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New York State Adopts Drug Take Back Law Requiring Drug Manufacturers to Develop, Implement and Pay All Costs of a Statewide Drug Take Back Program
Authors: Paul E. Hagen, Donald J. Patterson, Sarah A. Kettenmann
July 12, 2018

Governor Cuomo signed into law on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 the New York State Drug Take Back Act. New York joins the State of Washington as the first two states to adopt statewide drug take back programs for unwanted drugs from households.


New York Adopts Final Amendments to SEQR, Effective January 1, 2019
Authors: Michael G. Murphy, Sarah A. Kettenmann
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., July 2, 2018

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced on June 28, 2018 its adoption of the first major amendments to the State Environmental Quality Review Regulations in more than 20 years.


Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., July 2, 2018

Beveridge & Diamond’s Latin American Environmental Practice publishes a monthly tracker that lists pending and recently enacted environmental laws and regulations in several Latin American countries.


New California Proposition 65 Warning Regulations Take Effect August 30th
Authors: Lauren A. Hopkins, Gary J. Smith, Kate A. Tipple
June 27, 2018

In less than two months the safe harbor warning regulations for California’s Proposition 65 will be amended and operative, ending a two-year phase in period. 


B&D Principal Eric L. Klein Moves to Boston Office
June 25, 2018

Beveridge & Diamond Principal Eric L. Klein has relocated from the firm's Washington, DC office to the Boston office on June 18, 2018. Eric's experience will enhance the Boston office's already strong litigation capabilities.


Massachusetts Environmental and Land Use Alert
June 25, 2018

2018 June Massachusetts Newsletter


3 Lawyers from Beveridge & Diamond's Washington State Office Receive Super Lawyers Recognition for 2018
June 22, 2018

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. is pleased to announce that 3 of our Seattle office lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the Washington state Super Lawyers/Rising Stars Edition 2018 as being among the top lawyers in their location and areas of practice.


Beveridge & Diamond Helps Secure Victory on Behalf of National Mining Association
June 20, 2018


With This Tie, There Is a Winner: 4-4 SCOTUS Ruling Results in Victory for Native Americans and a Clear Mandate for Washington to Correct Culverts
Author: Erika L. Holsman
June 18, 2018


Full Steam Ahead: EPA Moves Forward with Key Initiative to Reduce Emissions at U.S. Ports
Authors: David M. Friedland, David C. Weber, Daniel B. Schulson
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., June 15, 2018


B&D Launches West Coast Environmental Resource Center
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., June 11, 2018


NGOs Challenge Department of Interior’s New Interpretation of “Incidental Take” Liability Under Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Authors: James M. Auslander, W. Parker Moore, Casey T. Clausen, Emerson J. Hilton
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., June 5, 2018


EPA Proposes to Rescind RMP Provisions Amended Under Obama Administration, Seeks Comments
Authors: Stephen M. Richmond, Virginie R. Casey
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., June 5, 2018


Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., June 4, 2018


Emerson Hilton Quoted in Bloomberg Environment on Washington Superfund Suit
May 31, 2018


Beveridge & Diamond Lawyers Recognized in Who's Who Legal
May 30, 2018


Legal Whipsaw in Washington Sawmill Case: State Supreme Court Decision Fundamentally Changes the Scope of Liability Under the Model Toxics Control Act
Authors: David C. Weber, Emerson J. Hilton, Augustus "Gus" E. Winkes
May 30, 2018


Major Offshore Wind Projects Advance in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Authors: Jamie M. Auslander, John G. Cossa, and Brook J. Detterman
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., May 24, 2018


California Appeals Court Upholds State’s Reliance On Conclusion By A Foreign Agency To Classify Glyphosate As “Cancer-Causing”
Authors: Alan J. Sachs, Gary J. Smith, K. Russell LaMotte, Kaitlyn D. Shannon, Shengzhi Wang
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., May 23, 2018


Peter Schaumberg Contributes Article to The Environmental Forum Debate on the Reorganization of Public Lands Administration
The Environmental Forum, May 23, 2018


Environmental Enforcement Policy Developments: The Trump Administration and Congress Make Their Mark
Authors: Stephen M. Richmond, Toren M. Elsen
May 17, 2018


Beveridge & Diamond Successfully Defends Important Permit for Consol Energy
May 14, 2018


