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Supreme Court’s Southern Union Decision Helps Level the Playing Field for Corporations Subject to Criminal Fines
Posted on 13 Jul 2012 by Bruce Pasfield

By Bruce Pasfield and Elise Paeffgen, Attorneys, Alston & Bird LLP On June 21, 2012, the Supreme Court in Southern Union Co. v. U.S., 567 U.S. __ (2012) held that the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial requires juries not judges to decide the... Read More

US EPA Publishes Proposed List of National Enforcement Initiatives for FY2017–19
Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

On September 15, 2015, US EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance published a proposed list of national enforcement initiatives (NEIs) for fiscal years 2017–19. This latest NEI list includes NEIs from the last round (FY2014–16... Read More

Jenner & Block: Important Environmental Compliance Considerations In The Wake Of Hurricane Sandy
Posted on 13 Nov 2012 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, and Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block As Hurricane Sandy swept across the Eastern Seaboard, the images of its destructive power were humbling. As everyone begins to dig out from the damage caused by the... Read More

Keller and Heckman LLP: Senate Holds Hearing on Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
Posted on 12 Dec 2011 by Keller and Heckman LLP

Judging by a recent hearing, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee appears ready to move forward with the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847) (SCA2011) . SCA2011 was introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg earlier this year in his continued... Read More

Keller and Heckman LLP: Japan's New Chemical Reporting Requirements
Posted on 13 Jul 2011 by Keller and Heckman LLP

On April 1, 2011, a new reporting requirement for chemicals came into effect in Japan. This new requirement originated in the 2009 amendment to Japan's chemical control law and requires that companies submit an annual report on chemical substances... Read More

Who literally profits from Proposition 65 litigation?
Posted on 2 Aug 2013 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

An interesting two-piece assessment has been published by KQED, the San Francisco PBS radio and television station. They are succinct and informative. Links to the two articles can be found at: http://blogs.kqed.org/science/audio/who-profits-from... Read More

Keller and Heckman: U.S. House of Representatives Initiates Series of Hearings to Discuss the Toxic Substances Control Act
Posted on 5 Aug 2013 by Keller and Heckman LLP

On June 13, 2013, the House Environment and the Economy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing entitled “Title I of the Toxic Substances Control Act: Understanding its History and Reviewing its Impact.” Given the... Read More

What is California Up To? – The Initial List of Candidate Toxic Chemicals is Published
Posted on 23 Oct 2013 by Keller and Heckman LLP

The California Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR) took effect on October 1, 2013. http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/LawsRegsPolicies/Regs/upload/Text-of-Final-Safer-Consumer-Products-Regulations-2.pdf The CA Dept of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released... Read More

Keller and Heckman LLP: RoHS Recast Final and Official; Implementation Dates Abound
Posted on 30 Aug 2011 by Keller and Heckman LLP

The Official Journal of the European Union has published Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (recast RoHS), following the European Council's formal adoption of the... Read More

Keller and Heckman LLP: Upcoming Deadline for TSCA Polymer Exemption Notification
Posted on 18 Jan 2013 by Keller and Heckman LLP

January 31 is an important upcoming deadline for companies that manufacture or import polymers under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) "polymer exemption." [1] The one-time notification to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA... Read More

The Mind the Store Initiative — Moving Beyond Existing Regulatory Schemes
Posted on 31 Oct 2013 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

The Safer Chemicals/Healthy Families Coalition (which includes Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, US Public Interest Research Group, several environmental... Read More

Keller and Heckman LLP: Bipartisan Meetings on The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
Posted on 3 Jul 2011 by Keller and Heckman LLP

A series of stakeholder meetings on Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) (15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq. ) "reform" began in the Senate on June 21, 2011. Billed as bipartisan stakeholder talks, these meetings may bring us closer to a viable TSCA... Read More

California Enacts Modest Reform to Proposition 65
Posted on 24 Oct 2013 by Troutman Sanders

By Karen F. Lederer and Eric L. Unis On October 5, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill amending the state’s notorious Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly known as Prop 65, giving some protection... Read More

Pepper Hamilton: How Are We Doing? The Mercury Story
Posted on 27 Feb 2013 by Pepper Hamilton Environmental Law Practice Group

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel , Pepper Hamilton LLP The late Ed Koch (former mayor of New York) famously used to ask his constituents "How am I doing?" Answering this question is also prudent (if not required) in evaluating environmental... Read More

Jenner & Block: U.S. Court of Appeals Mandates Decision on Act of War Defense to WTC CERCLA Claims
Posted on 7 Jun 2012 by Gabrielle Sigel

By Gabrielle Sigel, Partner, Jenner & Block The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued a mandate to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, requiring the lower court to determine whether contamination from... Read More