The Wind and the Sun

By Gregory C. Dorris, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP Æsop Fables (Sixth century B.C.). The Harvard Classics 1909-14. Moral of the Story "Kindness Effects More Than Severity" THE WIND and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveller coming...

International Green Construction Code: Jumping the Gun and Veering off Track?

By Vicki R. Harding, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP As noted in a prior post , the final International Green Construction Code (IGCC) has been approved and is scheduled for publication in March 2012. The IGCC was developed by the International Code Council (ICC) - which issues model codes that are...

New Legislation Intended to Reduce Burdensome Regulation by Michigan Agencies

By Thomas P. Wilczak and Andrea E. Hayden, Attorneys, Pepper Hamilton LLP On November 28, 2011 Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder signed five bills into law, three of which amend Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), and two that amend its Administrative Procedures...

Year End Nanotechnology Developments

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP The Environmental Protection Agency's Inspector General (IG) issued a report, EPA Needs to Manage Nanomaterial Risks More Effectively , December 29, 2011 critiquing EPA's regulation of nanomaterials (i.e., particles or fibers with a diameter...

Pepper Hamilton: Nike, Adidas Pledge to Stop Toxic Discharges from Supply Chain by 2020 – A Pledge that May Be Easier to Make than Keep

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP A number of companies (Adidas Group, C&A, G-Star, H&M, Li Ning, Nike Inc., and Puma) have pledged to eliminate hazardous chemical discharges from their factories by 2020. Specifically, they plan to verify that phthalates (a substance that...