Recycling

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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

Hydraulic Fracturing: New Developments in Water Disposal Reuse and Recycling

In This Presentation: • Water Consumption & Reuse Projections • Regulatory Overview – Federal: UIC exempton/EPA Study – State: RRC MOU/Rule Proposals • Property, Ownership, and Common Law Issues • Earthquake...more

REGULATORY: Environmental: Proposed Rules in Texas Expected to Encourage Recycling of Used Fracking-Fluids By Harold Shaw

Recognizing that its existing rules for the oil and gas industry do not adequately address developing trends involving fracking-fluid recycling, the Texas Railroad Commission has proposed some significant regulatory changes....more

Massachusetts Water Innovation Mission to Israel

Israel is considered a global leader with respect to water innovation — it recycles 86% of its water and operates the largest desalination plant in the world at the lowest operating expense....more

Retail Industry Alert: December 2012 - What You Need to Know About the Changes to California’s Rigid Plastic Packaging Container...

Are you a manufacturer of products sold in plastic containers such as tools, consumer electronics, cosmetics, dish soap or soft drinks? Are you a company that rebrands these types of products for sale in your retail stores? ...more

Massachusetts: Top 10 Issues in 2013 on Beacon Hill

This article provides insight into some of the most pressing issues facing Massachusetts policymakers as the 2013–2014 legislative session approaches. With the November 2012 election behind us and the New Year upon us,...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2012

In This Issue: - DISPUTE RESOLUTION: - Tort Litigation: Reforming NEPA Review of Energy Projects - TRANSACTIONAL: - Transactions: Allocation of Ship-Shore Liability: Use of Port Liability Agreements to...more

Research On Flowback Recycling, Wastewater Treatment Commencing In Ohio

As shale drilling sites continue coming online in the Utica Shale region, the demand for alternative means of managing the wastes produced by drilling operations has never been stronger. In response to that demand,...more

Electronics Recyclers Will Have To Do More and No Doubt Spend More To Obtain Certification Under R2 Solutions’ R2:2013 Standard

On October 10, 2012, R2 Solutions made available for comment its Draft 2013 R2 Standard (“R2:2013”). If adopted, R2:2013 would specify the requirements with which an electronics recycler would have to comply in order to...more

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