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FTA Evaluation Criteria Allows For More Transit Expansions To Receive Federal Funding
The Federal Transit Administration late last month released new evaluation criteria for transit projects vying for funds from the New Starts and Small Starts programs.
United States
14 Jan 2013
SEC Final Rule - Payment Disclosures By Resource Extraction Issuers
On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued a final rule implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the "Dodd-Frank Act").
United States
3 Sep 2012
SEC Issues Final Rule On Conflict Minerals Disclosures
On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued a final rule (the "Final Rule") implementing Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the "Dodd-Frank Act").
United States
3 Sep 2012
Massachusetts Court Upholds Collective Knowledge And Veil Piercing In Criminal Prosecution For Environmental Violations
In a case of first impression, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts recently affirmed criminal convictions against four different corporate defendants for failure to report one release of oil to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection ("MADEP").
United States
16 Sep 2011
Smart Grid And The Importance Of Intellectual Property
The U.S. power grid has more than 300,000 miles of sprawling transmission lines that weave throughout the country, and the Department of Energy gives it a 99.97% reliability rating. Yet despite the sheer size of the system, a few outages can cost Americans at least $150 billion dollars annually.
United States
4 Jul 2011
Department Of Energy Launches Innovation Challenge To Commercialize Energy IP Developed At National Labs
U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu recently announced the launch of a new federal program, America’s Next Top Energy Innovator, aimed at matching energy-related intellectual property generated by national laboratories such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory ("NREL"), Argonne and Lawrence-Berkeley with start-up companies eager to license those technologies and drive them toward commercialization.
United States
18 Apr 2011
New California Buildings Now Subject to CALGreen Code
As of January 1, 2011, new residential and nonresidential buildings in California need to comply with certain mandatory environmental requirements outlined in the new 2010 California Green Building Standards Code, popularly known as "CALGreen."
United States
5 Jan 2011
Treasury Releases Guidance For Renewable Energy Grants In Lieu Of Tax Credits
Many clean energy companies are grappling with the question of how to optimize the federal benefits available to them, often comparing tax credits and grants in lieu of tax credits available from the U.S. Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) under Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“Section 1603”).
United States
22 Jul 2009
Here Comes The Sun
As the world’s economy suffers through what feels like a long, cold, lonely winter, landowners are turning to solar power to generate revenue and offset costs.
United States
9 Jul 2009
Congress Considers Establishing Clean Energy Investment Agency
Congressional leaders have introduced legislation that establishes a new government agency dedicated to providing project-development funding assistance to innovative clean technologies, particularly what are referred to as high-risk, high-reward “breakthrough technologies.”
United States
28 May 2009
Supreme Court Endorses Apportionment Of Liability And Clarifies Arranger Liability For Useful Products Under CERCLA
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in “Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. v. United States (“Burlington Northern”)” represents a stark shift away from joint and several liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”).
United States
19 May 2009
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Announces Solicitation For Transformational Energy Technology Research Proposals
On April 27, 2009, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (“ARPA-E”) issued its long-awaited first solicitation targeted to advance “high-risk, high-reward research” into energy technology, primarily through direct governmental support in the form of grants.
United States
6 May 2009
EPA Issues Proposed Endangerment Finding For Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under The Clean Air Act
On Friday, April 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released a proposed rule under the federal Clean Air Act (“CAA”) that moves the federal government closer to regulating greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions.
United States
29 Apr 2009
EPA Proposal Mandates Greenhouse Gas Reporting
Under significant new regulations proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), many major industrial and power generating facilities will be required to track and annually report to EPA their greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions.
United States
23 Mar 2009
Regulating Nanoscale Silver As A Pesticide: Is EPA Opening Pandora’s Box?
As nanoscale materials continue to find their way into a larger range of products, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) appears to be stepping up its efforts to regulate these materials under its existing statutory authorities.
United States
10 Dec 2008
Department Of Energy Announces Expansion And Solicitation For Entrepreneur In Residence Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on November 19, 2008 a competitive solicitation for five venture capital firms to participate in the expansion of DOE’s Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program.
United States
25 Nov 2008
Congress Extends And Approves New Alternative Energy Tax Credits
The financial recovery legislation (H.R. 1424) that Congress passed and the President signed on October 3, 2008, also includes the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (the “Act”), which contains about $17 billion in tax incentives for clean energy services.
United States
9 Oct 2008
Department Of Homeland Security’s New Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Are Broadly Applicable To American Industry
The Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") has taken the first step toward establishing a comprehensive regulatory program to ensure the security of facilities storing potentially dangerous chemicals. This program will affect much more than the chemical industry.
United States
30 Aug 2007
Beyond The Stacks And Tailpipes: Massachusetts To Address GHGs In The Development Sector
On the heels of its victory over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") in the Supreme Court, which held that EPA has authority to regulate greenhouse gases ("GHG") under the Clean Air Act, Massachusetts is taking new steps to address GHGs, and their impact on climate change.
United States
19 Jun 2007
FIN 47 Poses Hard Questions For Estimating Future Environmental Liabilities
In March 2005, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued a new interpretation, FASB Interpretation No. 47 ("FIN 47"), clarifying when and how companies must estimate and recognize costs that they will incur in the future when they retire fixed assets.
United States
26 Apr 2007
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