Beveridge & Diamond Expands Litigation Practice with Arrival of Principal Susan Smith and Associate Kate Tipple
May 14, 2018


CARB’s Use of Little-Known Enforcement Tool Should be of Paramount Concern for LCFS Participants
Authors: Brook J. Detterman, Jacob P. Duginski
May 11, 2018


Toxic Tort & Product Liability Quarterly
May 11, 2018


OSHA Issues Direct Final Standard Amending Beryllium Standards for General Industry with Attention to Dermal Contact
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Jayni A. Lanham, Sarah A. Kettenmann
May 8, 2018


USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard
Authors: K. Russell LaMotte, Alan J. Sachs, Sarah A. Kettenmann
May 8, 2018


Chambers USA Ranks Beveridge & Diamond a Top Tier Environmental Law Firm
May 3, 2018


Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., May 3, 2018


TCEQ Begins Implementation of SB 1045, Streamlining Approval of Certain Air Permits
Authors: Laura L. LaValle, Madeleine B. Kadas, Michael F. Vitris
April 27, 2018


Fourth Circuit Holds Maryland Ban on Pharmaceutical “Price Gouging” Unconstitutionally Regulates Out-of-State Business Activity, Reinvigorating Extraterritoriality Doctrine of Dormant Commerce Clause
Authors: James B. Slaughter, James M. Auslander, Hilary T. Jacobs
April 27, 2018


22 Lawyers from Beveridge & Diamond's Washington, DC Office Receive Super Lawyers Recognition for 2018
April 25, 2018


California Supreme Court Allows Unfair Competition and False Advertising Claims Against Employer Arising From Workplace Accident
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Jayni A. Lanham, Kaitlyn D. Shannon
April 23, 2018


EPA’s Formaldehyde Standards: Compliance Date Moved Up to June 1, 2018
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Shengzhi Wang
April 17, 2018


Beveridge & Diamond Earth Day Photo Contest Finalists
April 17, 2018


Fourth Circuit Joins Ninth In Holding That “Indirect” Discharges May Violate the CWA
Authors: Richard S. Davis, Karen M. Hansen, Timothy M. Sullivan, Andrew C. Silton
April 13, 2018


New White House Guidance and Multi-Agency MOU Continue Push to Expedite Environmental Reviews and Permitting for Major Infrastructure
Authors: James M. Auslander, Alexander B. Horning
April 12, 2018


Benjamin F. Wilson Featured in Diversity & the Bar Magazine
April 11, 2018


USDA Accepting Public Comments on “Clean Meat” Labeling Petition
Authors: K. Russell LaMotte, Alan J. Sachs, Marshall R. Morales
April 5, 2018


Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., April 5, 2018


New York High Court Rules on “Unavailability Exception” to Pro Rata Allocation in Long-Tail Environmental Coverage Case
Authors: Edward Grauman, John Kazanjian, Nicole Weinstein
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., April 3, 2018


SCOTX: Missed 30-Day Service Deadline Does Not Mandate Dismissal of Challenge to TCEQ Action
Authors: Edward M. Grauman, Bryan J. Moore, Michael F. Vitris
April 2, 2018


Judge Becomes Student in Climate Change Lawsuit “Tutorial”; Other Recent Updates
Authors: Michael F. Vitris, Augustus E. Winkes
March 30, 2018


Massachusetts Environmental and Land Use Alert
March 30, 2018


State of Washington Adopts Statewide Drug Take-Back Legislation
Authors: Donald J. Patterson, Jr., Dacia T. Meng, Marshall R. Morales
March 26, 2018


Beveridge & Diamond Attorneys Author Lexology Environment & Climate Change Navigator
March 21, 2018


EPA Continues Reforms to NSR and Other Clean Air Act Permitting Programs
Authors: David C. Weber, Brook J. Detterman, Shengzhi Wang
March 16, 2018


Second Circuit Confirms NYSDEC Waived Water Quality Certification Authority by Delaying Decision on Application
Authors: Michael G. Murphy, John H. Paul, Sarah A. Kettenmann
March 15, 2018


EPA Proposes Revisions to Rules for Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities
Authors: Pamela D. Marks, Bryan J. Moore
March 15, 2018


Carbon Pricing Roundup: Recent Developments in the US and Abroad
Authors: David C. Weber, Brook J. Detterman, Jacob P. Duginski, Augustus E. Winkes
March 14, 2018


