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EPA Proposes Rules to Implement TSCA Reform

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

DHS Releases Memos on Immigration

On February 20, 2017, Secretary John Kelly of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued two immigration memos entitled, “Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements...more

Secretary Kelly Issues Statement on Recent ICE Enforcement Actions

On February 13, 2017, Secretary John Kelly of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, released a statement regarding the recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations. ...more

Did U.S. executive order signal trouble for EU citizen privacy rights?

As President Trump settles into office, his administration has issued a flurry of executive orders aimed at reshaping the U.S. government. One order in particular may have a broader impact on global business than originally...more

Drone Operator Arrested in California for Operation Near Helicopter Rescue

On January 27, 2017, police in Pacifica, California arrested a drone operator for allegedly flying a drone near the scene of a helicopter rescue, which effectively delayed the rescue operation. Police and fire rescue...more

President Trump Issues Executive Orders on Immigration Issues

On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued two Executive Orders impacting immigration. As promised in his presidential campaign, the orders involve enhancing border security, but also include increased interior enforcement....more

Utility-Scale Battery Storage Systems: Legal Issues and Opportunities

Federal and state government mandates and incentives, combined with technological advances, have dramatically increased renewable energy sources during the past decade. Variable renewable energy sources such as solar and wind...more

Tips for Implementing Drones in Public Safety

The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released a report this week examining issues related to the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) for public safety purposes. “Considerations...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal report recommends gas-storage safety changes - OC Register - Oct 18 - A task force commissioned by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...more

NASA Announces Beyond Visual-Line-of-Sight UAS Test Flights

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS; commonly known as drones) this month beyond visual line-of-sight of their operators to test planning, tracking and alerting...more

New Use for Drones on Australian Beaches

In Western Australia’s South West beaches surveillance drones will hit the skies to increase swimmer safety by spotting sharks in the water. This project will take place over a three-month period (from November to January)...more

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Adopts Emergency Rule Imposing New Notice Requirements

In response to the storm-related sewage and sinkhole-related discharges at the Mosaic facility in Mulberry, Florida, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published two rulemaking notices on September 27, both...more

EPA IG's Concerns About Oversight of Hospital Disinfectants Reinforces Need for Robust Infection Control Programs

On September 19, 2016, the Inspector General (IG) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the latest in a long line of reports identifying flaws in EPA’s process for ensuring the efficacy of hospital-grade,...more

FAA Issues Supplemental Rulemaking on Safety Management Systems

Seyfarth Synopsis: The FAA has gotten closer to a conceptual model for the safety management system requirements and standards that will be required for certified airports. At the World Safety Organization International...more

Top Ten Things To Know About Florida's Amendment 2

The Basics: Amendment 2 is a voter-initiated constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana possession and use. Amendment 2 establishes a caregiver-patient system for medical marijuana distribution. Caregivers must be...more

FDA Announces Dates for Long-Awaited Public Hearing on Its Regulation of Off-Label Communications

Times, They Are A-Changin’ - On Wednesday, FDA announced that it will hold a two-day public hearing on November 9th and 10th to obtain input from a broad cross-section of the health care industry, including...more

Drone Rules Raise Preemption Questions

The Federal Aviation Administration's recently announced rules for commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or drones), set to take effect later this month, provide long-awaited guidance to drone operators...more

Tenth Circuit Orders Truck Driver Who Abandoned Trailer on Interstate Highway to be Reinstated with Backpay

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Tenth Circuit held that a trucking company unlawfully retaliated against a truck driver after he abandoned a trailer on a public highway, finding that his actions constituted a protected refusal to...more

Hot CPSC Jurisdictional Issues: Does the CPSC Have Regulatory Authority Over Amusement Park Rides and Guns?

In the wake of two tragic amusement park ride accidents in Kansas and Tennessee, and the ongoing political debate in America over gun safety issues, we felt it timely to help answer a question that continues to be asked in...more

EPA Issues Final Rule Implementing Formaldehyde Emission Standards

Final rule seeks to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors by establishing emission standards and labeling requirements for certain wood products. Six years after the passage of the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for...more

PIPES Act Puts More Priorities in PHMSA’s Regulatory Pipeline

On June 22, 2016, the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act) was signed into law. The new law reauthorizes the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials...more

President Obama Signs PIPES Act of 2016, Reauthorizing PHMSA and Introducing New Mandates for Oil and Gas Pipeline Programs

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) oil and gas pipeline programs through 2019. Obama’s final stamp on the Protecting our...more

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Reauthorized

The newly enacted legislation further bolsters PHMSA’s growing oversight of storage and pipeline transport facilities. On June 22, US President Barack Obama signed the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and...more

Drone experts say human and machine should be treated the same when it comes to privacy and security

Last week I attended the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) in Arlington, Virginia. An “Ethics and Engineering” panel set forth some interesting questions for those individuals and businesses...more

The Last Set of Major FSMA Regulations Are Done!

The last of FDA’s seven “foundational” rules mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) was published at the end of last month, just a few days before the May 31, 2016 deadline agreed to by the Agency...more

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