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California’s Countdown to Legal Cannabis: Facing Regulatory and Permitting Uncertainty

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As of January 1, 2018, it will be legal for adults in California to buy and sell cannabis for recreational purposes. That’s the simple version. But as is true for virtually every other “legal” enterprise in the state, the...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear - "Rick Perry is using an authority granted to him as U.S. energy secretary to call on the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change its rules...more

Proposed Changes To The Endangered Species Act Pit Animals Against Industry

by Polsinelli on

Congressional Republicans have proposed five separate bills that, if passed, would reduce current protections for endangered and threatened species in the name of promoting business development and cost-saving. ...more

UK Publishes Draft Legislation Prohibiting the Manufacture and Supply of Cosmetic Products Containing Microbeads

by Hogan Lovells on

On 11 September 2017, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published draft regulations prohibiting the manufacture and supply of rinse-off personal care products containing microbeads. The draft...more

New Executive Order on Infrastructure Ups the Ante on Streamlining the Environmental Review and Permitting Process

by Clark Hill PLC on

Since its earliest days, the Trump Administration has focused on eliminating delays in infrastructure projects, portraying environmental reviews and permitting as major choke points requiring change. On January 24, 2017, the...more

State Budget Wrap-Up: Extensive Public Policy And Funding Changes - What You Need To Know

by Roetzel & Andress on

Just before the midnight deadline on Friday, Governor John R. Kasich signed the state’s two-year operating budget into law. The Governor first released his budget proposal in January 2017 and the Legislature has spent the...more

U.S. States, Cities, & Corporations Unite to Uphold Paris Climate Accord

On June 1st, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord, sparking serious concern about the future of global efforts to mitigate climate change. In response,...more

Sea Change? What Does Trump’s Decision on the Paris Agreement Mean?

This week, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States will “cease implementation”...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - May 2017

by King & Spalding on

U.S. Government To Investigate Effects Of Steel, Aluminum Imports On National Security - In late April, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initiated two investigations to determine the effects of imported steel and aluminum on...more

Environmental Notes - May 2017

by Williams Mullen on

The Clean Power Plan (“CPP”), and its companion new source review rule, is the Obama Administration’s signature regulation on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Among other things, it requires states to put...more

Local Government in the Crosshairs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While Washington’s promise of a trillion dollar infrastructure program is providing a distraction, a closer examination reveals localities and local infrastructure are under attack across the board. The assault on local...more

Sustainable growth in the Middle East

by DLA Piper on

2016 saw the international community finally reach agreement for collective action on climate change with the rapid ratification and entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Micael Johnstone and Maher Ghanma assess the...more

2016 California Energy and Climate Legislative Update

by Morgan Lewis on

California took legislative action in 2016 aimed at addressing climate change, advancing renewable energy, and maintaining the state’s emphasis on safety in the energy sector. In 2016, the California legislature took...more

The Trump Administration’s (De)Regulatory Program: What It Means for Business

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Trump Administration has, through executive action, sought to bring far-reaching changes to the nation’s regulatory infrastructure. These efforts may be cheered by those who view the country as being over-regulated, and...more

Sustainability Reporting Trends in the New Year – ’16 going on ‘17

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

If you’re feeling uncertain or confused about the future of sustainability reporting in the United States, you’re not alone. With the business world’s adoption of sustainability reports moving full steam ahead—and increasing...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 62-67

by Lewitt Hackman on

This is part three of our ongoing series, California Ballot 2016, summarizing each of the 17 state-wide measures voters will encounter on the November ballot. Click these links: Props 51-56, or Props 57-61 to catch up on the...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Community Health Options to Focus on Maine by Leaving New Hampshire In 2017, New Hampshire...more

Advancing Chemical Safety – Maybe the Art of Compromise Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

by Burr & Forman on

President Obama signed a major reform of the Nation’s chemical safety standards on Wednesday, June 22. The legislation amended the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, providing the first substantive changes in the 40-year old...more

Brexit: What are the likely effects of the Referendum decision on planning?

by Dentons on

What are the likely effects of the Referendum decision on planning? The real answer is that nobody knows but planning partner Stephen Ashworth gives his views...more

Toxic Substances Control Act: Past, Present and Future

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted on October 11, 1976 to regulate certain chemical substances and mixtures being used in interstate commerce. 15 U.S.C. § 2601, et seq. TSCA delegated enforcement authority to...more

Implications of New Lautenberg Act’s Sweeping Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act

by Perkins Coie on

President Obama signed HR 2576, the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act), into law on June 22, 2016. The Lautenberg Act makes significant changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act...more

The Capitol Update - June 2016

by Murtha Cullina on

Ending with more of a groan than a whimper, the members of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded a difficult 2016 session on June 2. Members left Hartford after confronting for the third time in six years State budget...more

Maine solar legislation released

by PretiFlaherty on

The Maine legislature has printed a bill whose enactment would reshape the state's solar energy laws. The bill, An Act To Modernize Maine's Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development, has been numbered as LD 1649....more

Energy Newsletter - February 2016

by King & Spalding on

Middle East PPP Policy Developments: Kuwait and Dubai - Introduction - In a climate of falling oil prices and tightening government budgets, several states in the Gulf Cooperation Council region (GCC) are looking...more

Focus on Government: Canadian Federal Election 2015

by Dentons on

With polls now closed and the longest federal campaign in recent Canadian political history officially over, a Liberal government is the new reality for Canada. In winning the election, the Liberals become the first...more

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