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Nationwide GE Labeling Leaps Forward
Four years after California's genetically engineered food labeling initiative was defeated, but just days before Vermont's GE law is to go into effect, the U.S. Senate is poised to impose such labeling nationwide.
United States
4 Jul 2016
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USDA To Verify Non-GMO Claims
There is now a U.S. Department of Agriculture label for non-GMO claims.
United States
20 May 2015
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CFTC Reauthorization Bill Includes JOBS Act Fix
The House Agricultural Committee passed the CFTC authorization bill late last week, HR 2289.
United States
19 May 2015
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California Adopts New General Storm Water Permit That Ups The Ante For Builders And Developers
The California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) has adopted a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction and Land Disturbance Activities (“Construction General Permit”).
United States
21 Sep 2009
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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Grants One-Year Stay
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”) was signed into law by President Bush on August 14, 2008. The CPSIA represents a major overhaul of the earlier Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”) and was drafted in an attempt to modernize the CPSA and the regulating body, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”).
United States
12 Feb 2009
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Building A Greener San Francisco
Seeking to solidify its position as a leader in sustainability efforts, the City of San Francisco has followed on the heels of Los Angeles and other California municipalities by enacting new green building measures for construction and renovation of private sector development.
United States
7 Aug 2008
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Stayin’ Alive: California Legislature Grants Automatic One-Year Extension To Subdivision Map Act Approvals
In keeping with similar extensions provided during previous downturns in the housing market, the California Legislature recently passed a bill that will automatically extend the expiration date of tentative maps, vesting tentative maps, and tentative parcel maps approved under the Subdivision Map Act for an additional 12 months.
United States
25 Jul 2008
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Developers Beware: Significant Changes In Store For General Storm Water Permits For Construction Activities
The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) recently proposed its draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction and Land Disturbance Activities (Draft Construction Permit).
United States
14 May 2008
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Vermont Court Gives The "Green Light" To California´s Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards For New Automobiles September 2007
The eye of the climate change storm is descending upon the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In April, the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, holding that greenhouse gases are pollutants under the Clean Air Act and the U.S. EPA has the authority to regulate the emission of those gases.
United States
 
18 Sep 2007
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China Update: Chinese Real Estate
The PRC Property Right Law was promulgated and approved by the National People’s Congress on March 16, 2007 and will become effective from October 1, 2007. The Property Law, which covers a wide range of matters affecting both personal and real property, is one of the most important pieces of legislation to be promulgated in the People’s Republic of China in recent years.
China
5 Jun 2007
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Ninth Circuit Decides CERCLA Case Regarding Defenses To Joint And Several Liability
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case of first impression regarding the "divisibility" defense to joint and several liability under the federal Superfund, or "CERCLA."
United States
 
13 Apr 2007
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"One Bite At The Apple" - CEQA Statute Of Limitations Runs From First Discretionary Approval
Does a second discretionary approval for a project "revive" the project opponents’ ability to sue under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), even after the CEQA statute of limitations has run on the first discretionary approval? This is an issue that has been debated for years. A recent California appellate court decision, Citizens for a Megaplex-Free Alameda v. City of Alameda, is helpful in removing some of this uncertainty.
United States
 
12 Apr 2007
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The Dirt - Land Use, Environmental, Natural Resources and Consumer Products Law and Regulation, Fall 2006
While Morrison & Foerster LLP has long been at the forefront of cutting-edge environmental issues, it is the firm’s ability to identify and analyze problems and possibilities for its clients and friends that sets it apart. Rather than merely provide dry legal analysis without real world context and application, we strive to give a practical assessment of how a new law or case or rule will affect your day-to-day operations.
United States
 
19 Dec 2006
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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Interprets the U.S. Supreme Court´s Rapanos v. United States Decision
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has weighed in on the interpretation of Rapanos v. United States, the recent U.S. Supreme Court case that struggled to define wetlands covered under the Clean Water Act.
United States
 
18 Aug 2006
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Ninth Circuit Upholds Service’s Issuance of an Incidental Take Statement for a California "Fully Protected Species"
In a very significant decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may authorize the incidental take of species under federal law that are "fully protected" under California law. This decision resolves a long-standing question whether the Service may authorize such take in light of language in the Service’s regulations allowing incidental take that results from "an otherwise lawful activity.
United States
 
16 Jun 2006
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Court Decides "Consistency Determinations" Under the California Endangered Species Act Are Not Subject to CEQA Review
On October 28, 2005, the Sacramento County Superior Court decided, in a case of first impression, that a consistency determination by the Department of Fish and Game is not a discretionary project triggering the environmental review requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act.
United States
8 Nov 2005
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EPA Publishes Final Rule on All Appropriate Inquiries
On November 1, 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency published its long-awaited final rule setting federal standards for the conduct of all appropriate inquiries. 70 Fed. Reg. 66070 (Nov. 1, 2005). "All appropriate inquiries" is the process of evaluating a property’s environmental conditions and assessing potential liability for any contamination, and is a key test in determining future liability for prospective purchasers of the property.
United States
3 Nov 2005
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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Two Property Rights Rulings in Closing Days of the 2004-2005 Term
The United States Supreme Court has issued the second and third decisions in its expected trilogy of property rights decisions for the just concluded 2004-2005 term. First, in Kelo v. City of New London, the Court rejected an argument by private landowners in Connecticut that a city’s taking of their property for development by a private developer would violate the "public use" provision in the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.
United States
 
12 Jul 2005
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California Court of Appeal Upholds Environmental Impact Report Against Challenge Based on Urban Decay Impacts
As controversy grows over "big box" retail projects, California courts have issued a number of decisions involving claims about the economic and environmental impacts of such projects. Opponents of both "big box" retail and other commercial projects often assert that such projects will create urban decay as other businesses are displaced. A recent decision by the Third District Court of Appeal demonstrates how an environmental impact report can be prepared to successfully def
United States
12 Jul 2005
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Proposed Legislation Amending California State Water Quality Act Will Seriously Impact Local Government Agencies
Legislation has been introduced in Sacramento that has serious potential impacts for local government agencies that hold Clean Water Act ("NPDES") waste or stormwater discharge permit. The legislation, Senate Bill 729, was introduced by State Senator Lowenthal on February 22, 2005 and was then amended on April 19.
United States
 
27 Apr 2005
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