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HTMLFinancial Stability Board Task Force Issues Recommendations Regarding Climate Change-Related Disclosures
Greenberg Traurig LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 17, 2017, previously published on January 9, 2017
On Dec. 14, 2016, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures issued an extensive report setting forth its recommendations for helping businesses disclose climate-related financial risks and opportunities. The Task Force was established in 2015 by the Financial Stability Board, an...

 

HTMLEPA Releases Final Amendments to Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule
Juan J. Miranda; Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 17, 2017, previously published on January 6, 2017
On December 21, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Gina McCarthy, signed the final Risk Management Program (RMP) rule under the Clean Air Act and has submitted the final Rule for publication in the Federal Registrar. The significant changes to RMP are intended to reduce risks...

 

HTMLFederal Government Announces Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change
Michael R. Barrett; Bennett Jones LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 11, 2017, previously published on December 13, 2016
The federal government, along with most of the premiers, signed a new pan-Canadian framework (the "Federal GHG Framework") on Friday, December 9, 2016. The Federal GHG Framework is intended to address climate change on a national platform. The federal government's approach to meeting its...

 

HTMLShould the EPA Be Monitoring Shorter Asbestos Fibers?
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 11, 2017, previously published on December 28, 2016
After years of research, it is believed that shorter asbestos fibers - like chrysotile asbestos fibers - may contribute to toxicity levels. Though initially this does not sound earth shattering, it deserves a closer look since federal regulations governing air quality in the workplace required...

 

HTMLCoal Ash Toxins Risk Childhood Birth Defects in Your Family
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 11, 2017, previously published on December 23, 2016
Ponds in High Rock Lake, North Carolina are being filled with arguably toxic waste from coal fueled power generation plants by Duke Energy. This waste, known as “coal ash,” contains a number of heavy metals including arsenic, lead, and selenium. These heavy metals are confirmed causes...

 

HTMLChemical Contaminates Corpus Christi Drinking Water
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 11, 2017, previously published on December 19, 2016
Residents of Corpus Christi, TX, have had a rough couple of days this December as they were urged by the city to stay away from the tap water due to possible contamination. While, according to CNN, this warning was originally sent out in an “abundance of caution” it has now been...

 

HTMLEPA Begins Asbestos Clean-Up in New York
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 11, 2017, previously published on December 19, 2016
In response to a 2015 request from the mayor of Canajoharie, New York, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has initiated an asbestos removal project at an abandoned New York paper sack factory. The EPA’s regional administrator announced in a press release that the agency is...

 

HTMLBear Head LNG Feeder Pipeline Receives Environmental Approval
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 6, 2017, previously published on Janury 3, 2017
On December 22, 2016, the Nova Scotia Minister of Environment approved the environmental assessment authorizing construction of Bear Paw Pipeline Corporation Inc.’s (Bear Paw) 62.5 mile pipeline to provide gas to the proposed Bear Head LNG export facility in Point Tupper, Richmond County,...

 

HTMLCap and Trade: MOECC Releases Offset Credits Regulatory Proposal
Jessica-Ann Buchta, Adam Chamberlain, Robert Eeuwes; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 6, 2017, previously published on December 14, 2016
On November 15, 2016, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change ("MOECC") published the Compliance Offset Credits Regulatory Proposal (the "Proposal") on the carbon offset program that is being developed to complement the province's cap and trade system.

 

HTMLEPA Invites Public Comments on Candidates for Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals
Martha E. Marrapese; Keller and Heckman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 5, 2017, previously published on December 19, 2016
Nominations to the new TSCA advisory committee for new and existing chemicals (referred to as the SACC) were formally announced in the Federal Register. Comments are due by January 9.

 


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