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NERC Proposes to Reduce Cybersecurity Risks in CIP Supply Chains - Update

by Morgan Lewis on

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) recently petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve its proposed “Reliability Standards” addressing cybersecurity risks in critical...more

Consumer Product Update - California's Green Chemistry Initiative Looks for New Products to Regulate

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 6, 2017, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced it is seeking public comment on its new 2018-2020 Priority Product Work Plan (Work Plan) under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP)...more

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Re-Opened Midterm Review of MY 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas Standards and MY 2021 Standards

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) published a joint notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on EPA’s...more

California to Require Domestic Water Suppliers to Test School Drinking Water for Lead

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The State Water Resources Control Board recently adopted an amendment to all Domestic Water Supply Permits it issues to public water systems that supply drinking water. The amendment requires domestic water suppliers for...more

PHMSA Adjusts Incident Reporting in Response to Public Comment

by King & Spalding on

The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently revised submission requirements for incident reporting by operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. While the December 27, 2016 notice appears...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump picks Scott Pruitt to lead EPA - New York Times - Dec 7 - President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally...more

What To Know About PHMSA's New Emergency Authority Rule - October 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Law360, New York (October 24, 2016, 11:47 AM EDT) -- On Oct. 14, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published an interim final rule (IFR) establishing procedures to implement new imminent hazard...more

TSCA Reform Will Fundamentally Change U.S. Chemical Regulation

Astonishingly, in an election year and at a time of unprecedented partisanship, this past June, Congress adopted significant reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with sweeping support from both sides of the...more

Pipeline Safety: PHMSA Releases New Rule on Emergency Authority

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On Monday, October 3, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released an interim final rule (IFR) establishing procedures to implement new imminent hazard authority created by the PIPES Act...more

FTC Civil Penalties on the Rise—Inflation Adjustments Increase Civil Penalty Amounts

by WilmerHale on

For the first time since 2009, the potential civil penalties for violating an administrative consent order under Section 5(b) of the FTC Act is going up. The maximum civil penalty the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can now...more

FTC Workshop Examines Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Rooftop Solar Industry

by WilmerHale on

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop to examine competition and consumer protection issues in the rooftop solar industry—also known as solar “distributed generation.” Beyond exploring a wide...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Judge invalidates long-fought Delta management plan Sacramento Bee - Jun 24 - In a decision that could delay or complicate Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two huge...more

Will network charges encourage the installation of residential batteries?

by DLA Piper on

It remains to be seen what impact batteries will have on the operation of Australia’s electricity networks. They may become an integral part of those networks, could be used as a substitute for those networks and may...more

Attention Home Improvement Contractors: CA Bill Singles Out Solar Contractors

California Assembly Bill 2699 (Gonzalez) is a bill to watch if you are a home improvement contractor that solarinstalls solar energy systems or, for that matter, a contractor in California. AB 2699 would, among other things,...more

Volkswagen proposes a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Breyer sets a June 21 deadline for a...

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Tris Coffin heads the Vermont Volkswagen Class Action litigation team at DRM that also includes Directors Bob Luce and Marc Heath. On the evening of April 20, a number of news outlets published stories that Volkswagen...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from January 15, 2015 – February 15, 2016. LAR is quickly embracing consumer-right-to-know initiatives through a host of new proposed labeling and product claims standards....more

Food-Processing Sector May Be U.S. EPA’s Next Enforcement Target

by King & Spalding on

Every three years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets national enforcement initiatives to focus its civil and criminal enforcement resources on specific environmental issues. On September 15, 2015,...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California extends mandatory water cuts despite growing snowpack - Sacramento Bee - Feb 2 - California’s drought regulators agreed Tuesday to extend water conservation mandates...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, December 2015.

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

EPA Issues Final Rule Adding 1-Bromopropane To EPCRA Section 313 List: On November 23, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule adding 1-bromopropane to the list of toxic chemicals subject to...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2015

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Royal Dutch Shell suspends Arctic drilling indefinitely: Washington Post - Sep 28: Royal Dutch Shell announced early on September 28, 2015 that it will indefinitely suspend its Arctic...more

Gov. Brown Assembles Fracking Review Panel

by Stoel Rives LLP on

According to several news organizations, Governor Brown has announced plans to form a new panel to review the recent well stimulation study conducted by the California Council on Science and Technology (“CCST”)....more

Setting fees for use of federal dams

by PretiFlaherty on

Federally owned dams and other structures can create opportunities for private development of hydropower facilities, in exchange for a fee. While fees charged to hydropower developers for using federally owned dams will...more

Post Election Update 2014

by Bracewell LLP on

The 2014 Midterm Elections have taken place and Republicans performed extremely well in all categories – winning key gubernatorial and congressional races – in what many are viewing as a "wave election." In the...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of October 2014

As expected, this week blew through the Columbus Day holiday and into a flurry of legislative activity. Dozens of bills went back and forth between the chambers this week, and many have already landed on the governor’s desk....more

UK Electricity Market Reform

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 16 October 2014, the first CfD allocation round commences, with the first CfDs being signed as early as January 2015, subject to any mid-allocation round appeals. The attached “Contracts for Difference – On the Launchpad”,...more

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