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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Santa Clara Valley Water District rejects twin Delta tunnels plan, endorsing smaller version instead - San Jose Mercury News - Oct 17 - In a landmark vote closely watched across California, the Santa Clara Valley...more

EPA Approves Flint Hills Resources’ Plant For Cellulosic Ethanol Production

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 12, 2017, Edeniq, Inc., a leading cellulosic and biorefining technology company, announced that Flint Hills Resources, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), received approval from...more

American Process and Byogy Renewables Launch Phase 1 Of DOE-Funded Biofuels And Bioproducts Project

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 9, 2017, American Process Inc. and Byogy Renewables, Inc. announced the launch of Phase 1 of its “Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts with AVAP (ABBA)” project following the completion of negotiations with the U.S....more

DOE Researchers Optimize Lignin Processing By Combining Steps

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Researchers at DOE’s Ames Laboratory are experimenting with chemical reactions that will provide an economical method of deconstructing lignin into stable, readily useful components. Lignin is the second largest renewable...more

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

FDA Announces Public Meetings and Requests Comments on Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative

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On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) announced in the Federal Register a notice of two upcoming public meetings and request for comments related to the initial phase of the Agency’s...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2017

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Renewable Energy Focus - Governor Brown signs bill directing utilities to plan storage, DERs for peak demand - Utility Dive - Oct 12 - Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill directing utilities to plan...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approves Delta tunnels project - Sacramento Bee - Oct 10 - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) on Tuesday committed...more

Maryland Announces $3.5 Million In Funding For Animal Waste To Energy

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The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued a $3,500,000 funding opportunity for projects that use animal waste to generate electricity while reducing the environmental impacts that animal wastes can have on Maryland’s...more

Neste Issues Report On Changes In Energy, Transport, Chemical Markets

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 5, 2017, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced the publication of its business environment outlook titled “Taking Action on Climate Change.” The report provides...more

PNNL, WSU Partnership Produce Byproducts From Biofuel

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A collaboration between researchers at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Washington State University (WSU) has led to the development of a method for converting hydrothermal...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017 #2

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Sustainable Development Focus - California to create roadmap for commercializing microgrids - Microgrid Knowledge - Oct 6 - California is nearing the homestretch on a roadmap now being circulated for comment that aims to...more

USDA Announces $21 Million In Funding For Biobased Products

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On September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased...more

FDA Announces Meeting, Calls For Comments On FDA/USDA Agricultural Biotechnology Education And Outre

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On October 12, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced two public meetings regarding its Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative. The meetings will be held in Charlotte, North...more

Spero Energy Receives SBIR Grant For Biobased Chelates

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USDA awarded Spero Energy Inc. a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $100,000 to conduct research and development to increase the availability and competitiveness of biobased products within the agricultural...more

OECD Releases Test Guidelines Specifically Developed to Address Nanomaterials

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On October 12, 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced the release of 17 new, updated, corrected, or deleted Test Guidelines. The Test Guidelines include three specifically developed...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 Opens Public Comment Period for Its Clean Power Plan “Repeal” Proposal

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 10, 2017, the Trump Administration took another step in its efforts to unwind U.S. climate change policy. The announcement presented little surprise and provided little substance as it provided limited additional...more

EC Proposes to Amend REACH Annexes to Address Nanomaterials

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On October 9, 2017, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation on a draft regulation that would amend Annexes I, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and...more

An Assessment and Comparison of New TSCA and REACH

by Jones Day on

Passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, or "New Toxic Substances Control Act," introduces a number of changes to regulations for the collection and assessment of information concerning...more

DOE Awards Up To $3.5 Million In Funding For Advancements In Algal Biomass Yield Project

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On September 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of an additional project for the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO) Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity announcement (FOA)....more

Court Rejects BLM’s Efforts to Unbalance the Scales of Justice

On October 4, 2017, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte granted summary judgment to plaintiffs and vacated the Bureau of Land Management’s notice that it was postponing certain compliance dates contained in the Obama BLM rule...more

EPA Issues NODA Regarding RFS Program

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On October 4, 2017, EPA issued a NODA in the Federal Register to provide supplemental information and an opportunity for further public comment on potential reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and...more

Methods and Guidance for Testing the Efficacy of Antimicrobials against Spores of Clostridium diffic

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On September 29, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of two final test method Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for evaluating the efficacy of antimicrobials against spores of...more

EPA Promulgates Final SNUR for Bimodal Mixture Consisting of MWCNTs and Other Classes of CNTs

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On October 3, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final significant new use rule (SNUR) under Section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the chemical substance identified...more

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