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California Proposes To Regulate Nanomaterials as Chemical Substances

Nanotechnology, the study of the controlling of matter on an atomic and molecular scale, promises a number of benefits to society. If current trends in manufacturing are any indication, this emerging technology is here to stay. The August 21, 2008 Pr… Read More

California Releases Proposed Green Chemistry Regulation

On September 14, 2010, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) released the Green Chemistry Proposed Regulation for Safer Consumer Products, also known at the “Green Chemistry” regulations. DTSC’s adoption of the regu… Read More

Ninth Circuit Defines “Current Ownership” for Purposes of CERCLA Liability

In Dept. of Toxic Substances Control v. Hearthside Residential Corp., No. 09-55389 (9th Cir. July 22, 2010), the Ninth Circuit has clarified the issue of whether “owner and operator” status under CERCLA is defined at the time cleanup costs are in… Read More

Recently Adopted California General Permit for Construction Storm Water Discharges Becomes Effective July 1, 2010

On September 2, 2009, the California State Water Resources Control Board Division of Water Quality adopted Order 2009-0009-DWQ, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit For Storm Water Discharges Associated With Cons… Read More

EPA Issues Final Rule on Facilities Requiring New Greenhouse Gas Emission Permits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week announced a final rule to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from large stationary sources such as power plants and oil refineries. EPA’s phased-in approach will shield relatively smaller… Read More

California’s State Water Board Issues New Coastal Power Plant Cooling Water Policy

On May 4, 2010, the State Water Resources Control Board (“Board”) approved the Water Quality Control Policy (“Policy”) to implement a provision of the federal Clean Water Act aimed at coastal and estuarine power plants’ cooling water intake… Read More

Proposed Federal Legislation Seeks To Protect Wildlife Corridors

New federal legislation aimed at protecting the country’s wildlife corridors was introduced last week by U.S. Representatives Rush Hold (NJ-12) and Jared Polis (CO-2). Wildlife corridors, expanses of land in which animals can freely move about and… Read More