Jan 6, 2021

DuPont Motion for Mistrial in PFAS Verdict Denied

DuPont Toxic chemicals

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Thursday denied DuPont’s request to declare a mistrial after a jury awarded damages of $50,000,000 to Plaintiffs for exposure to a type of PFAS produced by DuPont. PFAS, which are known as “forever chemicals” for their ability to persist in the environment, have been linked to cancer and other serious health problems.  DuPont’s failed mistrial Motion is the latest development in a wave of litigation with hundreds of cases pending across the U.S. against chemical companies who produced PFAS. The Ohio case is part of a long running collection… Read more


Dec 17, 2020

Ten Northeastern States to Divide $120,300,000 in Proceeds from Cap and Trade Program

Renewable energy

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”), a multistate Cap and Trade Program, sold carbon allowances for $7.41 in the final quarter of 2020 – recognizing revenue of $120,300,000 which can be used to reinvest in energy efficiency and renewable programs in the 10 participating northeastern states.  Participating states have benefited from RGGI’s bipartisan, market-based approach to climate change, while consumers across participating states have benefited from local investments in clean energy and efficiency.  Prices for carbon allowances are expected to grow as more states petition to join RGGI, and as more states attempt to “decarbonize” their energy production. For more… Read more


Dec 2, 2020

Representative Dingell Will Make Regulation of PFAS Chemicals Top Congressional Priority

forever chemicals

Representative Dingell (D-MICH) said on Tuesday, November 17th that legislation which would require the EPA to regulate the so-called “forever chemicals” will be reintroduced in January as soon as Congress begins its new session.  Dingell was the sponsor of the PFAS Action Act that passed the House last January, and has indicated her intention to reintroduce the bill.  If the bill passes, it would require the EPA to set cleanup standards and enforceable drinking water limits for at least some PFAS chemicals, and would also ban the chemicals from materials that could touch food and cosmetics.  Representatives in Congress will… Read more


Nov 18, 2020

Real Estate Investors Increasingly Considering Climate Risk in Investment Models

According to a report from the Urban Land Institute, real estate investors and developers are increasingly considering climate risk factors when deciding where to buy or build.  One major component of this analyses is looking at how prepared local governments are to face such climate change events.  According to the report, investors are looking beyond the individual assets and assessing a city’s preparedness for climate change, but the models and metrics they need are still in their infancy.  The growing concern among real estate professionals is shared by many in the broader investment community as well.  In July, nonprofits, pension… Read more


Nov 4, 2020

U.S. Trade Court Blocks Trump Administration Bid to End Solar Tariff Loophole

Tariffs

On Saturday, October 24, a U.S. Trade Court temporarily blocked the Trump administrations’ attempt to close a tariff loophole for double-sided solar panels.  The 2018 tariffs were an attempt by the Trump administration to get tough on China which dominates the solar panel manufacturing industry, and to boost the U.S. industry.  The administration approved four years of tariffs on solar panel imports, starting at 30%, and being reduced by five percentage points each subsequent year.  The tariffs granted the exclusion for bifacial panels, as those panels were considered a niche product at the time.  The administration now claims that it… Read more


Oct 21, 2020

EPA Proposes New Aircraft Emission Standard

For the first time, the EPA has proposed a rule setting an emission standard for nearly all commercial aircraft for greenhouse gas emissions.  The EPA’s proposed standard closely follows the standard adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization in 2017, which was the world’s first global design certification standard governing CO2 emissions for aircraft.  The EPA standard would apply to all covered aircraft for which a new design type certificate is requested on or after January 1, 2020, and would apply to in-production aircraft beginning January 1, 2028.  The proposed rule is expected to have little impact on manufacturers as… Read more


Oct 7, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Procedural Challenge to Climate Change Cases

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court added to its docket a climate change case filed by the City of Baltimore against major oil and gas companies seeking to recover the cost of local climate impacts including flooding and heat waves. Baltimore’s claims, filed in state court under state common law, mirror allegations against the oil and gas industry in lawsuits from state and local governments in California, Colorado, Rhode Island and elsewhere.  Defendants in the case are seeking to remove the cases from state court to federal court where they believe the court will be less willing to entertain expansive… Read more


Sep 23, 2020

Bipartisan House Plan Proposes Significant Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure

Clean Energy

A House Bipartisan proposal, which is expected later this week, aims to invest significantly in clean energy infrastructure technology and tax incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years.  The House Bill would create a clean electricity standard for the power sector designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050.  The standard calls for expanded resources for technology for carbon capture, use and storage, and would establish a revamped regulatory framework to modernize the energy grid.  The Bill would shift enforcement of power sector carbon dioxide emissions from the Clean Air Act to the policy… Read more


Sep 9, 2020

EPA Relaxes Limits on Toxic Waste from Coal Power Plants

toxic waste

On Monday, the U.S. EPA issued a new rule relaxing the Obama era requirements for treating waste produced by coal-fired power plants.  Under the new rule, companies would have more time and flexibility to treat power plant wastewater that contains mercury, arsenic, and other toxic heavy metals.  The new rule achieves this by allowing plants that are reducing, or eliminating the use of coal to continue to use outdated water treatment technology to cleanup emission control equipment inside the coal-fired plant’s smoke stakes.  The byproduct of this process is water that is contaminated with heavy metals which has historically been… Read more


Aug 26, 2020

EPA Continues Its Efforts to Increase Approval of Disinfectant Products

Disinfectant Products

The U.S. EPA has taken steps to provide additional flexibility to manufacturers of disinfectants in an attempt to increase the availability of products for Americans to use against the novel Coronavirus.  To address supply chain challenges posed by the pandemic, the EPA is allowing manufacturers to obtain certain inert ingredients, like sodium chloride or glucose, from different supplies without first checking with the agency for approval.  In addition, the agency is also continuing to expedite the review of submissions from companies requesting to add viral pathogen claims to their already registered surface disinfectant labels.  The agency continues to be able… Read more