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AG Bonta Sends Letters to Plastic Bag Manufacturers Demanding Substantiation of Recyclability Claims

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California AG Rob Bonta sent letters to six manufacturers of plastic bags demanding that they substantiate express and implied claims that their reusable plastic bags are recyclable, as well as certified claims that the bags...more

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California Plastics Recycling Legislation Significantly Expands Producer Responsibility

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On June 30, 2022, Governor Newsom signed SB 54, the Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act (“Act”), into law. The Office of the Governor described the Act as “the most significant overhaul of...more

Foley Hoag LLP - Environmental Law

Bloomberg Targets Petrochemicals — How About Investing in Their Replacements?

I’ve written previously about the urgency associated with the problems caused by waste plastic.  However, there’s a big difference between me blogging about it and Michael Bloomberg opening his wallet to try to do something...more

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Microplastics/Drinking Water: California Water Resources Control Board Establishes Standard Method of Testing/Reporting

The State Water Resources Control Board – State of California (“Board”) issued a document titled: Policy Handbook Establishing a Standard Method of Testing and Reporting of Microplastics in Drinking Water (“Policy...more

Goldberg Segalla

New Microplastics Requirements Put California’s Drinking Water to the Test

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As previously reported in ELM, microplastics – plastic fragments smaller than 5 millimeters in length – have been found everywhere from Antarctica...more

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California Becomes First Government in World to Require Microplastics Testing for Drinking Water

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On September 7, 2022, California became the first government in the world to require microplastics testing for drinking water, an emerging contaminant that is found throughout the environment. The State Water Resources...more

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[Podcast] Catching Up on Canadian Environmental Regulation

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In this follow-up to last year’s episode, “The Great Green North: A Discussion on Canada’s Environmental Regulations,” Martha Marrapese and W. Scott Thurlow come together once again to discuss updates in Canada’s...more

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Minimum Recycled Plastic Content Legislation: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Updates Position

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (“ISRI”) announced an updated position statement on legislation addressing: Use of recycled plastics in the manufacture of new products ...more

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

DaNa Publishes Research Spotlight on Three-Stage Model for the Formation of Micro- and Nanoplastic Particles

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) project (DaNa4.0) is addressing the question of whether new advanced materials, including nanomaterials, can be harmful to humans and the environment and how humans...more

Holland & Knight LLP

Nueva ley que prohíbe los plásticos de un solo uso en Colombia

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El Congreso de la República de Colombia, el 7 de julio de 2022, expidió la Ley 2232 de 2022 (la Ley) "por medio de la cual se establecen medidas tendientes a la reducción gradual de la producción y consumo de ciertos...more

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California Signs New Plastics Law

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After leading the nation in banning plastic bags, California recently enacted sweeping legislation that requires a reduction in the amount of plastic produced and used in the state. The law is the first of its kind. ...more

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Focus on Plastics Intensifies in California with New Legislation

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Governor Newsom recently signed Senate Bill 54 (“SB 54”), heralding an unprecedented commitment to reducing plastic production and consumption in California. The Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer...more

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California’s New Plastics Recycling Laws – A Lot to Sort Through

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California has a long history of enacting laws regulating plastic packaging, dating back to the Rigid Plastic Packaging Container law in 1991, a law many manufacturers only learn about when they receive a notice from the...more

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California Implements Legislation to Reduce Plastic Pollution and Extend Producer Responsibility Laws

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on June 30 a bill that aims to drastically cut single-use waste in the Golden State by shifting responsibility from consumers to the industry that produces it.   The...more

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Latest Microplastics Findings: Meat and Dairy

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A study conducted by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and commissioned by the Plastic Soup Foundation, has found that nearly 80 percent of meat and dairy products from farm animals contain microplastics.  Released July 8,...more

Foley Hoag LLP - Environmental Law

Is Momentum Building To Change the Way We Manage Plastic?

There has been a reasonable amount of recent activity related to management (or lack thereof) of plastic waste. Two more developments this month have me wondering whether we might be near the proverbial tipping point in our...more

Dentons

Dentons Flashpoint - July 8, 2022

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Key Takeaways - Japan’s former Prime Minister Abe has been assassinated. India bans single-use plastics. G20 foreign ministers convene with Russian Lavrov present and Ukraine war dominating the agenda. Analysis: Ukraine...more

Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

California Passes Sweeping Plastic Reduction Act

On July 29, 2022, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 54, the Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act (the “Act”).  The Act is designed to phase out single-use plastics in the state and is the...more

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

California Enacts Strict New Rules on Packaging Materials

On June 30, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 54, putting into place some of the nation’s strictest, far-reaching regulations on packaging materials. The legislation mandates significantly reduced use...more

Integral Consulting Inc.

It’s All in the Packaging: Regulators Work to Adopt Rules to Mitigate Plastic Pollution

It used to be all about glass—glass was too heavy, too expensive, and too dangerous to you or others if it fractured—so we invented plastics—strong, lightweight, less expensive. Half of all plastics ever made have been made...more

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Microplastics Found for the First Time in Freshly Fallen Snow

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In a study published last week, researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand identified microplastics in freshly fallen snow samples collected from 19 different sites across the Ross Island region of Antarctica....more

Foley Hoag LLP - State AG Insights

California AG Launches Investigation into Fossil Fuel and Petrochemical Industries for Plastic Pollution

On April 28, 2022, the California Attorney General launched an investigation into the “fossil fuel and petrochemical industries for their role in causing and exacerbating the global plastics pollution crisis.” As a first...more

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World’s Next Environmental Superhero is a Plastic-Eating Enzyme

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If you aren’t toting a reusable water bottle, bamboo straw, or canvas grocery bag, news of a plastic-eating enzyme may not resonate as revolutionary. Nevertheless, plastic waste ranks up there as one of the most pressing...more

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California AG Investigates Fossil Fuel, Petrochemical Industries for Plastics Pollution

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California AG Rob Bonta has launched an investigation into the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries for their alleged role in creating a worldwide plastics pollution crisis. ...more

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

California Announces First Statewide Microplastics Strategy

Companies should consider taking proactive measures to avoid being blindsided by future microplastic-related laws. California’s adoption of the Statewide Microplastics Strategy is the first attempt by a U.S. state to...more

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