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Michigan Legislature Proposes Bill To Further Regulate TENORM Disposal

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

The Michigan legislature recently introduced Senate Bill 503 to tighten up Michigan’s existing disposal guidelines pertaining to TENORM or Technologically Enhanced, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material. Michigan has...more

Owner Means Owner: Tenth Circuit Finds US Liable Under CERCLA Based on Title in Lands Subject to Unpatented Mining Claims

by WilmerHale on

The Tenth Circuit on July 19, 2017, in Chevron Mining, Inc. v. United States, reversed a decision by the District Court for the District of New Mexico and held that the United States is liable as an “owner” under the...more

China Increases Focus on Electronic Waste

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

As a world leader in the manufacturing of electronic devices, China is beginning to reform its rules and regulations to ensure that the resulting framework is able to keep pace with the rapid developments now taking place in...more

EPA Exploring Revisions to RCRA Waste Handling Regulations for Retailers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") is pursuing plans to address the unique challenges faced by retailers in complying with the waste handling regulations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ("RCRA")....more

New Texas Rule Regarding the Disposal of Fetal Tissue Stayed

by Jackson Walker on

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently issued a final rule implementing updated methods for the disposal of special waste from health care facilities, which includes fetal tissue. As such, the new rule would...more

California Must Pick Up Stormwater Check

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Local public agencies realized an important victory in a more-than-decade-long, who-should-foot-the-stormwater-bill battle — a battle focused on a permit issued by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to the...more

Regulatory Burdens On Retailers Continue to Evolve

by Snell & Wilmer on

In the run up to the Presidential Election, you may have missed some of the following regulatory developments that might impact your business....more

Wait, How Many Trucks? Ash Pond Closure by Removal

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Utilities around the country have developed preliminary closure plans for surface impoundments storing coal ash, gypsum, and other coal combustion residuals (CCR). Some ash ponds are already in the process of closing. To...more

Law on the transition to a green economy presented in Kazakhstan

by Dentons on

On 1 July 2016, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan On Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the transition of the Republic of Kazakhstan to a “green economy” (hereinafter –...more

The European Commission extends its settlement procedure to abuse of dominance cases under Article 102 TFEU

by White & Case LLP on

The European Commission extends its settlement procedure to abuse of dominance cases under Article 102 TFEU — fine imposed on Altstoff Recycling Austria reduced by 30% in exchange for its co-operation with the Commission...more

CEN Committee Seeks Responses to Survey on Disposal Practices for Manufactured Nano-Objects in Waste

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Under European Commission (EC) funding, the European Committee for Standardization Technical Committee (CEN/TC) 352 — Nanotechnologies is developing guidelines relating to the safe waste management and disposal of...more

Three Strikes and Mingo Logan Is Out: The D.C. Circuit Affirms EPA Withdrawal of Approval of Mountaintop Removal Disposal Sites

In 2013, the D.C. Circuit affirmed EPA’s authority to withdrawal approval of mountaintop mining disposal sites, even after the Army Corps has issued a Section 404 permit. In 2014, the District Court rejected Mingo Logan’s...more

Under the Dome Special Edition: 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

We are pleased to share our 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws enacted during the Second Regular Session of Maine's 127th Legislature, which adjourned sine die April 29, 2016. We provide you this summary to help you stay...more

Navigating Environmental Regulations: Tips for Staying in Compliance

by Lane Powell PC on

Our state’s ever-changing regulatory environment makes it hard to stay on the right side of the law. Here are some simple steps to help keep your business in compliance: 1. Ignorance Is Not Bliss. Take time to research...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges - All 10 EPA regions are seeking public comment on the draft 2017...more

Texas Court of Appeals Issues Important State Superfund Order

In a “case of first impression,” U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit,texascapitol sitting in Austin, in TCEQ v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al., issued an important decision interpreting the scope of the Texas Solid...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - March 2016

Regulatory Whack-a-Mole: A Renewed Focus on Non-Hazardous Waste Recycling - Why it matters - In part due to a string of high-profile enforcements in multiple states, retailers by and large have evaluated the need to...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - Draft Environmental Assessment, Habitat Conservation Plan, and Application for an Incidental Take Permit for Piping Plover, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and...more

EQT Wins a Temporary Victory, but the Future of Oil and Gas Operations in Fayette County, West Virginia, Is Still Undecided

by BakerHostetler on

EQT Corp. won a temporary victory in its continuing effort to defend against the potential shutdown of its 200 oil and gas wells and one wastewater injection well in Fayette County, West Virginia, after the District Court for...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

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

Dumpster Dives, Investigations and Penalties

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

What you put in the trash can cost you a fortune. Regulators are increasingly interested in companies’ disposal practices and are initiating investigations and enforcement actions. The “dumpster dives” form the basis of a...more

OECD Working Party on Resource Productivity and Waste Posts Documents Concerning Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently posted four reflection papers that discuss the possible release of nanomaterials from waste treatment operations and a literature review on four...more

Affordable Housing Permit Revoked by Massachusetts Appeals Court

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a recent ruling sure to embolden municipalities seeking to block affordable housing projects, the Massachusetts Appeals Court revoked the approval of a Comprehensive Permit issued under the Anti-Snob Zoning Act, G.L....more

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

by BakerHostetler on

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

Waste on land: a warning for landowners

by Dentons on

Fly-tipping continues to cause problems for businesses, governments and communities. Defra recently assessed the number of fly-tipping incidents during 2014-2015 at around 900,000 in England alone.1 It comes as a surprise to...more

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