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EPA’s New Strategy for Addressing the Retail Sector under RCRA

Posted in Environmental Compliance, Retail

By Jeryl L. Olson, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: EPA publishes new Retail Strategy in an attempt to address the unique challenges the retail sector faces in complying with RCRA’s hazardous waste regulations.

The regulation of hazardous waste in stores, warehouses and during reverse logistics processes in the retail sector has been fraught … Continue Reading

Retail Detail: California Adopts New Regulations For Warnings Under Proposition 65: CAVEAT VENDITOR (Sellers Beware)

Posted in California, Environmental Compliance, Retail

By Jay W. Connolly and Aaron Belzer

Seyfarth Synopsis: New California regulations provide more specific guidance on the content of Prop 65 “safe harbor” warnings, and on the corresponding methods for providing such warnings.

Come August 30, 2018, consumer products to be released into the California marketplace must meet new regulations under California’s infamous Proposition 65. On August 30, 2016, … Continue Reading

New Eye-Popping Statistics: Multinationals Operating in China Should be Aware of Increased Enforcement of Chinese Environmental Laws as Well as the Potential for Blacklisting

Posted in China, Environmental Compliance, Investigations/Inspections, White Collar

By Wan Li, Andrew S. Boutros, Kay R. Bonza, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection has just announced criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement statistics, and put companies on notice that those who violate environmental laws and rules may face blacklisting, including restrictions to their future business endeavors.

We have previously written … Continue Reading

Energy Insights: An Update from the First Quarter of 2016

Posted in Alternative Energy, CAA, Environmental Compliance, Greenhouse Gas, Renewable Energy

By Robert S. Winner, Andrew L. Berg, and Ashley M. Hymel

Seyfarth Synopsis: In this edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s Energy Insights Newsletter, our Energy and Clean Technologies team covers important developments in Q1 2016 for the energy industry including 1) the fate of the Clean Power Plan and potential impact on U.S. compliance with the Paris Agreement, … Continue Reading

FTC Asks – Are Your “All Natural” Claims All Accurate?

Posted in Environmental Compliance, Green Marketing, Sustainability

By Andrew H. Perellis and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: Companies that make “all natural” claims for their products may come under FTC scrutiny and enforcement.

The Federal Trade Commission announced five cases this week with companies that market their products as “all natural” or “100% natural,” alleging deceptive use of those phrases in ads for skincare products, shampoos, styling … Continue Reading

EPA Plans to Ease Path to Superfund Listing: Vapor Intrusion Component to be Added to the Hazardous Ranking System

Posted in CERCLA, Environmental Compliance

By Andrew H. Perellis and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just announced a proposed rule to add a subsurface intrusion (SsI) component to the Superfund Hazard Ranking System (HRS).  Addition of a Subsurface Intrusion Component to the Hazard Ranking System, RIN 2050-AG67 (February 3, 2016).

By adding the consideration of vapor intrusion, hundreds of … Continue Reading

Senate Passes Long Awaited Chemical Safety Bill

Posted in Chemical Safety, Environmental Compliance, TSCA

By Patrick D. Joyce, Philip L. Comella, and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Senate yesterday passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Chemical Safety Act).

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), in an announcement, indicated that the legislation creates a “predictable and transparent federal system to regulate the safety of chemicals based on the latest … Continue Reading

EPA Modernizes the Audit Policy

Posted in Due Diligence, Environmental Compliance

By Patrick D. Joyce, Jeryl L. Olson, and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is modernizing its self-disclosure policy, commonly known as the Audit Policy, through a centralized “eDisclosure Portal” to receive and automatically process self-disclosed civil violations of environmental laws. 80 Fed. Reg. 76476 (December 9, 2015).

The new Portal will serve as … Continue Reading

Energy Insights: An Update from the Third Quarter of 2015

Posted in Alternative Energy, CAA, Environmental Compliance, Mexico, OSHA Compliance

By Joshua L. Ditelberg and Robert S. Winner

In this edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s Energy Insights Newsletter our Energy and Clean Technologies team covers important developments in Q3 2015 for the energy industry including 1) the latest initiatives from the Environmental Protection Agency on clean power, climate and chemical regulation, 2) the National Labor Relations Board’s major shift on joint-employer … Continue Reading