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Maine DEP Proposes Hazardous Waste Rule Changes

Last week, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) announced a proposal to amend its Hazardous Waste rules to allow certain paints to be managed as universal waste. While the proposed rules may appear...more

Has the Presence of Smartphone Recycling Kiosks in Major U.S. Cities Affected the Incidence of Robbery and Larceny?

In recent years, many areas of the United States have experienced a surge in crimes involving the theft of mobile devices. According to Consumer Reports, an estimated 3.1 million mobile devices were stolen in the United...more

SB-1281 Amended to Remove Requirement for Oil, Gas Drillers to Use Recycled Water

SB-1281 faced strong industry opposition due to the bill’s requirement that oil and gas drilling companies use recycled water for new operations during drought emergencies. Industry representatives have stated that such...more

Solid Waste Change of Direction: “Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority”

Public Act 14-94 creates a “Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority” (MIRA) as successor to the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA). The bill sets ambitious goals for solid waste management and recycling –...more

EPA Issues Final Rule Revising RCRA Standards for Cathode Ray Tubes Exported for Reclamation

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) strengthening the standards for cathode ray tubes (CRTs) exported for reclamation....more

Are Oil and Gas Producers Protecting the Environment?

In their search for Utopia, some opponents of oil and gas drilling ignore innovation … What’s harmful now will forever be that way....more

FTC’s Recent Enforcement Cases for Misleading Recycled Content Claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has stepped-up its enforcement initiatives and recently settled two cases with companies that market plastic lumber and related products. FTC alleged that these companies misled consumers in...more

Drought Conditions Cause Eagle Ford Operators to Find Wastewater Recycling Solutions

Amidst what the National Drought Mitigation Center has classified as abnormal to severe drought conditions, operators in Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale formation are taking steps to increase their ability to recycle wastewater...more

Railroad Commission of Texas Hosts Water Conservation & Recycling Symposium

Water is a hot topic these days. Drought. Water rights. Earthquakes and saltwater disposal wells. On May 22, 2014, the Railroad Commission of Texas (“RRC”) facilitated presentations by representatives from the oil and gas...more

State Water Board Looks to Streamline Recycled Water Use Permits

The proposed order responds to California’s current — and probable future — drought conditions. Public meeting scheduled for June 3. The State Water Resources Control Board released a draft order establishing General...more

More Companies Offering Water Recycling Services

As previously reported, oil and gas companies are seeking innovative and economical solutions to decrease their reliance on fresh water in hydraulic fracturing operations. Although obstacles remain, water recycling may prove...more

New Paint Collection Program Enacted In Maine, Effective In 2015

Joining a growing list of western and New England states, Maine has just enacted a paint collection program for “post-consumer” paint....more

FTC Seeks to Undo Another Small, Completed Transaction

This week, the FTC announced a proposed consent agreement to alter another completed transaction that was too small to be reported under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (“HSR Act”)....more

Blue Cart Recycling Program

This summer Chicago expanded its blue cart recycling program to an additional 61,000 households....more

Recycling of Frack Water Likely to Grow

In Texas, where hydraulic fracturing operations use up more than fifty percent of water use in certain counties, recycling of frack water could significantly impact the stressed resource. To date, only a small fraction of the...more

European Union Requests Consultations in First WTO Case Against Russia

On 9 July 2013, the European Union (EU) formally challenged Russia on its recycling fee for imported vehicles by requesting consultations under the WTO dispute settlement system. This is the first WTO dispute initiated...more

DTSC Rulemaking Proposes to Classify All Discarded Solar Panels As Hazardous Waste

On June 27, California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (“DTSC”) announced a 15 day comment period on new regulations concerning the disposal of photovoltaic (PV) modules—broadly defined as “any photovoltaic device...more

Legislative Update: New Texas Laws Affecting the Environment or Environmental Regulation

This Texas legislative session brought several notable environment- and energy-related changes. The major standouts are culled and summarized in this Pillsbury Legislative Update....more

Genie in a Bottle? Filling the Budget Gap by Expanding Massachusetts’s Bottle Redemption Law

This newsletter provides information on Massachusetts’ bottle redemption law and discusses the status of a new proposal to expand the law to other beverage containers....more

Superfund Liability for the Repair of a Useful Product

A few months ago, I blogged on the decision in Duke Energy Progress Inc. v. Alcan Aluminum Corporation where a court held that a company would not be held liable for selling used transformers to a recycling facility for...more

Massachusetts Releases Its Revised Solid Waste Master Plan: Are We Really on a Pathway to Zero Waste?

On Tuesday, MassDEP announced release of its updated Solid Waste Master Plan, subtitled “Pathway to Zero Waste.” The Plan’s most significant discussion relates to the state of the solid waste market and the Plan’s goal for...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 17, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Government Accountability...more

Employee Is Protected By Whistleblower Provisions Of The Labor Code When He Or She Reports Illegal Conduct By A Fellow Employee

A terminated employee brought claims against his former employer for wrongful termination in violation of the California False Claims Act (“CFCA”), public policy, and the whistleblower protections provided by the Labor Code. ...more

Weekly Law Resume - February 7, 2013: Protection for Whistleblowers Extended From Employers to Violations by Third Parties,...

Brian McVeigh v. Recology San Francisco et al. Court of Appeal, First District (January 31, 2013) Under the California False Claims Act (“CFCA”), whistleblowers are given protection when they disclose information to...more

Patent Watch: Accent Packaging, Inc. v. Leggett & Platt, Inc.

"[A] device does not infringe simply because it is possible to alter it in a way that would satisfy all the limitations of a patent claim." On February 4, 2013, in Accent Packaging, Inc. v. Leggett & Platt, Inc., the...more

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