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HTMLPresident Obama Signs H.R. 2576 Into Law
Thomas C. Berger, Trent M. Doyle, Herbert Estreicher, Eric P. Gotting, Martha E. Marrapese; Keller and Heckman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 30, 2016, previously published on June 22, 2016
On June 22, 2016, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 2576, the TSCA reform bill passed by Congress, into law.


HTMLTSCA Reform Presents Solutions and Questions for Industry
Samina M. Bharmal, Jay Holloway, Susan G. Lafferty, David M. McCullough, Liz Williamson; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 28, 2016, previously published on June 28, 2016
On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the first amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since its passage in 1976. The amendments significantly change the way that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...


Adobe PDFDeclaratory Relief Not Available to Confirm the Validity of Permits Issued by Environmental Regulators
Ryan C. McKim; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on January 8, 2015
In Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. v. Center for Biological Diversity, Inc., 771 F.3d. 632 (9th Cir. 2014), 2014 WL5839951, the Ninth Circuit struck a blow to companies hoping to prevent environmental groups from interfering with permits related to the environment.


Adobe PDFDefining the Scope of Operator Liability Post-Bestfoods
Sudhir Lay Burgaard; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on January 8, 2015
In California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) v. Jim Dobbas, Inc., et al., a district court in the Eastern District of California denied DTSC’s motion to dismiss cost recovery and contribution counterclaims against it brought under the Comprehensive Environmental Response,...


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...


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.”


HTMLEnvironmentalists Seek to Stop Fracking Before it can Start
David M. Bays; HeplerBroom LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on November 14, 2014
A 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...


HTMLWinter Storms Raise a Blizzard of Questions for Employers
Salvador P. Simao; Ford Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015
Executive 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...


HTMLThe Algae Bloom Incident
Sara Donnersbach; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
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.


HTMLPennsylvania Environmental Rights Amendment: Back to Payne v. Kassab?
David G. Mandelbaum; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 7, 2015
We 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...


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