Functional Replacement Chemicals

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting a Workshop on Moving Beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance Advantaged Bio-Based Chemicals on June 1, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. The...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017

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Renewable Energy Focus - California Senate leader unveils new proposal to phase out use of fossil fuels to generate electricity - Los Angeles Times - May 2 - California would completely phase out the use of...more

JRC Publishes NANoREG Framework for the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials

The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) has published a Science for Policy report entitled NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials. The report was developed within the NANoREG project,...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017

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Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA, clean energy spared Trump's ax in $1.1 trillion budget deal - Bloomberg - May 1 - Environmental programs marked for termination or deep cuts by President Donald Trump got a...more

The Deepwater Horizon Catastrophe – 7 Years After

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I recently worked with a client on a presentation concerning the Deepwater Horizon disaster – an epic tragedy in 2010 that claimed the lives of 11 men, injured 17 others and poured 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of...more

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