Regulators introduce a climate checklist for banks?

A Greener Life

A detailed checklist has just been published by regulators, outlining how banks should address how the climate crisis impacts all aspects of their business – including pay and capital. . climate change finance banks Basel Committee climate crisis climate risks regulation

EPA’s Latest Emissions Report Shows Why We Need Stronger Regulations

Union of Concerned Scientists

Regulations have pushed car manufacturers to offer the most efficient vehicles ever, but much more can and must be done to address climate change. Transportation emission standards EPA

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Regulations for a Clean Power Sector

Environmental News Bits

Energy Regulation VideoA look at the EPA’s “sector-wide roadmap,” potential legal challenges, and the implications for the power industry.

Advancing Equity in Utility Regulation

Environmental News Bits

Increasingly, states are recognizing equity as a goal of utility regulation, going beyond traditionally stated objectives to ensure that electricity systems are reliable, safe, and fairly priced. … Read more → Energy justice Publications RegulationDownload the document. State initiatives are critical not only to address historical inequities, but to ensure equitable benefits and burdens in the transition to a clean energy future.…

The Legality of Food Labeling Claims: How Advertisements are Regulated

National Law Center

When you walk through a grocery store, you will likely see certain food labeling claims such as “healthy”, “low in sugar”, The post The Legality of Food Labeling Claims: How Advertisements are Regulated appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

Small-world networks regulate transcription in cells

Physics World

With more than 20,000 genes present in human cells, however, there is a need for tight regulation of this process. One such regulation mechanism involves transcription factors, which bind to promoters and initiate transcription by coupling to distant enhancers, forming a structural loop.

DEP’s Municipal Harbor Plan Regulations Invalid

E2 Law Blog

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) did not have authority to give the Secretary of Environmental Affairs the power to approve municipal harbor plans containing less stringent standards than DEP’s own regulations.

A Primer on CCUS Regulation in Louisiana

The Energy Law Blog

Both categories are regulated by the Office of Conservation within the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. The pertinent regulations are in Statewide Order No. The State regulations that will govern Class VI wells once primacy is achieved are in Statewide Order No.

The Legality of Food Labeling Claims: FDA’s Regulations

National Law Center

When you walk through a grocery store, you will likely see certain food labeling claims such as “healthy”, “low in sugar”, The post The Legality of Food Labeling Claims: FDA’s Regulations appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

EPA to weigh regulating common plastic as hazardous waste

Environmental News Bits

Under … Continue reading EPA to weigh regulating common plastic as hazardous waste. Plastics RegulationRead the full story at E&E News. EPA may finally classify a commonly used plastic as hazardous waste, following a long legal struggle with advocates. The Center for Biological Diversity said this afternoon that it has reached a deal with EPA over polyvinyl chloride, more well known as PVC or vinyl, following a decade of back-and-forth.

EPA and states get busy on PFAS waste regulation

Environmental News Bits

The Biden administration has prioritized regulating Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), which are a class of fluorinated chemicals used in products as varied as food packaging and fire-fighting foams because they are flame retardant, water repellent, and resist grease and oil. As such, the regulation of… Read more → PFAS RegulationRead the full story in the National Law Review.

EPA describes how it will regulate power plants after Supreme Court setback

Environmental News Bits

A key part of the plan: Further restrict other pollutants that … Continue reading EPA describes how it will regulate power plants after Supreme Court setback. Climate RegulationRead the full story in the New York Times. Following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last week limiting the government’s ability to restrict the pollution that is causing global warming, the Biden administration is planning to use other regulatory tools in hopes of achieving similar goals.

Regulating Cryptoassets in the UK

Arnold Porter

As digital payments increase in frequency and become commonplace, it is incumbent on governments to regulate the sector and on regulators to keep up with the technological developments. In this Advisory, we look at the efforts of the UK in regulating this sector.

PFAS update: Current state-by-state groundwater regulations

Environmental News Bits

In the absence of federal cleanup standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) in groundwater, several states have started the process of regulating PFAS in groundwater themselves. As a result, states have adopted a patchwork of regulations and guidance standards which presents significant compliance challenges to impacted industries.… … Read more → PFAS RegulationRead the full story at JD Supra.

