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California Considers Regulating Food Packaging Under Green Chemistry Initiative

by Bryan Cave on

As part of its Green Chemistry Initiative and the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) implementing regulations, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has released its Draft Three Year Priority Product Work Plan...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #4

Trump Prepared to Hit China with $60 Billion in Annual Tariffs - "President Trump is preparing to impose a package of $60 billion in annual tariffs against Chinese products, following through on a longtime threat that he...more

Governor Baker Burnishes His Green Credentials

Governor Baker has sent some mixed messages to the environmental community in his first term. After promising during the campaign to increase environmental spending to 1% of the state budget, he’s made essentially no progress...more

Where the Blacktop Ends: Promising Developments at the Intersection of Agricultural Production and Urban Living

With the Trump administration’s rollback of federal regulations proceeding at a steady pace, and with new federal tax policy firmly established, and with the next federal Farm Bill promised by year’s end, Arkansas’s farmers...more

2018 Environmental Legislative Update No. 3

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

In the rocket launching business, “Max Q” is point of maximum stress due to the combination of acceleration and air density. Judging from the number of items in today’s update, the session may have reached legislative Max Q....more

Arkansas 91st General Assembly – Second Extraordinary Session 2018: House Bill 1007/Senate Bill 8 – Update

As noted in previous posts (see previous posts of 03-13-18 and 03-14-18 here) House Bill (“H.B.”) 1007 and Senate Bill (“S.B.) 8 would add a subsection to a section of Subchapter 2 (Water Pollution) of the Arkansas Water and...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #3

Pipeline CEOs Vow to Fight Back Against Environmental Activism and Sabotage - "Executives from some of the biggest energy infrastructure companies in Canada and the United States say their industry had been surprised by...more

Arkansas 91st General Assembly – Secondary Extraordinary Session 2018: House Bill 1007 – Modification /Review of Arkansas...

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson issued an official call to legislators for an Extraordinary Session of the 91st General Assembly which convenes today at 9:00 a.m. Call item number 6 is described as...more

Trump’s Rollback of Environmental Regulations Likely to Spur Citizen Suits

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Now, more than ever, citizen-suit litigation is a growing risk for utilities and for any business with environmental impacts. After an era of steadily increasing environmental oversight, the Trump administration campaigned on...more

Amendments to the RES Act / New obligations resulting from the Capacity Market regulations

by Dentons on

Amendments to the RES Act - On 6 March 2018, the Council of Ministers adopted a bill of amendments to the Act of 20 February 2015 on Renewable Energy Sources (“RES Act”), the Act of 20 May 2016 on Investments in Wind Power...more

Agriculture/Superfund Release Reporting: March 8th U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing

The United States Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight Committee of the Environment and Public Works (“Committee”) held a March 8th hearing in regards to: Senate Bill 2421 – The Fair...more

Trump Administration Actions To Relax Environmental Regulations Should Eventually Benefit Renewable Energy And Transmission...

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Federal environmental requirements and regulations have been relaxed (or are proposed to be relaxed) since President Trump was elected, but those environmental regulatory changes have not yet realized benefits for renewable...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: Committee-Level Movement Gets Underway

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Minnesota Legislature, in anticipation of the first committee deadline on March 22, continued to hear and move bills through policy committees this week. Legislative committees focused on Governor Dayton’s request for $10...more

2018 Environmental Legislative Update No. 2

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Welcome to our Environmental Legislative Updates. Throughout Connecticut’s legislative session, these updates highlight developments concerning environmental law and policy. The author prepares updates as Legislative...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #2

Trump Advisers Fervently Defend Tariffs (Unless They Change, That Is) - "The White House continued to sow uncertainty about the stiff tariffs President Trump said he would impose on steel and aluminum imports as key...more

Second Legislative Update: Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 legislative session. Below are the latest updates on the bills our team has been following...more

New Momentum for Federal Infrastructure Initiatives and Regulatory Reform

by Clark Hill PLC on

From the earliest days of the Trump Administration, the White House and new leadership in key federal agencies have pushed to increase the volume and pace of infrastructure projects and eliminate regulatory roadblocks. With...more

District Court Inclined To Dismiss Action Challenging EO 13771

On February 26, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed, for lack of jurisdiction, a challenge to the President’s Executive Order 13771, and two guidance documents issued by the Office of Management and...more

West Virginia Legislature Passes Cotenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On March 5, 2018, the West Virginia Legislature completed legislative action on and passed House Bill 4268, known as the Cotenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act. The bill will now be delivered to the Governor’s...more

Massachusetts Achieves Milestone with over 2,000 Megawatts of Installed Solar Capacity

On February 7, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts has installed more than 2,000 megawatts (MW) of solar electricity through 78,646 projects across the state. The achievement represents the...more

Prop 65 Preliminary Injunction and “Fake News”

A recent Federal Court decision on the issue of whether to grant a preliminary injunction in the ongoing saga of the appropriateness of adding the pesticide Glyphosate to the CA Prop 65 list has become the grist for the “Fake...more

Newsletter: Environmental Law Update

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Throughout Connecticut’s legislative session, these updates highlight developments concerning environmental law and policy. The author prepares updates as Legislative Liaison of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Environmental...more

Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Program: Senate Bill 2346

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (“NACWA”) notes support of Senate Bill 2346 in a letter dated February 22nd. Senate Bill 2346 has been introduced to establish an innovative infrastructure workforce...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee held three budget hearings. The first was with Secretary Patrick McDonnell of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Secretary McDonnell explained that...more

Proposed Changes To CERCLA/Superfund, Brownfield Redevelopment Projects – Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Impacts More Than Planes,...

by Cole Schotz on

On February 12, 2018, the Trump Administration released its much-anticipated Infrastructure Plan. While the bulk of the more than 50-page document proposes a wide array of funding and reforms for various infrastructure...more

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