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|Climate Change Related Pieces in Federal Budget|
Michael R. Barrett, Matthew Peters; Bennett Jones LLP;
April 19, 2016, previously published on March 29, 2016Finance Minister Bill Morneau's first federal budget includes many of the environmental initiatives the Liberals raised in their election platform. The federal government's approach is to infuse environmental concepts into a broad range of policy initiatives. This update will highlight certain...
|Chain of Responsibility Reforms Set to Overhaul Liability for Environmental Clean-Ups in Queensland|
Brett Heading, James I. Parker, Tony Wassaf; Jones Day;
April 14, 2016, previously published on March 2016The mining and resources downturn is bringing forward the closure of many of Australia's ageing smelters, steelworks, power stations and mines and their corresponding environmental rehabilitation obligations. Often, the owners of those assets lack the financial ability to cover their statutory...
|Updating The Biotechnology Mission For The Bioeconomy|
Martha E. Marrapese; Keller and Heckman LLP;
April 14, 2016, previously published on March 15, 2016What is the bioeconomy? The February 2016 Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy describes it as a loose-knit, diverse group of commercial activities with their common frame of reference being the deployment of renewable resources — plants, trees and vegetation — to make useful...
|Revisiting the New Jersey Superior Court’s Approval of Exxon Mobil’s NRD Settlement: A Closer Look at Large Natural Resource Damage Calculations|
Daniel Flynn; Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP;
April 13, 2016, previously published on April 2016The decision by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to settle an $8.9 billion natural resource damage (NRD) claim for $225 million generated understandable controversy due to the size of the discount.
|A Practical Understanding of the Polymer Exemption|
Thomas C. Berger, Rhys G. Daniels, Matthew B. Harney, Adrienne M. Timmel; Keller and Heckman LLP;
March 30, 2016, previously published on March 14, 2016The polymer exemption at 40 C.F.R. § 723.250 exempts qualifying polymers from the premanufacture notification requirements of section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), (40 C.F.R. § 720). To implement the exemption persons need only internally and in writing certify compliance...
|Environmental Assessment for Petronas’ LNG Export Terminal Extended for Three Months|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
March 22, 2016, previously published on March 21, 2016The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has been granted a three month extension to review new information and complete its environmental assessment for the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNWLNG) export terminal near Lelu Island, British Columbia. Malaysian state oil company Petronas...
|Woodfibre LNG Receives Favorable Environmental Decision|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
March 22, 2016, previously published on March 21, 2016The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced that the proposed Woodfibre LNG export terminal (Woodfibre), located near Squamish, British Columbia, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The Environmental Assessment...
|PHMSA Announces Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Rules|
Paul F. Forshay, Allison E. Speaker, Michael A. Stosser; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
March 22, 2016, previously published on March 22, 2016The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a proposal to implement regulations that would add new safety measures designed to raise existing safety standards applicable to pipelines currently regulated by PHMSA. The Administration also proposes to make those...
|Consequences of the Mount Polley Dam Failure: Amendments to the Mines Act|
Sean Jones, Heidi Rolfe; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
March 21, 2016, previously published on March 11, 2016On February 25, 2016, as part of British Columbia's response to the Mount Polley dam failure, British Columbia's Minister of Energy and Mines introduced amendments to the Mines Act, RSBC 1996, c 293, aimed at strengthening the provincial government's regulatory oversight of the mining industry....
|A New Regime Begins: the Water Sustainability Act is Brought into Force|
Kristen Balcom, Luke Dineley; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
March 21, 2016, previously published on March 11, 2016British Columbia's long-awaited Water Sustainability Act (the "Act") came into force on February 29, 2016. The Act replaces the long standing Water Act, which was over 100 years old. To date, six regulations associated with the new Act have come into force: the Water Sustainability...