Supreme Court Poised to Overrule Requirement that Takings Claims be Filed In State Court
Authors: Gus B. Bauman, James B. Slaughter
March 13, 2018


Tim Serie Quoted in Chemical Watch on Role of OSHA in US Chemical Regulations
March 9, 2018


For the First Time, U.S. EPA Proposes to Add a Site to the National Priorities List Solely Based on the Risk Posed by Vapor Intrusion
Authors: Jeanine L.G. Grachuk, Augustus E. Winkes
March 8, 2018


EPA Issues Proposal to Streamline Requirements for Hazardous Aerosol Can Wastes by Classifying and Regulating Them as “Universal Wastes”
Author: Aaron H. Goldberg
March 8, 2018


D.C. Circuit Revises Its 2017 Ruling on the RCRA Definition of Solid Waste, Clarifying When Recyclable Materials May Be Classified as Non-Wastes
Authors: Aaron H. Goldberg, Donald J. Patterson, Jr.
March 8, 2018


Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., March 1, 2018


Industry Wins First Round in California Climate Change Litigation
Authors: Bina R. Reddy, Kenneth B. Finney, Michael F. Vitris, Brook J. Detterman
February 28, 2018


Get Ready for Compliance: Recent Updates on EPA’s Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Shengzhi Wang
February 27, 2018


Ninth Circuit Orders EPA to Update Standards for Lead-Based Paint and Dust Hazards
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Timothy M. Serie, Shengzhi Wang
February 27, 2018


TSCA Reform Implementation and Expected 2018 Developments
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Ryan J. Carra, Maryam Hatcher, Timothy M. Serie, Shengzhi Wang
February 27, 2018


Discharges and Hydrologic Connection to Groundwater: EPA Seeking Comment as Courts Weigh In
Authors: Richard S. Davis, Karen M. Hansen, Timothy M. Sullivan, Andrew C. Silton, Michael F. Vitris
February 27, 2018


West Coast “Super Tort” PCB Suits Have Staying Power
Authors: Gary J. Smith, Casey T. Clausen
February 26, 2018


EU’s Highest Court Issues Advisory Opinion Supporting Exemption of Directed Mutagenesis Products From GMO Regulation
Authors: K. Russell LaMotte, Alan J. Sachs, Kathryn E. Szmuszkovicz
February 23, 2018


What’s New with China’s Chemical Import and Export Regulatory Programs
Authors: Weiwei Luo, Shengzhi Wang
February 21, 2018


EPA Issues New Strategic Plan with Sharp Changes to Agency Goals and Policies
Authors: Pamela D. Marks, Alan J. Sachs, Anthony G. Papetti
February 20, 2018


Latinvex Recognizes Maddie Kadas Among Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers
February 20, 2018


EPA Sees New Challenges Ahead for Superfund
Authors: Eric L. Klein, Loren R. Dunn
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., February 16, 2018


Ben Wilson Featured in Diverse Issues' "Black Scholars Matter" Series
February 16, 2018


Environmental Protection Agency Streamlines Pesticide Residue Chemistry Data Requirements for Seed Treatment Uses
Authors: Kathryn E. Szmuszkovicz, Alan J. Sachs, Sarah A. Kettenmann
February 15, 2018


Washington OSHA Issues Draft PSM Rule for Refineries
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Jayni A. Lanham, Michael F. Vitris
February 13, 2018


Ben Wilson Receives UNCF Washington's 2018 MASKED Award
February 8, 2018


Jamie Auslander Quoted in Law360 Article on FWS Frog Habitat Decision
February 6, 2018


Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., February 5, 2018


Ninth Circuit Holds That Indirect Discharges Require NPDES Permits
Authors: Richard S. Davis, Karen M. Hansen, Timothy M. Sullivan, Andrew C. Silton
February 2, 2018


First Circuit Shuts Down Use of TMDLs to Expand NPDES Stormwater Permitting
Authors: Richard Davis, Timothy Sullivan, Andrew Silton
January 29, 2018


DOJ Clarifies Limits on Third Party Payments in Environmental Settlements
Authors: John Cruden, James Auslander, Timothy Sullivan, Andrew Silton
January 29, 2018


Law360 Names Beveridge & Diamond Environmental Practice Group of the Year
January 23, 2018


