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SCOTUS On The Clean Water Act
Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., ruled that the flow of water from an improved portion of a navigable waterway into an unimproved portion of the same waterway does not qualify as a "discharge of a pollutant" under the Clean Water Act.
United States
14 Jan 2013
Lost The Kings, But Got Federal Transit Funds For Light Rail
It is no consolation prize for the City of Sacramento, but on the eve of the City losing the Sacramento Kings to the City of Seattle, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it will provide $135 million in federal matching money for the Sacramento Regional Transit District’s light rail system.
United States
14 Jan 2013
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
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
FTC Releases Proposed New Green Guides for Environmental Advertising Claims
On October 6, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") released its long-awaited proposed revisions to the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims or "Green Guides," which were last updated in 1998.
United States
13 Oct 2010
SEC Adopts Guidance On Climate Change Disclosures
On February 2, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued an interpretative release (the "Release") seeking to clarify public companies’ obligations to disclose potential impacts of climate change on their businesses.
United States
9 Feb 2010
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
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
EPA Takes First-Ever Regulatory Actions Aimed At Potential Nanomaterial Risks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has taken its first clear steps to directly regulate the potential environmental, health and safety (“EHS”) risks associated with the manufacture and use of nanomaterials.
United States
10 Nov 2008
Making The Case For Your Green Marketing Claims
In television, print, and Internet media alike, there has been a recent surge in environmental marketing – advertising that highlights the environmentally beneficial characteristics of consumer products.
United States
22 Sep 2008
EPA Proposes Rule Creating Framework For Carbon Sequestration
The United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") has begun to pave a road that could lead to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions emitted from fossil fuel power plants.
United States
28 Aug 2008
New ASTM Standard Provides Limited Tool For Assessing Vapor Intrusion Risks
Environmental regulators across the country have been scrambling to establish guidance for investigating and addressing an exposure pathway they had not previously considered in setting cleanup standards – vapor intrusion.
United States
20 Jun 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
Climate Change Issues Become Increasingly Important For Financial Institutions
Climate change issues are very much in the news lately, from Al Gore’s documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" winning an Academy Award to the possible listing of the polar bear as a threatened species.
United States
25 Apr 2007
Climate Change Strategies For The Financial Services Industry
"The breaking news is the arrival of a new set of stakeholders on the environmental scene, including banks and insurance companies. When the financial services industry – which focuses like a laser on return on investment – starts to worry about the environment, you know something big is happening."
United States
8 Jan 2007
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