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Environment & Climate Change

April 16 2018
Samuel B Boxerman Court of Appeals sides with industry on definition of solid waste rule

USA - Sidley Austin LLP

The DC Circuit recently modified a previous ruling which had upheld in part and vacated in part the Environmental Protection Agency's 2015 definition of solid waste rule, which outlines when certain hazardous materials should be deemed discarded as opposed to recycled. On reconsideration, the court reversed its holding that spent petroleum catalysts qualify for the transfer-based exclusion from hazardous waste requirements and vacated Factor 4 in its entirety.

Authors: Samuel B Boxerman, Jim Wedeking
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Samuel B Boxerman Climate change nuisance suit to remain in federal court

USA - Sidley Austin LLP

The US District Court for the Northern District of California recently denied a motion by Oakland and San Francisco to remand their climate change nuisance suit back to state court. The two municipalities had filed a suit against a group of multinational oil and gas producers, claiming that the defendants' products would allegedly contribute to climate change. According to the court "the scope of the worldwide predicament demands the most comprehensive view available".

Authors: Samuel B Boxerman, Jim Wedeking
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Recent updates

Wenhong Xu New measures further reform pollutants discharge permit system

China - Broad & Bright

Authors: Wenhong Xu, Hui Yang
Samuel B Boxerman Bureau of Land Management proposes significant revisions to gas venting and flaring rule

USA - Sidley Austin LLP

Authors: Samuel B Boxerman, Jim Wedeking
Trinidad Prieto SoE orders permanent closure of Pascua Lama mine

Chile - Montt y Cia SA

Author: Trinidad Prieto
Brenda A Rogel Salgado Draft amendments to official standard apply to wastewater discharges into national waters

Mexico - Hogan Lovells BSTL SC

Authors: Brenda A Rogel Salgado, Jeanett Trad Nacif, Juan Francisco Torres Landa, Mario Jorge Yanez