Unanimous Supreme Court: WOTUS Rule Challenges Belong in Federal District Courts
Authors: James M. Auslander, John C. Cruden, Richard S. Davis, Karen M. Hansen, W. Parker Moore, Timothy M. Sullivan, Andrew C. Silton
January 22, 2018


How The Climate Changed For Renewables In 2017
Authors: Brook J. Detterman
January 22, 2018


Former Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden Joins Beveridge & Diamond
January 10, 2018


D.C. Circuit Rejects Industry Challenges to Silica Rule and Remands to OSHA for Further Consideration on Medical Removal Protections
Authors: Jayni A. Lanham, Mark N. Duvall, Michael F. Vitris
January 10, 2018


Beveridge & Diamond Win in Pesticide Preemption Case Recognized as Important Environmental Ruling of 2017
January 8, 2018


Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., January 3, 2018


Nessa Coppinger Quoted in Law360 on Biggest Environmental Cases to Watch in 2018
January 3, 2018


USDA Announces New Phytosanitary Requirements for Soybean Exports to China
Authors: Alan J. Sachs, Kathryn E. Szmuszkovicz, Weiwei Luo
January 2, 2018


USDA Issues Annual Agricultural Biotechnology Report for China
Authors: Alan J. Sachs, Kathryn E. Szmuszkovicz, Weiwei Luo
January 2, 2018


Beveridge & Diamond China EHS Roundtable
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., January 1, 2018


Parker Moore Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Article, "What Attorneys Are Watching Out for in 2018"
December 28, 2017


Massachusetts Environmental and Land Use Alert
December 22, 2017


Update on TSCA Mercury Inventory Reporting Rule
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Shengzhi Wang
December 20, 2017


Jimmy Slaughter Quoted in Law360 on Biggest Environmental Rulings of 2017
December 19, 2017


California Approves New Amendments to Proposition 65 Safe-Harbor Regulations
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Lauren A. Hopkins, Gary J. Smith, Shengzhi Wang
December 19, 2017


DC Circuit Reinstates Federal NEPA Review and Approval of Purple Line Transit Project
Authors: James M. Auslander, Gus B. Bauman
December 19, 2017


Julius Redd Featured in Gettysburg College Article on How to Make It as a D.C. "Super Lawyer"
December 14, 2017


Marc Goldstein Quoted in Articles on Holbrook Trash Transfer Station
December 13, 2017


Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., December 12, 2017


ELI Welcomes David Friedland to Leadership Council
December 12, 2017


New Seattle Office Location
December 6, 2017


California Lead Paint Decision Opens Door for Expanded Public Nuisance Suits
Authors: Nessa Horewitch Coppinger, Daniel M. Krainin, Timothy M. Serie
November 29, 2017


States Continue to Enact Chemical Legislation in 2017
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Lauren A. Hopkins, Marshall R. Morales, Timothy M. Serie, Shengzhi Wang
November 29, 2017


Beveridge & Diamond Attorneys Author U.S. Chapters in Getting the Deal Through: Environment & Climate Regulation 2018
November 29, 2017


Andrew Silton Quoted in Law360 Article on Tips for Young Enviro Attorneys
November 29, 2017


Competing Cosmetic Safety Bills Would Each Expand FDA Regulatory Authority
Autors: Mark N. Duvall, Alan J. Sachs, Michael F. Vitris
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., November 28, 2017


OSHA Delays First Deadline for Electronic Reporting to December 15, 2017
Authors: Jayni A. Lanham, Mark N. Duvall, Michael F. Vitris
November 28, 2017


Ben Wilson Featured in Spotlight for Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
November 28, 2017


Connecticut Launches New and Incentivized Brownfields Program
Authors: John H. Paul and Sarah A. Kettenmann
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., November 21, 2017


CAIR Coalition Recognizes Dacie Meng and Gaya Patel on "Pro Bono Honor Roll"
November 8, 2017


Ben Wilson Quoted in American Lawyer on Diversity in Leadership
November 6, 2017


U.S. News – Best Lawyers Names Beveridge & Diamond Environmental Firm of the Year
November 2, 2017


Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., November 1, 2017


Benjamin F. Wilson Named to Savoy Magazine's Most Influential Black Corporate Directors List
Beveridge & Diamond, October 31, 2017


