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Lifeline Database Update: NLAD Operational in All States, FCC Announces Success

The FCC’s National Lifeline Accountability Database (“NLAD”) now is operational in all states and has already had a significant impact in reducing waste, fraud, and abuse. The FCC announced today that, so far, the NLAD has...more

Another Man's Treasure: Four Reasons To Consider Selling AG Waste For Energy

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series looking at the opportunity of biofuels and new sources farmers can provide. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts tremendous growth in the use of...more

From Problem To Profit: Agricultural Waste Is A Hot Topic In The Energy Sector

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series looking at alternative energy issues that could impact agriculture. From the perspective of biology, food is just a form of stored energy. When people count...more

Proposed Regulation of Hazardous Waste in Retail Sector

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) in order “to collect information towards improving hazardous waste requirements for the retail sector.” Retailer hazardous waste violations...more

Retailers: It’s Time To Check How Your Stores Manage Their Waste

If you’re a retailer, it’s a good time to assess your system for tracking and managing hazardous waste. Think you don’t generate any? Think again. Those aerosol cans, product returns from customers, old pharmaceuticals and...more

Who Knew? Hazardous Waste Management by Retail Stores

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a “pre-publication” Notice of Data Availability for Hazardous Waste Management in the Retail Sector (the “Notice”), to be published in theFederal Register. The Notice...more

Capital Thinking: Environment and Natural Resources

EPA SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON CLIMATE CHANGE - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a request for comment on its draft report concerning the impacts of climate change to human health. The agency is seeking...more

EPA's New Solvent Wiper Rule Wipes Out Maine's Policy

For many years, both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have wrestled with the practical question of how solvent-contaminated wipes should be...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 1-10-2014

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislative Session Starts with a Flurry of Activity - On the morning of January 8th, the...more

EPA Conditionally Excludes CO2 Geologic Sequestration from RCRA Regulation

On December 19, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule revising the definition of hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), to conditionally exclude carbon dioxide...more

What to Expect From EPA in 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to spend more time and effort on promulgating new regulations than pursuing enforcement during 2014. The agency has acknowledged that budget cuts will affect the number of...more

OMB Publishes Final Uniform Guidance on Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) published final guidance in the Federal Register entitled “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards”...more

Financial Issues In Divorce – Dissipation Or “Waste” Claims

In Arizona, it is not uncommon for a spouse in a dissolution proceeding to assert a “waste” claim against the other spouse. The term “waste” does not appear in the Arizona statutes that define community property or relate to...more

OIG Defines its Priorities in 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

Outlining its high-level priorities and goals for the next five years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its Strategic Plan for 2014-2018. In the Strategic...more

Texas Environmental Update - October 2013

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 18, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus -- 3 models that could help utilities make money from solar power - Green Tech Solar News - Sep 30: Much like tech companies of the 1990s, utilities face an “unavoidable shift” and don’t have any...more

How to Handle Real Property as an Estate Fiduciary

Estate fiduciaries, whether serving as executor and administrator, often face a great deal of uncertainty in exercising their duties. While certain types of personal property are fairly easy to manage while the estate is...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

Washington Energy Update - June/July 2013

In This Issue: - Bipartisan Bill Seeks Short and Long-Term Solutions for Nuclear Waste Storage - President Announces Regulatory Approach to Reduce Carbon Emissions - FERC Extends Refund Obligations to...more

At Long Last . . . EPA Announces Rule on Industrial Solvent-Contaminated Wipes

On July 22, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had finalized a rule revising the definition of solid waste to conditionally exclude solvent-contaminated wipes that are cleaned and reused,...more

Ontario Introduces Waste Reduction Strategy and Proposed Waste Reduction Act, 2013

In June 2013, the Ontario government released its Waste Reduction Strategy, which incorporates the proposed new Waste Reduction Act, 2013, forecasting significant changes to the way wastes will be managed in Ontario. If...more

EPA Reduces Regulatory Burden for Industrial Facilities Using Solvent Wipes

On July 23, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it was modifying the hazardous waste management regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to conditionally exclude...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

PRIME Act: New Legislation to Curb Health Care Fraud

The United States Senate and House of Representatives recently introduced bipartisan legislation designed to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The legislation, entitled “Preventing and...more

Finally -- Rules Governing Horizontal Well Development

On April 12, 2013, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 243 which contained, among other West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) rules, the Rules Governing Horizontal Well Development 35-8...more

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