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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

Minerals Matters Autumn 2017

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Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters. A lot has happened since the last edition but the issues that affect business remain the same and certainty remains elusive and in many respects even harder to...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

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This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from October 16, 2017 – November 15, 2017. This month brings us a heavy environmental regulatory agenda in Latin America. Brazil aimed to close loopholes on take-back...more

ISO Publishes Standard on Aquatic Toxicity Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials in Saltwater Lakes

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In November 2017, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published standard ISO/TS 20787:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Aquatic toxicity assessment of manufactured nanomaterials in saltwater lakes using Artemia...more

Bonn Climate Talks Discuss Litigation Trend Linking Climate Change and Human Rights

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Climate change has been in the news recently in the wake of the Bonn Climate Talks, which took place between November 6 and 17, 2017. One key take away from the Talks: energy companies must seriously consider potential...more

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