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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

EPA Releases Final Clean Water Act Electronic Reporting Rule

Posted in CWA, Environmental Compliance

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week finalized its rule to “modernize” Clean Water Act (CWA) regulatory reporting requirements for municipalities, industries, and other facilities.

According to the Agency’s news release the final rule will require regulated entities and state and federal regulators to “use existing, available information … Continue Reading

Be Careful About What you Claim – Or Fail to Claim – FTC Sends Green Guides Warning Letters

Posted in Environmental Compliance, Green Marketing, Sustainability

By Ilana R. Morady, Meagan Newman, and Craig B. Simonsen

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent warning letters to providers of environmental certification seals, and to businesses using those seals, alerting them to the Commission’s concerns that the seals “could be considered deceptive and may not comply with the FTC’s environmental marketing guidelines.”

In the FTC’s news … Continue Reading

EPA Says “Stop” – Don’t Dump Those Drugs Down the Drain

Posted in Chemical Safety, Environmental Compliance, RCRA

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week released a pre-publication copy of a proposed rule on pharmaceutical hazardous wastes in healthcare and related industries that will significantly affect our healthcare clients. 80 Fed. Reg. 58014 (Sept. 25, 2015).

Under the proposed rule, aimed at hospitals, clinics, nursing … Continue Reading