By Ilana R. Morady

nugget goldSeyfarth Synopsis: Companies are experiencing difficulties in complying with their disclosure responsibilities under the SEC’s conflict mineral requirements.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report to Congress on the effectiveness of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) conflict minerals rule, finding that companies are experiencing difficulties in

By Jeryl L. Olson and Patrick D. Joyce

Our retail clients with stores and warehouse facilities in the State of New York are warned that the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) has announced that it will begin enforcing regulations relating to hazardous waste against big boxes, supermarkets, pharmacies and other

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

The EPA, in an effort to expand the number of chemicals and functional-use categories on its  Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL), is inviting chemical manufacturers to submit their chemicals for review and listing.

The SCIL includes chemicals that have met EPA safety criteria developed

By Jeryl L. Olson and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday released a Notice of Data Availability for “Hazardous Waste Management in the Retail Sector.” 79 Fed. Reg. 8926 (February 14, 2014).

An impetus for the Notice was President Obama’s Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, “which charges

Lawrence Moss and Scott Schonfeld recently published a client alert on the City of Chicago’s new Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance. Chapter 18-14.

Chicago now joins several other major municipalities which have adopted similar legislation, including New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Boston, and San Francisco. Subject to limited exceptions, and staggered reporting

By Ilana R. Morady and Meagan Newman

California’s Safer Consumer Product regulations, which implement the state’s “Green Chemistry” law, will take effect October 1, 2013. The regulations require manufacturers of widely used consumer products to seek safer alternatives to harmful chemical ingredients.

The regulations, which apply to consumer products in the California stream of

By Meagan Newman

While large and small companies across the globe have been addressing issues of corporate responsbility and sustainability for many years now, India has became the first country to pass a law that requires large companies to spend a percentage of their profits on corporate sustainability initiatives.  The law, which updates India’s