Monthly Archives: March 2020

Stanford Earth Scientists Develop Emissions Tracking Tool to Reduce Climate Change Impacts from Electricity Usage

Tue Mar 31st, On Sustainability, by

If companies could see how much electricity they’re consuming and what their emission level is every hour of the year, they could shift their operations to better match the carbon-intensity of the grid. Scientists at Stanford University, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, have developed a precise way to measure power plant emissions hour-by-hour, twenty-four hours a day, which will allow companies to reduce their carbon footprint in real […]

Covid-19 Policy Update

Mon Mar 30th, On Firm News, by

In response to Governor Newsom’s “shelter-in-place” order for California, Bick Law has instituted a mandatory work-from-home policy for all attorneys and staff. As we are fully equipped to work remotely, we do not anticipate that this policy will interfere with our normal business operations. At present, we remain fully operational during normal business hours. Bick Law attorneys and staff, as always, are ready and available to serve our clients. In […]

Trump’s EPA Relaxes Some Environmental Regulations, Because Coronavirus

Fri Mar 27th, On Compliance Counseling, by

EPA’s head compliance official, Susan P. Bodine, recently announced EPA’s intention to loosen regulatory enforcement for businesses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a memo dated March 26, 2020, Bodine refers to pandemic conditions that have complicated enforcement, including a smaller workforce, social distancing requirements, and travel restrictions. Given all of these sudden, dramatic changes, EPA concludes that “efforts to protect workers and the public from COVID-19 may […]

California Water Board Issues Guidelines For Regulatory Compliance During COVID-19 Response

Wed Mar 25th, On Compliance Counseling, by

Last week, as part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order requiring all Californians to “shelter in place.” The Order requires all state residents stay at home, leaving only to engage in “essential activities.” The Order identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors that provide services that are essential to the health and well-being of Californians. The sixteen sectors include: chemicals; commercial […]

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