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HTMLMaryland's Lead Paint Law Affects Additional Properties Starting January 1, 2015
James B. Witkin; Linowes and Blocher LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 18, 2014
Beginning January 1, 2015, residential properties in Maryland built between 1950 and 1978 will be subject to the state's lead paint law. Until now, the law applied only to properties built before 1950. An estimated 330,000 additional rental units will be affected.

 

HTMLAmendments to the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act receive Royal Assent
David E. Schwartz; Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published by IP Update — Canada, Smart & Biggar’s Canadian intellectual property and technology law update
Bill C-18, entitled the Agricultural Growth Act, received Royal Assent on February 25, 2015, and will come into force on a day to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.

 

HTMLAlberta Climate Change Regulations Extended to June 30, 2015
Michael J. Styczen; Davis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 04, 2014
The Government of Alberta announced on December 19 that the four key regulations that set out Alberta’s intensity-based greenhouse gas regulation program - the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation, the Specified Gas Reporting Regulation, the Administrative Penalty Regulation, and the Climate...

 

HTMLInternal Documents Reveal Concealment of Benzene Dangers
James P. Nevin; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 23, 2014
For over sixty years, the companies within the chemical and oil industries--and the lawyers that represent them--have been arguing the safety levels of benzene and other toxic substances in and out of the courtroom. Their arguments, supported by self-funded scientific research, downplay hazards...

 

HTMLMDE Moves Forward with Hazardous Substance Reporting Requirements
Charles R. Schaller, James B. Witkin; Linowes and Blocher LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on November 25, 2014
In 2008 the Maryland General Assembly passed a law requiring disclosure of environmental due diligence investigations commonly performed as part of commercial real estate transactions. The Maryland Department of the Environment ("MDE") finally proposed the implementing regulations on...

 

HTMLCorps Issues New Compensatory Mitigation Guidelines for California
Alexander L. Merritt; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on January 21, 2015
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division, has issued its “Final 2015 Regional Compensatory Mitigation and Monitoring Guidelines.”

 

HTMLBeware of Citizen Suits for Storm Water Violations
Albert M. Cohen; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2015
In recent months several private organizations have sent letters to California businesses informing them that they are in violation of their storm water permits and threatening to sue them under the citizen suit provision of the Clean Water Act, which authorizes private parties to enforce...

 

HTMLTCEQ Reassumes Texas Permitting Duties from EPA.
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2015, previously published on February 20, 2015
For the past two years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has handled permitting duties in Texas while the state has worked on implementing its own program. On Thursday the EPA issued its last federal greenhouse gas permit in Texas and transferred the remaining applications to the...

 

HTMLOil Patch Regulators Order Bakken Crude “Stabilized,” A Step to Enhance Oil Train Safety
Joseph J. McGovern; Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014
On December 9 the North Dakota Industrial Commission issued an Order requiring production facilities to separate volatile gases, the so-called “light ends,” like propane and butane, from crude oil before it is shipped to ports and refineries. Twenty percent of all crude oil produced in...

 

HTMLState Regulators Are On Track To Improve Oil Train Safety
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell Hippel LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on November 24, 2014
Our November 13 post noted that most of the crude oil from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota is shipped to ports and refineries throughout the United States by rail, typically in unit trains with one hundred cars or more. Fully twenty percent of all production from the Bakken is shipped through...

 


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