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Proposition 65 Legislative Changes Likely “Lack Merit”

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 5, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1583 into law. It was promoted as a means of reducing frivolous Proposition 65 (Prop 65) lawsuits, but, as discussed below, it is doubtful that it will...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California clean economy thriving, but emissions have spiked - Energy Manager Today - Aug 22 - The ninth annual California Green Innovation Index, released by the nonpartisan nonprofit...more

Practical Issues Under Joint Operating Agreements Relating to Withdrawals, Transfers and Changes in Control

by King & Spalding on

The Joint Operating Agreement (“JOA”) is one of the most important documents to be considered in relation to a direct or indirect change in the ownership of interests in any oil and gas project, whether by way of (a) a...more

Warning: New Proposition 65 Warning Regulations Taking Effect

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

A year from now, dramatic changes to California’s Proposition 65 warning regulations take full effect. The new regulations (formally published by the State in August 2016) significantly alter the “safe harbor” rules for...more

EPA Issues Three Final TSCA Framework Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

The final rules establish procedures to identify high-risk chemicals, conduct risk evaluations, and reset the TSCA Inventory. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued three final framework rules...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - April 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our April edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. To learn about MIT’s latest...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 290, Professor Samuel Buell on Capital Offenses

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Duke Law School Professor Samuel Buell about his book Capital Offenses-Business Crime and Punishment in America’s Corporate Age. We explore some of his theories on why corporations are so...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 288-Alison Taylor on the future of stakeholder engagement

by Thomas Fox on

In today’s podcast I chat with Alison Taylor, Director of Advisory Services at BSR, a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and...more

Doing Business in Australia

by DLA Piper on

With 25 years of uninterrupted GDP growth, a robust regulatory environment and diverse, globally competitive industries, Australia remains an exceptional place to do business. As the fourth largest economy in the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 266, Ben Locwin on people v. systems approach to compliance programs

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Ben Locwin on the different approaches in compliance around people v. systems. ...more

US EPA Announces its Implementation Plan for TSCA Reform

by Alston & Bird on

TSCA Reform was signed into law just one week ago on June 22, 2016, but a mere one week later, on June 29, U.S. EPA has published its implementation plan, which sets an aggressive schedule to get into place the basic...more

TSCA Reform: EPA Publishes First Year Implementation Plan

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted an Implementation Plan that outlines EPA's plans for early activities and actions under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,...more

Be Prepared for the New World of Chemical (and Product) Management and Regulation

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The nation’s primary law for managing chemicals, from manufacture to their use in a wide array of consumer and commercial products, is set for a fundamental transformation now that Congress has passed, and President Obama...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - May 2016

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our May edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile our friends at enVerid...more

OSTP Blog Item Notes Recent Reports Highlighting Continued Federal Commitment To NanoEHS

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) posted on April 11, 2016, a blog item, authored by Lloyd Whitman, OSTP, and Dr. Treye Thomas, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), entitled “Supporting Responsible...more

BETO Allocates $1.9 Million Small Business Vouchers Pilot, Opens Round Two

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 10, 2016, DOE's BETO announced that $1.9 million has been allocated for biofuel, bioproduct, and biopower projects under its Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot initiative. The grant money is the first of up to $20...more

EPA Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Eight $300,000 Contracts

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced eight small business contracts through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The eight Phase II contracts provide the companies...more

Biobased Companies Included In LUX Research List Of Top Innovative Companies

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On December 21, 2015, LUX Research released a list of Top 10 Innovative Companies from 2015, chosen from 1,189 companies. Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) Member Elevance Renewable Sciences received an...more

Quarterly Review of Seed, Series A and Series B/Later Round Financings: First Quarter 2015

by Foley Hoag LLP on

The Numbers - Venture financing activity in New England decreased modestly in the first quarter of 2015 (-12%) with Seed and B/ Later round activity each decreasing by roughly 20% over Q4 2014. Despite this overall...more

Generators Need to be Vigilant About TCLP Sampling Protocol

by Williams Mullen on

The Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), SW-846 Method 1311, was promulgated by EPA pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to test and determine the potential leaching rate of disposed hazardous...more

Environmental Appeals Board Vacates Penalties for TSCA Section 8(e) Violations

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The U.S. Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) issued an opinion this month that sheds light on section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); specifically, the applicability of the “continuing violations doctrine” to...more

2014 Cleantech and Renewables IPO Statistics

by Mintz Levin on

IPO recovery? Last year was the most active year for IPOs in the United States since 2000. That’s right: an astounding 275 IPOs were completed in 2014, topping the 2013 total of 222 by more than 23%. Total U.S. IPO proceeds...more

Accounting for Sustainability

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

A number of U.S. states have created new corporate forms that let companies focus on sustainability and other social goals, as well as shareholder value. Now, we are seeing the “logical next step” in corporate sustainability,...more

The Next Big Step For Renewables: Energy Storage

The promise of renewable energy has been partly realized as renewables, including wind and solar, have attracted significant investment over the years and now generate output that comprises a useful contribution to our...more

Episode 61 – Greenstart Helps Start-Ups Solve Cleantech Problems

In Episode 61 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on May 5, 2012, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Dick Lyons, co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Rachel Barge, a partner at...more

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