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TODAY: Supreme Court To Hear National Association of Manufacturers’ WOTUS Jurisdictional Question

Fri Jan 13th, On Environmental Law, by

Breaking News: Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the Sixth Circuit’s ruling that it has jurisdiction to hear the National Association of Manufacturers and several other groups and states’ challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule, also known as “Waters of the United States” or “WOTUS.” The review of the challenges has been held up in a jurisdictional fight between […]

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DTSC Request for Comments on Health and Safety Impact of Nail Product Chemicals

Wed Jan 11th, On Environmental Law, by

On November 15, 2016, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) formally sought stakeholder comments regarding – among other things – the potential health and safety impact of chemicals in nail products (i.e., hazard traits and exposure potential of candidate chemicals as well as alternative “green” chemicals, product formulation differences and how such differences affect both small scale and large scale manufacturers, and manufacturer initiatives to improve nail product […]

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Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act is Signed Into Law

Wed Jan 4th, On Environmental Law, by

On December 16, 2016, President Obama signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law, evidencing the Administration’s clear intent to help augment funding for various state and local water projects across the country, and – of particular note to California environmental attorneys and relevant water stakeholders – to push long-term solutions to California’s continuing drought. Goals of the WIIN Act Though the WIIN Act is intended […]

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Obama Withdraws Areas From Offshore Drilling Before End of Term

Wed Dec 28th, On Environmental Law, by

On December 20, 2016, in a Presidential Memorandum to the Secretary of the Interior, President Obama withdrew certain areas off the Atlantic Coast on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) from mineral and oil and gas leasing:  Consistent with principles of responsible public stewardship entrusted to this office, with due consideration of the critical importance of canyons along the edge of the Atlantic continental shelf for marine mammals, deep water corals, […]

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