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Federal Regulatory Applications as to Supply Chain Management

Will the current U.S. government import/export regulations or their possible changes impact your 2018 business operations? Does any portion of the supply chain that supports your acquisitions of commercial or operational...more

LNG Exports/PURPA Modernization: January 19th U.S. House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee Hearing Scheduled

The United States House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a January 19th hearing entitled “Legislation Addressing LNG Exports and PURPA Modernization.”...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2018

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Gas Market Reform in Asia: an Update on the Implementation of Third Party Access to LNG Import Terminals - The rise of natural gas and LNG in Asia continues apace, fuelled by a convergence of plentiful global LNG supply,...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, January 2018

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TSCA/FIFRA/TRI - Lynn L. Bergeson, “Resetting The TSCA Inventory: Why This Is Important,” Environmental Quality Management, Volume 27, Issue 1, Fall 2017: On August 11, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 2

Ohio Supreme Court Joins Texas and Oklahoma in Holding the State Does Not Recognize a Separate Implied Covenant to Explore Further - "We conclude that Ohio does not recognize an 'implied covenant to explore further'...more

China Promotes A Green Petrochemical Industry

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The two premier Chinese central government agencies, the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”), issued a directive on December 25, 2017, the...more

Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imports of Solid Wastes as Raw Materials: China Issues Final Standards

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (“ISRI”) announced that China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection issued final scrap import standards. The standards are denominated the Environmental Protection Control...more

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2018

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The past year saw another flurry of Canadian class action activity. Courts across the country rendered significant decisions that should give companies doing business in Canada cause for both concern and optimism. While the...more

Civil Society Organizations Release New Guidance on How National Action Plan Should Address Human Rights Issues in the Extractive...

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At a time when the extractive industry is facing additional scrutiny from NGOs and civil society organizations for its human rights practices, and States are beginning to take concrete steps to improve their laws governing...more

IOSH Publishes Research Report and Industry Guidance on Nanotechnology in Construction and Demolition

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On January 8, 2017, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) announced the availability of a research report on nanotechnology in construction and demolition, as well as guidance for industry. The aim of the...more

Germany Publishes Report on Scientific Stakeholder Meeting on Nanomaterials in the Environment

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The German Environment Agency (UBA) has published a report summarizing the contents and outcomes of the October 2017 scientific stakeholder meeting on nanomaterials in the environment. The meeting focused on the relevant...more

EEB Finds Estonian EU Council Presidency Failed to Fill Regulatory Gaps on Nanomaterials

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) announced on December 22, 2017, the availability of its assessment of the environmental performance of the Estonian Presidency of the European Union (EU). The assessment is based on...more

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: January 4, 2018

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CBC News discussed a national plan in Canada to reduce antibiotic use in farm animals....more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

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Happy New Year! With the close of 2017, Latin America ushered in a range of significant initiatives. Brazil proposed lead limits in paints and similar coating materials consistent with current U.N. recommendations. Chile has...more

ITC Issues Final Determinations On Biodiesel From Argentina And Indonesia

On December 28, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued in the Federal Register a notice regarding its final determination on the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of biodiesel...more

Climate Change and Trends in Global Finance

On December 12, French President Emmanuel Macron, joined by President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, hosted the One Planet Summit highlighting public...more

Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2018

I. UNITED STATES: CHEMICAL FORECAST - Predictions and Outlook for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention 2018 - What a difference a year makes. To some extent, the...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017 #3

Trump Delivers a Mixed Message on His National Security Approach - "In another shift from his predecessor, Mr. Trump's strategy does not recognize the changing climate as a threat to national security. The document instead...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017 #2

Virginia Agency Takes Unexpected Step that Could Delay Gas Pipeline Project - "The State Water Control Board approved permits for the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which is backed by Dominion Energy, but took the...more

China Waste Import Restrictions: December 15th Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Comments

The Solid Waste Association of North America (“SWANA”) submitted December 15th comments addressing China’s restrictions on waste imports....more

Green Loans Pave the Way for Green CLOs and Green RMBS

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While green bonds have been the darling of the capital markets for the past few years, there has not been the same level of discussion about green loans. We expect 2018 to be a transformational year for the green loan market...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, December 2017

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TSCA/FIFRA - Deadline Approaching For Comments On EPA’s Proposed Reporting Requirements For TSCA Mercury Inventory: As reported in our TSCAblog® item, on October 26, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

DOC Postpones LTFV Final Determinations Related To Biodiesel From Argentina And Indonesia

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On December 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) issued in the Federal Register a notice on the postponement of final determinations of sales in less than fair value (LTFV) investigations into biodiesel from...more

Presentations Available from ECHA Webinar on REACH Guidance for Nanomaterials

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On November 30, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) held a webinar to explain the support documentation available for registrants that cover nanoforms in their Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 62, Sentencing of VW Employee Oliver Schmidt

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As many of you all know, Matt Kelly can rant with the best of them, right up there with Howard Sklar. I was quite intrigued when I read Matt’s December 11, 2017 blog post entitled, “At What Cost Dishonesty? For VW Exec, Seven...more

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