Super Lawyers Recognizes All Boston Office Attorneys
October 31, 2017


Rusty Pomeroy Published in Lexis Practice Advisor® on Environmental Insurance
October 20, 2017


Ben Wilson, Stacey Sublett Contribute to Environmental Law Institute Debate on Environmental Justice
October 20, 2017


CPSC Expands Phthalate Restrictions in Toys and Child Care Articles
Authors: K. Russell LaMotte, Ryan J. Carra
October 19, 2017


The Mexichem Conjecture: Regulating HFCs under CAA ... or TSCA?
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Kristin H. Gladd, Shengzhi Wang
October 13, 2017


Massachusetts Environmental and Land Use Alert
October 13, 2017


EPA Proposes Repeal of Clean Power Plan
Authors: David M. Friedland, Kristin H. Gladd
October 12, 2017


USDOT Agencies Propose New Rule to Eliminate Duplication of Environmental Reviews for Transportation Projects
Authors: James M. Auslander, David H. McCray
October 4, 2017


Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., October 2, 2017


B&D Launches Latin American Environmental Regulation Resource Center
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., September 27, 2017


Law360 Publishes Beveridge & Diamond PHMSA News Alert as an Expert Analysis
September 21, 2017


CPSC Announces Intent to Restrict Halogenated Flame Retardants in Consumer Products
Authors: K. Russell LaMotte, Ryan J. Carra
September 21, 2017


Super Lawyers Recognizes All New York Office Attorneys
September 20, 2017


Beveridge & Diamond Achieves LFSN Sustainability Recognition
September 12, 2017


New Presidential and Interior Orders Target Environmental Permitting, NEPA Reviews, and Flood Risk Standards for Infrastructure and Energy Projects
Authors: James M. Auslander, Gus B. Bauman, David H. McCray, W. Parker Moore, Peter J. Schaumberg
September 11, 2017


Steve Richmond Quoted in Inside EPA and BloombergBNA on Risk Management Plan Questions Arising in Response to Recent EPA Enforcement and Hurricane Impacts
September 8, 2017


National Law Journal Names Benjamin F. Wilson a Lifetime Achiever
September 5, 2017


American Lawyer Features Beveridge & Diamond Trial Win for City of Los Angeles in Major Constitutional Case
September 1, 2017

AmLaw Litigation Daily, an American Lawyer publication, has featured Beveridge & Diamond’s trial win for the City of Los Angeles in a long-running case challenging Kern County, California’s effort to ban land application of biosolids fertilizer to farmland.


Hurricane Harvey Recovery Resources Available
September 1, 2017

To aid in your recovery efforts, B&D will be updating a regulatory resource page for industry post-hurricane. Find links to helpful EPA, TCEQ, DOT, OSHA sites as well as updates like governors’ proclamations of disaster.


Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., September 1, 2017


OEHHA Attempts to Clarify New Proposition 65 Clear and Reasonable Warning Regulations by Issuing Guidance and Proposed Amendments
Authors: Lauren A. Hopkins, Gary J. Smith
August 30, 2017

On August 30, 2016, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) repealed and readopted Article 6 of Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations, which sets forth the method and content deemed to be clear and reasonable for Proposition 65 warnings (“Article 6”).


D.C. Circuit Rules That FERC Should Have Quantified Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Approving Natural Gas Pipeline
Authors: James M. Auslander, W. Parker Moore, Madeleine B. Kadas, Benjamin E. Apple
August 29, 2017

In a 2-1 decision, the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) did not satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) when it failed to provide any analysis of downstream greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions that will result indirectly from its approval of a natural gas pipeline. Sierra Club v. FERC, No. 16-1387, slip op. at 24 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 22, 2017).


Beveridge & Diamond Files Amicus Brief in Support of Maryland’s Purple Line Transit Project
August 29, 2017


Washington Supreme Court Reaffirms that Pollution Exclusions Do Not Bar Insurance Coverage Where Negligence Is the Primary Cause of a Loss
Authors: Edward M. Grauman, John H. Kazanjian, Nicole B. Weinstein
August 25, 2017

On August 17, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court declined to reconsider its recent landmark ruling in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Insurance Co. RRG, 393 P.3d 748 (Wash. 2017), that an absolute pollution exclusion in an insurance policy does not preclude coverage for a pollution-related loss where the pollution was caused by a covered act of negligence.


