Category: Compliance Counseling

SEC Signals Intention to Encourage Increased ESG Investing, Possible Guidelines

Tue Nov 17th, On Compliance Counseling, by

The current SEC Commissioner, Allison Lee, recently signaled the agency’s desire to encourage financial institutions to consider environmental issues when evaluating their investments. Identifying climate change as a specific and increasing threat to the U.S. economy, the Commissioner called for more regulated disclosures of environmental, social, and corporate governance (“ESG”) risks, particularly with regard to financial institutions known to invest in fossil fuels. Lee identified climate change as a systemic […]

Vapor Intrusion Investigations and Emergency Actions May Continue, As EPA Issues Interim Guidance Regarding Possible Delays In Superfund and RCRA Response Actions and Site Work During COVID-19 Pandemic

Fri Apr 10th, On Compliance Counseling, by

Today, EPA issued its “Interim Guidance on Site Field Work Decisions Due to Impacts of COVID-19.” This guidance provides important information for regulated entities, consultants, EPA’s partners, and the public concerning response actions at Superfund and RCRA sites. It is a follow-up to EPA’s previous Memorandum on March 27, “COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program,” which did not cover CERCLA and RCRA response actions and enforcement actions, […]

Bick Law LLP Explains FDA’s Oversight of the Food and Agriculture Sector During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wed Apr 8th, On Compliance Counseling, by

As defined by the federal government, the food supply, including all food facilities and the agriculture industry, makes up critical infrastructure from farm to table and includes assets, systems, networks, and functions that provide vital services to the nation. It is essential that the food supply and associated supply chains are protected, and remain operational, including a workforce that is vital to production of the food supply. Promoting the ability […]

COVID-19 Follow Up – Investigations, Citizens’ Suits, and Criminal Enforcement

Fri Apr 3rd, On Compliance Counseling, by

After our post about COVID-19 and the EPA’s Enforcement Discretion Guidance Memo, we received follow up questions. Although this blog does not provide legal advice, we thought this was a critical question to consider. How do environmental consultants abide by “stay-at-home” orders and environmental agency regulatory requirements simultaneously? Although the analysis varies state by state, generally speaking, environmental investigation and remediation necessary to protect against imminent harm to public health […]

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