Federal bank regulator proposes first climate risk guidance

Environmental News Bits

The guidance would be used to identify and manage risks relating to climate change or ecological disaster at any national bank or other OCC-governed institution with more than $100… Read more → Climate change Finance Regulation Risk assessmentRead the full story at The Hill. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) on Thursday proposed the first-ever federal climate guidance for banks.

The urgent need for indoor air quality regulation

Environmental News Bits

New scientific research and the COVID-19 pandemic should trigger a paradigm shift in indoor air quality regulation. Read more → Air quality Green building RegulationRead the full story at The Regulatory Review.

Unintended Consequences Create Challenges for Utility Regulators

Legal Planet

In a new post, Dan Farber mentions performance-based regulation as a promising tool for encouraging energy utilities to be enthusiastic in supporting the transition to clean energy sources. In other words, the success of any regulatory approach depends on good regulation.

New Law Changes Wetland Regulation in the State of Indiana

National Law Center

In April, 2021, the State of Indiana adopted a new law concerning the regulation of interstate wetlands. The post New Law Changes Wetland Regulation in the State of Indiana appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

Biden Administration Begins Review of Environmental Regulations

National Law Center

The post Biden Administration Begins Review of Environmental Regulations appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center. When the Biden Administration took office in January, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order requiring all federal agencies to review.

Investors, Regulations Drive Oil and Gas ESG Disclosures

Environment + Energy Leader

Oil and gas companies are increasing their focus on ESG disclosures and targets with new regulations and increasing pressure from stakeholders. The post Investors, Regulations Drive Oil and Gas ESG Disclosures appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Competent regulation might have prevented the Huntington Beach oil fiasco

Environmental News Bits

Whomever shares the immediate blame, it was systemic under-regulation that set the scene for the spill. But earlier this year, a report by the Government Accountability Office warned that the federal Bureau… Read more → Environmental health Oil spills RegulationRead the full story from Mother Jones. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration responds to more than 150 oil and chemical spills in US waters each year.

From 2021 to 2022: Food Law Litigation and Regulation Update

National Law Center

The post From 2021 to 2022: Food Law Litigation and Regulation Update appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center. At the beginning of 2021 the National Agricultural Law Center (NALC) published a blog post highlighting some of the major food.

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Will We Ever Stop Overestimating the Cost of Complying with Environmental Regulations?

Law and Environment

The post Will We Ever Stop Overestimating the Cost of Complying with Environmental Regulations? Air Climate Change Cost-Benefit Analysis Cost-Effectiveness Analysis EPA Regulation Climate Response PM2.5

The Legality of Food Labeling Claims: FSIS’s Regulations for Meat and Poultry Labeling

National Law Center

The post The Legality of Food Labeling Claims: FSIS’s Regulations for Meat and Poultry Labeling appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center. When you walk through a grocery store, you will likely see certain food labeling claims such as “healthy”, “low sodium”, and.

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SEC Chair Tweets about Upcoming ESG Regulation

Greenbuilding Law

Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler Tweeted about the future of ESG regulation. EPA that the executive agency exceeded its authority granted in 1970, when it was created, by now regulating greenhouse gases a pollutants).

EPA proposes regulating ‘forever chemicals’ under hazardous waste law

Environmental News Bits

Under the plan,… Read more → PFAS RegulationRead the full story from Reuters. See also EPA eyes new rules for PFAS in waste from E&E News. The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced it is preparing a rule that would list some so-called “forever chemicals” as hazardous substances that must be eliminated from industrial waste before it is discarded.

Canadian regulator tip-toes into the climate regulation pool but needs to actually go for a swim

Enviromental Defense

OSFI regulates federal financial institutions like banks and insurers, and is therefore one of the most significant among the jigsaw of different institutions regulating Canada’s financial system.

Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Authority Regulating Power Plant Emissions

Environment + Energy Leader

The post Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Authority Regulating Power Plant Emissions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. The Supreme Court ruled the EPA doesn't have the authority to limit existing power plant emissions or implement transitions to renewable sources.

Boston Promulgates BERDO “Phase I” Regulations: Emissions Standards For Buildings Are Coming Soon

Law and Environment

The Boston Air Pollution Control Commission has formally adopted its “Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance Phase 1 Regulations.” The Phase 1 regulations are really all about the “disclosure” side of BERDO.