Texas and Louisiana Brace for Hurricane Harvey; Texas Governor Abbott Provides Limited Regulatory Relief
August 24, 2017

TCEQ has released guidance for preparing for Hurricane Harvey, which is increasing in intensity and is now expected to make landfall in the middle Texas Coast between Corpus Christi and Galveston as a Category 4 hurricane late Friday evening or early Saturday morning.


EPA Publishes Background Documents for Five PBT Chemicals, Hosting Webinar in Early September
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Shengzhi Wang
August 23, 2017

Persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals (PBTs) receive expedited attention under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released background documents for five substances that it regards as PBTs.


The TSCA Inventory Reset Begins
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Timothy M. Serie, Ryan J. Carra
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., August 18, 2017


EPA Releases Final Guidance on TSCA Section 8(a) Nanomaterial Reporting Rule
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Shengzhi Wang
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., August 18, 2017


GAO Recommends that PHMSA Evaluate its Model for Pipeline Safety Inspections
Authors: Laura L. LaValle, Hana V. Vizcarra
August 17, 2017

Pipeline safety and infrastructure issues have gained attention in recent years due to tight oil resources production, changes in regulations, and several high-profile incidents.


D.C. Federal Court Approves NEPA Environmental Impact Statement for Major Drinking Water Project
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., August 16, 2017


Nineteen Beveridge & Diamond Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America for 2018
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., August 15, 2017


Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., August 3, 2017


Beveridge & Diamond Wins Preemption Case Regarding Local Pesticides Ban
Author: Anthony L. Michaels
August 3, 2017

Today, the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland, issued an important preemption decision.  The court invalidated a County ordinance banning pesticide use on private lawns as preempted by State law.  This adds to a growing body of cases finding that localities in various states lack the authority to impose their own local pesticide requirements that effectively “veto” the comprehensive review and approval processes already in place for these products at the state and federal levels.  The decision is of particular importance due to the size of Montgomery County, which drew significant attention with its ordinance.


CERCLA Task Force Issues Recommendations
Authors: Loren R. Dunn, Pamela D. Marks, Kaitlyn D. Shannon
August 2, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced a set of Task Force recommendations that are aimed at improving the Superfund program. The Agency’s adoption of these recommendations is another indication that demonstrable change to CERCLA implementation is of interest to the Trump administration. It follows the EPA Administrator’s May 9 retraction of certain remedy selection authority from regional offices.


Insurance Policyholders Score Victory on Critical Allocation Issue in Second Circuit Olin Decision
Authors: Nicole B. Weinstein, Edward M. Grauman, John H. Kazanjian
July 28, 2017

In an action seeking insurance coverage for environmental contamination, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that “all sums” allocation would apply to the policies at issue, and therefore the policyholder could choose which of the multiple triggered policy periods it preferred to cover the entire loss, up to the limits of the policies in that year. 


Beveridge & Diamond Expands International Environmental Law Practice with Arrival of Of Counsel Weiwei Luo
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., July 27, 2017


EPA Releases TSCA Final Rule on Prioritization of High-Priority and Low-Priority Chemical Substances
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Sarah A. Kettenmann
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., July 20, 2017


EPA’s Risk Evaluation Framework Rule Incorporates Key Industry Suggestions
Authors: Mark N. Duvall, Ryan J. Carra, Timothy M. Serie
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., July 20, 2017


TCFD Report Will Shape Future Expectations for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures
Authors: Kristin H. Gladd, Leah A. Dundon, Paul E. Hagen, Lauren A. Hopkins, K. Russell LaMotte
July 18, 2017

On June 29, 2017, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD or Task Force) released its Final Report providing recommendations on voluntary climate-related financial disclosures.  The recommendations, developed by an industry-led task force of both users and preparers of disclosures, are intended to support the production of more consistent and clear financial disclosure of climate-related risks across sectors for use by investors, lenders, and insurers.  Most G-20 countries have existing legal frameworks that require the disclosure of material risks in financial reports.  Beyond legal mandates, investors are increasingly focused on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in evaluating potential investments and future business risk.  While the Task Force’s recommendations are voluntary and independent of the environmental sustainability disclosure standards currently under review in the U.S. by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (see Beveridge & Diamond alert on the SEC concept release), the recommendations will impact the approach many publicly traded companies take to data collection and climate risk reporting over the long-term.