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|Internal Documents Reveal Concealment of Benzene Dangers|
James P. Nevin; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 23, 2014For 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...
|Corps Issues New Compensatory Mitigation Guidelines for California|
Alexander L. Merritt; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
February 26, 2015, previously published on January 21, 2015The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division, has issued its “Final 2015 Regional Compensatory Mitigation and Monitoring Guidelines.”
|Winter Storms Raise a Blizzard of Questions for Employers|
Salvador P. Simao; Ford Harrison LLP;
February 18, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015Executive Summary: Almost a year ago, a series of winter storms blasted the country, costing billions in damages and business disruption. Yesterday, businesses and residents in the country's Northeast Corridor again braced for what some predicted would be a blizzard of "historic...
|The Algae Bloom Incident|
Sara Donnersbach; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014 Over 70% of our Earth's surface is covered by water. Although seemingly abundant, the real issue is the amount of fresh water available.
|Environmentalists Seek to Stop Fracking Before it can Start|
David M. Bays; HeplerBroom LLC;
February 18, 2015, previously published on November 14, 2014A year after the Illinois Department of Natural Resources proposed the first draft of the administrative rules regulating high-volume hydraulic fracking, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved the final rules on November 6, 2014, which are to be published in the Illinois Register by...
|EU Leaders Agree to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 40% by 2030|
Aonghus Heatley; Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 12, 2014European Union (EU) leaders recently reached agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 as compared with 1990 levels. The leaders also agreed a binding, at the EU level, target to obtain at least 27 percent of the EU’s energy from renewable sources by 2030 and a...
|Miami-Dade County Moves Forward with Comprehensive Climate Change Planning Initiatives|
Kerri L. Barsh; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 22, 2015I have written previously here about Miami-Dade County’s recent climate change initiatives, which included adoption of requirements in 2014 that all county infrastructure projects consider the potential impact of sea level rise during all project phases and that existing infrastructure be...
|County of San Diego’s Adopted Climate Action Plan Violates CEQA: Fails to Include Enforceable GHG Reduction Measures|
Jeffrey W. Forrest, Jennifer L. Gunsch; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014On October 29, 2014, the Fourth District California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the trial court’s decision in favor of Sierra Club, agreeing that the County of San Diego’s adopted Climate Action Plan (CAP) violated CEQA. First, the court held the County’s adopted CAP...
|New York Governor Vetoes Extension of Brownfields Credits - What Next?|
Steven C. Russo; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 5, 2015Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have extended the current Brownfield tax credit program for fifteen months beyond its expiration at the end of this year. The Governor apparently wishes to use the possibility that the tax credits will expire as an impetus for...
|Pennsylvania Environmental Rights Amendment: Back to Payne v. Kassab?|
David G. Mandelbaum; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 7, 2015We have a new opinion today under the Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution. Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v. Commonwealth, No. 228 M.D. 2012 (Pa. Commw. Ct. Jan. 7, 2015). Maybe the state constitution mandates some sort of environmental impact study before...