Category Archives: Environmental Law

CPSC Will Continue to Use Agency Collaborations to Focus on the Environmental Health and Safety of Nanomaterials

On February 12, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) posted its Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Performance Report.  According to the Report, in fiscal year (FY) 2017, CPSC exceeded its target of five collaborations by establishing seven research collaborations on the environmental health and safety of nanomaterials.  The collaborations “will increase knowledge of the potential exposure to consumers from products that contain nanomaterials and explore methods to measure their release from consumer products.”  The Report states that to help advance nanotechnology research and development, CPSC continued collaborative work during FY 2017 through established Interagency Agreements with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): CPSC’s collaboration with NIST: NIST is collaborating with CPSC to….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Webinar Recording: Electronic Recycling Challenges, Solutions, and Trends

Electronic recyclers are experiencing demands that are difficult to meet in today’s ever-changing regulatory environment. To help, Nimonik invited Ronald Lepore, a former RQO auditor, to discuss: 1- Common non-conformances during government and certification audits 2- Operational bottlenecks and best practices; with case studies 3- How to adapt to the changing trends About Ronald Lepore Ronald […].. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Trump vs. Obama: Comparing Their First-Year Records

There’s been a lot of sound and fury, and many proposals are in the works. But what have the concrete results been so far? And how does Trump’s effectiveness stack up again Obama’s? I was prompted to ask that question by a note from Jonathan Rosenbloom, an environmental law scholar at Drake University. I had published a post about eight setbacks for the Trump Administration relating to energy and environment. Jonathan wrote to ask whether I’d considered doing something similar about Trump’s achievements. (Maybe I should have put “achievements” in quotes, since they’re all destructive of the environment some way.) That seemed like a great idea, though I’ve only been able to come up with a list of five so far. Before I give the list, I should explain the criteria. I included only actions that have legal effect – that is, legislation from Congress or final administrative actions (even if challenged in court). Thus, I….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Filling Potholes on the Road to Rural Broadband

A recent WIRED article, Want to See the Future? Look at the Chips,  is a must read for any ag tech professional who ponders what the future holds. The article describes Qualcomm's development of the next generation of processors and how these will work in a 5G network. The article makes no mention of ag tech specifically, but you can draw your own conclusions pretty easily.  The article explains that the current generation of chips in cell phones were designed for the 4G or LTE network, which is slowly growing to include all sorts of devices. [W]hen Qualcomm's engineers were working on LTE, they never imagined a world in which every device, everywhere, was connected to the internet all at once. They built LTE for phones, not for municipal water-pressure meters that need to last for decades.With this in mind, the next generation of chips will be designed with high speed connectivity built-in. 5G will rise to meet the challenges of connecting….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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JRC Opens Call to Access JRC Nanobiotechnology Laboratory

The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) has opened a call to access its Nanobiotechnology Laboratory.  The Nanobiotechnology Laboratory features state-of-the-art equipped facilities designed to foster interdisciplinary studies, with a special emphasis on the characterization of nanomaterials, nanomedicines, advanced materials and their interactions with biological systems, as well as on the detection, identification, and characterization of nanomaterials in food and consumer products.  Offering access to the Nanobiotechnology Laboratory is part of JRC’s strategy to enhance dissemination of scientific knowledge; boost competiveness; bridge the gap between research and industry; and provide training and capacity building.  To be eligible, the lead user institution and user institutions must be from a European Union (EU) Member State, candidate country, or country associated with the EU Research Program Horizon 2020.  The lead user….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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