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|U.S. DOJ and Pennsylvania Environmental Regulators Take Action Against Alleged Discharge Permit Violations|
Mary Beth Deemer, Jennifer M. (Jen) Hayes, Rebekah Byers (Becky) Kcehowski, Jane Borthwick Story; Jones Day;
May 19, 2016, previously published on April 2016In the Western District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") and Pennsylvania Department of the Environment ("DEP") last week filed a civil lawsuit against five coal companies alleging more than 1,500 separate violations of the companies' National Pollutant...
|Queensland Parliament Passes Environmental Chain of Responsibility Legislation: Investors Off the Hook but Directors Remain Accountable|
Brett Heading, James I. Parker, Tony J. Wassaf; Jones Day;
May 18, 2016, previously published on April 2016Further to the Alert issued by Jones Day in March, the Queensland Parliament passed the Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Act 2016 (Qld) (Amendment Act) on 22 April 2016.
|EPA's Consideration of Costs Leaves MATS Rule Unchanged|
Alina Fortson, Charles T. (Chuck) Wehland; Jones Day;
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 2016On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") submitted for publication in the Federal Register a Supplemental Finding, explaining how the agency took costs into account in promulgating Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plants (the "MATS Rule")...
|Great Bear Rainforest (Forest Management) Act Could Create Social Licence|
Sean Jones; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 18, 2016Twenty years ago, what is now called the Great Bear Rainforest, was on the front lines of environmental activism. A coalition of environmentalists, First Nations and locals took direct action to stop the logging of first growth temperate rainforest along British Columbia’s west coast. That...
|Agreement in Principle reached in Volkswagen "Clean Diesel" (Emissions Defeat Device) MDL No. 2672|
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 22, 2016San Francisco, Calif. - (April 21, 2016) - The MDL Plaintiffs' Steering Committee leading the Volkswagen Emissions "Defeat Device" consumer class actions is pleased to announce that they have reached an Agreement in Principle with Volkswagen regarding the claims of all 2.0 liter TDI...
|Let's Just Kick Them While They Are Down|
John B. King; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
April 21, 2016, previously published on April 2016The oil and gas sector is suffering from the recent reduction in prices. Lower prices mean fewer wells being drilled, reduced employment in the sector and a slowly diminishing production rate. However, the problems facing the oil and gas industry have not deterred the Environmental Protection...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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.