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HTMLUpcoming Deadlines for Biocides in the EU
Marijn Bodelier, Jacomijn Christ; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 26, 2016, previously published on May 6, 2016
In the European Union the manufacturing, import, sale, and use of chemical substances are highly regulated. Biocidal products are regulated under (EU) No. 528/2012 (EU Biocides Regulation).1 The EU Biocides Regulation entered into force in EU Member States on Sept. 1, 2013. However, the European...


HTMLU.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;
Legal Alert/Article
May 19, 2016, previously published on April 2016
In 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...


HTMLQueensland 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;
Legal Alert/Article
May 18, 2016, previously published on April 2016
Further 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.


HTMLGreat Bear Rainforest (Forest Management) Act Could Create Social Licence
Sean Jones; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 18, 2016
Twenty 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...


HTMLEPA's Consideration of Costs Leaves MATS Rule Unchanged
Alina Fortson, Charles T. (Chuck) Wehland; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 2016
On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") submitted for publication in the Federal Register a Supplemental Finding,[1] explaining how the agency took costs into account in promulgating Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plants (the "MATS Rule")...


HTMLAgreement in Principle reached in Volkswagen "Clean Diesel" (Emissions Defeat Device) MDL No. 2672
Motley Rice;
Legal Alert/Article
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 22, 2016
San 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...


HTMLLet's Just Kick Them While They Are Down
John B. King; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 21, 2016, previously published on April 2016
The 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...


HTMLClimate Change Related Pieces in Federal Budget
Michael R. Barrett, Matthew Peters; Bennett Jones LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 19, 2016, previously published on March 29, 2016
Finance 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...


HTMLUpdating The Biotechnology Mission For The Bioeconomy
Martha E. Marrapese; Keller and Heckman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2016, previously published on March 15, 2016
What 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...


HTMLChain of Responsibility Reforms Set to Overhaul Liability for Environmental Clean-Ups in Queensland
Brett Heading, James I. Parker, Tony Wassaf; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2016, previously published on March 2016
The 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...


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