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NRDC and EEI Issue Joint Statement on Decoupling, Net Metering?

The Natural Resources Defense Council ??(“NRDC”) and the Edison Electric Institute?? (“EEI”) ?announced last week that they agree – in principle – that certain changes are needed to the rate ?structures of electric utilities....more

When a "Date Certain" for a Chromium 6 MCL isn't Exactly Certain

An Update on Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. California Department of Health - On Friday, January 24, 2014, pursuant to authorization provided in the Alameda County Superior Court's December 17, 2013 order...more

Drinking Water Standards: How Fast is Fast Enough to Finalize the Chromium-6 MCL?

The race to adopt a final primary drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium ("Cr-6") is on. Exactly how long the California Department of Public Health ("DPH") has to complete its work to finalize the Cr-6 maximum...more

Court Orders California Department of Public Health to Issue Final Chromium-6 Regulations by Spring 2014

On December 17, 2013, Judge Evelio Grillo of the Alameda County Superior Court ordered the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to finalize regulations establishing drinking water standards for hexavalent chromium...more

Federal Court Sends Conditional Registrations of Nanosilver Pesticides Back to EPA

Swiss company HeiQ Materials proposed to use new pesticides AGS-20 and AGS-20 (U) on manufactured textiles such as clothing, blankets, and carpet. Nanosilver is used in the pesticides to suppress microbes that cause odors and...more

China Government Questions 60 Firms Over Drug Prices

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) (the PRC government regulator responsible for price setting) announced in early July an investigation against 60 pharmaceutical companies for their drug pricing...more

New Western Catalog Details Preferential Foreign Investment Industries in Central and Western China

According to the state media agency Xinhua, Central and Western China received $19.21 billion USD of foreign investments in 2012, or 17.2 percent of the country’s total foreign investments ($111.7 billion USD)....more

Dog Bites Man: Supreme Court Edition

In a curious, but unsurprising, decision yesterday, in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. NRDC, the Supreme Court held that the flow of water containing pollutants from part of a river that has been culverted into a...more

Swimming Upstream: 9th Circuit CWA Cases Heading To SCOTUS

Originally published in Law360, New York on August 17, 2012. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review two U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Clean Water Act (CWA) cases. Both cases involve the extent to which...more

Do We Need the Precautionary Principle To Protect Us From Potential Risks From Nanotechnology? The NRDC Thinks So

In a prior rant, I raised the concern that EPA would oppose the use of new cleanup technologies based on nanotechnologies on the basis of the precautionary principle. I may not have been exactly on the mark, but I was pretty...more

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