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Neste Announces Plans To Invest In Research On Waste And Residue Raw Materials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 6, 2017, Neste, a member of BRAG, announced that it would direct a large amount of its resources to researching waste and waste raw materials. In the future, Neste aims to produce biofuels and bioplastics from waste...more

Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy Outlines a Role for POTWs in Organic Waste Diversion

by Downey Brand LLP on

Climate Change Law - In its recently adopted Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Strategy, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) identifies POTWs as key components of the state’s strategy to reduce methane...more

Two Bureau of Land Management Regulations on Life Support Under President Trump

by Jones Day on

The Trump Administration has signaled its intent to pull the plug on two rules issued by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") in 2015 and 2016. Legal and legislative developments over the next...more

"After Corwin, Court of Chancery Provides Additional Guidance on Application of Business Judgment Rule to Post-Closing Damages...

As previously reported in Insights: The Delaware Edition, the Delaware Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, 125 A.3d 304 (Del. 2015) articulated a new defendant-friendly rule for...more

Industry Responds To Revised European Parliament Report On Waste Legislation

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 9, 2016, European Bioplastics (EUBP) announced the support of a European Parliament (EP) report emphasizing the role of bioplastics in the creation of a circular bioeconomy. The report, produced by Italian MEP Simona...more

European Organizations Issue Declaration on Waste Containing Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 13, 2016, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), the European Environmental Citizens’ Organization for Standardization (ECOS), and the Oeko-Institut issued a press release announcing the availability...more

European Commission Adopts the New Circular Economy Package

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Unwrapping the New Circular Economy Package - The European Commission is driving the transition to a stronger and more circular economy by ensuring resources are used in a more sustainable way. On 2 December 2015, the...more

If MassDEP calls…

At a recent meeting of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee, MassDEP announced that it will soon begin the process of contacting owners of previously closed sites...more

Phase I Of The Nutrient Recycling Challenge Competition Announced

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 12, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other environmental and scientific experts to create the Nutrient Recycling...more

UK government introduces enhanced enforcement powers for environmental permitting breaches

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this month the government published its response to a consultation on proposals to enhance regulators’ enforcement powers to deal with environmental permitting breaches. Simultaneously, the government has published...more

Environmentalists Issue Notice of Intent to Sue EPA for Alleged Failure to Review and Revise RCRA Oil and Gas Regulations

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On August 26, 2015, seven environmental groups (“Environmental Parties”) issued a Notice of Intent to Sue (“NOI”) United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator Gina McCarthy for EPA’s failure to meet its...more

SHE Matters - Summer 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Changes to Comah Regulations - Make Sure You Are Prepared - Strengthening of Enforcement Powers Under the Environmental Permitting Regine and Tackling Waste Crime - Will You Be Affected? - The...more

We All Scream for . . . Energy?: Turning Ice Cream Products into Energy

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

While the best solution to our garbage problem may be to make less stuff, what’s the most appropriate way to manage what’s left? Reverse distribution of food, electronic and plastic waste consumes local governments and...more

"Fairness of Director Awards Granted Under Market-Standard Equity Plans Comes Under Increased Scrutiny"

A Delaware court opinion issued late last week may subject equity grants to directors to increased judicial scrutiny (Calma v. Templeton, No. 9579-CB (Del. Ch. Apr. 30, 2015)). In Calma, the Chancery Court denied the...more

Strengthening of enforcement powers under the environmental permitting regime and tackling waste crime - what changes are...

by DLA Piper on

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs ("Defra") and the Welsh Government are currently consulting on strengthening the powers of the regulators in respect of those facilities which operate under environmental...more

Is Your Landfill or Other Wasting Asset Fairly Assessed?

Some assets, such as houses, art and collectibles, and investments appreciate in value over time; others, such as landfills, are considered “wasting assets,” as they have a finite life and little or no capital value at the...more

Coal Ash Regulation Update

by Burr & Forman on

The U.S. EPA’s efforts to develop a new regulatory path for coal ash (“Coal Combustion Residuals” or “CCR”) by regulating the material either as a hazardous waste or as a solid but non-hazardous waste, are nearing a...more

Maine DEP Proposes to Revamp Solid Waste Rules

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued several public notices detailing numerous proposed changes to Maine’s solid waste rules. These changes are being proposed largely in response to legislation passed...more

Researchers Develop Technique For Turning Winery Waste Into Biofuels

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Winery waste is composed of the skins, pulp, stalks, and seeds that are left over after grapes have been pressed. This waste cannot be used for animal feed or composted, so it typically ends up as toxic landfill. Researchers...more

Maine DEP Proposes Hazardous Waste Rule Changes

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

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

The Value Of Going Round In Circles

by Allen & Overy LLP on

However the waste sector is now at a watershed. There are mixed messages from government – on the one hand the government owned Green Investment Bank has pointed to a potential £5bn gap in waste treatment capacity in the UK...more

An Update of Flow Control Jurisprudence since United Haulers

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Since United Haulers Association v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority, 550 U.S. 330, 344 (2007), most courts have upheld local flow control ordinances as constitutional under that holding. ...more

Oil and Gas Developer Challenges an Extreme Waste Disposal Ordinance Enacted by a Pennsylvania Township

by BakerHostetler on

Oil and gas developer Pennsylvania General Energy Company, LLC (“PGE”) recently filed suit against Grant Township in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, alleging that a waste disposal ordinance enacted by the Township violates the...more

Solid Waste and Water Planning Dominate 2014 Connecticut Public Acts Concerning the Environment

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

The Connecticut General Assembly’s 2014 “short session” yielded a modest crop of public acts concerning the environment. Nevertheless, the bills introduced in the session included three sweeping initiatives with multi-year...more

Other 2014 Environmental and Land Use Legislation: Fracking, Brownfields, State Land Conservation, Private Easements, Wood Burning...

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

The General Assembly passed noteworthy bills on six diverse environmental and land use subjects. Hydraulic Fracturing Waste - A deceptively simple bill concerning hydraulic fracturing waste, PA 14-200, emerged...more

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