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Republican Congressmen Introduce Legislation to Opt Out of Ninth Circuit

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R) recently introduced a bill that would remove several western states from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and move them to a proposed, to-be-created...more

eBook Doing Business in Massachusetts: A Guide to U.S. and Massachusetts Law for Non-U.S. Businesses

This guide is intended to provide foreign business-people with an introduction to the basic kinds of laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in the United States, and particularly in The Commonwealth of...more

2016 Washington Preview

Having completed the first session of the 114th Congress, many in Washington are quickly turning toward the 2016 elections. In the coming year, the headlines will undoubtedly be dominated by electioneering but, after a...more

US Policy Scan 2016

Virtually the only certain political outcome of 2016 is that voters will select a new president to enter the White House in 2017. Against this backdrop, the legislative and electoral outlook in Washington, DC, remains steeped...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - State lawmaker seeks to close old SoCal Gas wells in Aliso Canyon - Los Angeles Business - Jan 12 State Senator Fran Pavley is calling for Southern California Gas Co. to close older...more

President Obama Unveils 2016 Energy and Environment Agenda

Last month, the White House released its fall Unified Agenda, which provides a look at the various regulations being developed by each agency and where each is in the rulemaking process. In the energy and environment space,...more

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change Charts a Long-Term Plan for International Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions

On December 12, the United States and other Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) signed the historic Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties. We expect the Agreement to...more

Maine BEP Provisionally Adopts DEP's Proposed Revisions to Site Law Rules

On October 2, 2015, we reported on the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) proposal to revise three chapters of its rules under the Site Location of Development Law (Site Law), the statute under which the...more

North Carolina DENR is Now DEQ; New Audit Privilege and Limited Immunity Enacted

The Regulatory Reform Act of 2015 (the “Act”), passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in September and signed by Governor McCrory on October 22, made a number of significant changes to the state’s environmental laws. ...more

French perspectives of COP 21

France considers the agreement that will result from COP 21 in Paris as an essential part of the fight against the climate change. The French state attaches a particular importance to this agreement by reiterating several...more

Bullying in the Workplace – What Employers Need to Know

What happens when an employee reports a bullying incident on the plant floor or in the office, or for that matter, while at the company’s holiday party? Is that something that corporate management need to be concerned about?...more

SHE Matters: Business Implications of the Commission's New Circular Economy Strategy

Towards the end of 2015, the European Commission is due to publish its new, 'more ambitious' Circular Economy Strategy. The Strategy will develop proposals outlined in July 2014 which were controversially withdrawn at the...more

Two for Further Review?

It's that time of year again. Time for "Further Review." By that, I mean it's football season, and almost every week, millions of Americans watch in anticipation as black-and-white-striped NFL arbiters retreat to the...more

Presidential Memorandum on Natural Resources Mitigation Policy: Avoid, Minimize and Compensate

President Barack Obama recently ordered the heads of five federal agencies (U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic...more

Coming Soon to a Project Near You: Advance Compensation

Earlier this month, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum on “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment.” If that portentous title isn’t enough to make...more

If A Tree Falls In The (Urban) Forest … Does CEQA Apply? Sixth District Holds City Of Santa Cruz’s Amendment Of Tree Protection...

When California local governments stretch their resources too far to regulate private conduct and property rights in the name of environmental protection, CEQA can make it quite onerous to undo what has been done. And one can...more

Another Season of Change in North Carolina Environmental Law – Part I

The 2015 North Carolina legislative session resulted in a great deal of change for the state’s environmental agency and for the statutory programs it administers. The legislative session saw fundamental organizational changes...more

Denmark Posts Several Publications Concerning Nanomaterials

On November 10, 2015, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency posted the following publications concerning nanomaterials: - Environmental assessment of nanomaterial use in Denmark: This is the concluding report of the...more

EPA Launches New Web Page on Secondary and Service Containers for Pesticides

On November 6, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has a new webpage that compiles information about secondary containers and service containers for pesticides. Secondary and service...more

Compliance with the Clean Air Act Increasingly Unlikely to Protect Companies from Nuisance Suits

A recent decision out of the Sixth Circuit found that the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) does not preempt common law claims brought against an emitter based on the law of the state in which the emitter operates. This decision, Merrick...more

CERCLA Update: Court Reverses Divisibility Ruling

Earlier this year, we reported on a case that seemed to breathe new life into the divisibility defense under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).  Under CERCLA, a party that...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Issue Final Rule Defining “Waters of the United States”...

On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (collectively, the “Agencies”) issued a final rule defining “Waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) under the Clean Water Act....more

Climate Change and Creative Problem Solving

A story in the New York Times recently portrays the ice cap in Greenland as rapidly disappearing. (NYT). Indeed, the pictures are dramatic. The story is based on experiences and observations from scientists working in the...more

Pennsylvania Township Moves to Revive an Ordinance Banning Disposal of Wastewater from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities, After...

On October 26, 2015, Grant Township, Pennsylvania, filed a Motion for Reconsideration of Western District of Pennsylvania District Court Magistrate Judge Susan Baxter’s October 14, 2015, ruling invalidating several elements...more

Electronic Reporting to be the NPDES Rule

After a lengthy public notice and comment period, the final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) Electronic Reporting Rule was published in the Federal Register on October 22, 2015, and will become...more

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