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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by Thomas Fox on

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

by DLA Piper on

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

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by King & Spalding on

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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

Energy Hot Topics at DLA Piper Africa Week (27 November - 1 December)

by DLA Piper on

The energy sector is a key driver of growth and development for the entire African continent. Energy infrastructure and investment is necessary in order to improve quality of life for people across the continent and to...more

Sweden Announces Product Registration Requirement for Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On December 5, 2017, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) announced that it has amended the information requirements for the products register to require notifiers to provide information on nanomaterials contained in chemical...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - December 2017

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Canada Requests WTO Consultations And Files Notice Of Intent To Seek NAFTA Chapter 19 Binational Panel Review In Softwood Lumber Case - Canada has taken steps to pursue parallel WTO and NAFTA actions to challenge the U.S....more

UBA Report Summarizes Work to Develop New OECD Test Guideline on Dispersion Stability of Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

In December 2017, Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) published a report entitled Clarification of methodical questions regarding the investigation of nanomaterials in the environment: Development of a decision...more

The Senate’s New Base Erosion Tax: Highlights for Renewable Energy

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 2, 2017, the Senate approved its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate Bill includes the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, a new tax intended to apply to companies that significantly reduce their US tax...more

RIVM Takes Critical Look at EUON

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) published a brochure entitled “The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials: A step forward?” on November 30, 2017. RIVM concludes that the...more

Charting the Growth of Human Rights and Ethical Reporting in the EU

Increasingly, businesses across Europe must report on a wide range of ethical and related matters in addition to publishing their financial results. Requirements for businesses to undertake non-financial reporting have...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #3

EPA Hosts Public Hearing in Charleston on Clean Power Plan - "Those who favored repeal cited coal jobs and economic concerns, saying they fear if the plan were implemented, it would negatively affect coal jobs and along...more

Stanford Report Argues Clean Energy Investment Must Triple to Halt Catastrophic Global Warming

The global economy must triple its annual investment in low-emissions technology, from $750 billion per year between 2010 and 2015 to $2.3 trillion per year going forward until 2040, to keep the planet under 2 degrees Celsius...more

European Union Proposes Stricter Emissions Targets and Incentives For Electric Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 8, the European Commission proposed a new set of emissions standards for vehicles, starting in 2030. The standards include a further 30% CO2 emissions reduction for new cars and vans, on top of the standards in...more

The Climate Report - Fall 2017

by Jones Day on

US. REGULATORY AND LITIGATION DEVELOPMENTS - EPA PROPOSES TO RESCIND CLEAN POWER PLAN - What EPA Did - In a decision expected and promised since the election of President Donald Trump, the United States...more

Germany Publishes Report on Relationship of Nanomaterial’s Physical-Chemical Properties and Aquatic Toxicity for the Purpose of...

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) published a November 2017 report entitled Considerations about the relationship of nanomaterial’s physical-chemical properties and aquatic toxicity for the purpose of grouping. The...more

The Sting of a Thousand Cuts - China Cleans Up its Act on the Environment

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On October 18, 2017, President Xi Jinping, in a three and a half hour speech to the Party Congress emphasized that building an ecological civilization is necessary for the continued development of China. He chose his words...more

Environmental Protection is Enshrined as Official Ideology in China Amid Major Reforms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Xi announces a comprehensive, 14-point reform policy that has long-term implications for companies with business interests in China. Key Points: ..President Xi Jinping has formalized a national commitment to...more

EC Posts Comments Received on Draft Regulation to Amend REACH Annexes to Address Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

As reported in our October 11, 2017, blog item, 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...more

ECHA Will Hold Webinar on Updated REACH Guidance for Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #2

Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA - "In a strict party-line vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The vote to...more

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