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CEQ Tweaks NEPA Regulations

Endangered Species Law

On June 29, 2021, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will publish an interim final rule (IFR) extending by two years the deadline by which federal agencies are required to adopt updated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations by two years.

Regulating Power Plants Is a Health Issue

Scientific American

Doctors must get more involved in the public health crises that climate change will bring. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Climate Change Pollution Health Public Health Policy Politics

The Senate has proposed sweeping changes to Canada’s law regulating toxics and chemicals; here’s what’s next.

Eco Justice

The post The Senate has proposed sweeping changes to Canada’s law regulating toxics and chemicals; here’s what’s next.

FRESH, June 28, 2022: Wisconsin Adopts PFAS Regulation

Circle of Blue

Regulators in New York require utilities to perform climate risk assessments. Supreme Court could transform federal climate regulation. Wisconsin Adopts PFAS Regulation. The regulation is part of the state’s effort, spearheaded by Gov. June 28, 2022.

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Wisconsin regulators fund disaster-resilience efforts

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at WiscNews. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has awarded almost $1 million to study projects designed to keep electricity flowing locally even during major disasters. Read more → Climate adaptation Energy Sustainable communities

NAEP Comments on CEQ Proposed Revisions to NEPA Regulations

NAEP Leadership Blog

On March 10, 2020, NAEP submitted comments to the Council on Environmental Quality on CEQ’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking revising its regulations for implementing the procedural requirements of NEPA.

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Groups urge the EPA to do its duty: Regulate factory farm emissions

Environmental News Bits

Advocacy organizations petition federal regulators to rescind a George W. Read more → Agriculture Air quality Environmental justice RegulationRead the full story at Inside Climate News. Bush deal that shields industrial animal feeding operations from clean air laws.

The FDA Should Better Regulate Medical Algorithms

Scientific American

Most do not require the agency’s approval, and those that do often don’t require clinical trials. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Medicine Inequality Technology Computing

As the EPA pursues PFAS standards, industry and residents are at odds over state regulation

Environmental News Bits

But industry officials argue state regulators should wait for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set federal drinking… Read more → PFAS RegulationRead the full story from Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin residents affected by PFAS contamination say the Biden administration’s recently announced strategy to address harmful forever chemicals doesn’t go far enough and highlights the need for state standards.

California legislature passes high-profile bill to regulate recyclability labels

Environmental News Bits

The bill, which would prohibit use of the “chasing arrows” symbol or any other recyclability claim on packaging unless it was approved through a detailed state-led process, could have national implications in the packaging policy… Read more → Circular economy Packaging RegulationRead the full story at Waste Dive. The California legislature passed a major labeling bill (SB 343) on September 9.

Temporary pacemaker regulates heart rhythm then completely disappears

Physics World

Temporary pacemaker regulates heart rhythm then completely disappears. The post Temporary pacemaker regulates heart rhythm then completely disappears appeared first on Physics World. The cardiac pacemaker harmlessly dissolves over the course of 35 days.

EPA’s shift in chemical and hazardous materials regulation and what retailers can expect

Environmental News Bits

Retailers need to prepare for a major shift in chemical regulation policy recently announced by the U.S. Under this sweeping new policy, EPA plans to address… Read more → Regulation RetailRead the full story from Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could affect a broad range of products currently being sold in the US.

3M fails to overturn regulators’ shutdown of PFAS production in Belgium

Environmental News Bits

Environmental regulators for the Flemish regional government in Belgium two weeks ago ordered 3M to halt production of PFAS. It appears to be the first time… Read more → Europe PFAS RegulationRead the full story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. A Belgian court has rejected 3M’s plea to overturn a recent ban on PFAS chemical production at its plant near Antwerp.

PFAS legislative overhaul? American Chemical Society warns US chemical regulations require revamp to prevent health risks

Environmental News Bits

A new paper published by the American Chemical Society is calling for “meaningful action” on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to attenuate the “systematic failures” of US chemical regulation. According to the environmental researchers, legislative strides should go beyond legacy contamination clean-up and also reduce current production and… Read more → PFAS Publications RegulationRead the full story at Packaging Insights.