Category Archives: Environmental Law

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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Upcoming Pacific Northwest Timberlands Management Seminar to Provide Timely Updates from Top Timber Sector Practitioners

On March 16, 2018, Nossaman Environment and Land Use Law Partner Svend Brandt-Erichsen will be serving as a member of the faculty for The Seminar Group’s CLE and Foresters program Pacific Northwest Timberlands Management: Regulations, Litigation, and Business Considerations.  The full conference, held from March 15-16, 2018, at the Portland, Oregon World Trade Center, will also be available via live webcast and on demand following the live presentation.  Mr. Brandt-Erichsen’s presentation, entitled “Practice Pointers for Energy Projects on Timberlands,” will take place at 2:30 p.m. PT and will cover:  energy project permitting needs and timelines; potential wildlife impacts and related mitigation needs; and providing construction access and access during the project’s operating life. Additional topics to be addressed at the conference include: Evolving timberland investment structures and strategies Impact of the New Administration….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Tribal Clean Energy Development: 2017 Changes and 2018 Opportunities

Executive Orders and Agency Changes to Watch During 2017 there were several key sets of action – at the federal, state, local, and industry levels –that have, or will, directly impact Indian clean energy development opportunities. Some of these actions will benefit Indian tribes seeking to develop clean energy resources or becoming more energy self-sufficient.  … Continue reading "Tribal Clean Energy Development: 2017 Changes and 2018 Opportunities" The post Tribal Clean Energy Development: 2017 Changes and 2018 Opportunities appeared first on The Energy & Natural Resources Blog... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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French NGO Claims Many Manufacturers Fail to Comply with Nano Labeling Requirement

UFC-Que Choisir, a French non-governmental organization (NGO), announced on January 23, 2018, that it filed complaints against nine manufacturers of food and cosmetic products for failure to comply with the requirement to report the presence of nanomaterials on the product label.  UFC-Que Choisir states that its analysis covered 20 consumer products (seven food products, nine cosmetics, and four drugs) and targeted titanium dioxide, silicon dioxide, iron oxide, zinc oxide, and carbon black.  The NGO tested the products for the presence of nanomaterials and then checked the product packaging for reference to nanomaterials.  According to UFC-Que Choisir, all the food and cosmetic products contained nanoparticles, but most labels failed to reflect their presence.  In addition to the complaints filed, UFC-Que Choisir requests that the Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCCRF) and the….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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