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New California website disclosure law on human trafficking and slavery applicable to retailers and manufacturers

USA - December 13 2011 SB 657, the “Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010” requires certain retailers and manufacturers to post on the homepage of their Internet Website a “conspicuous and easily understood link” to a disclosure detailing whether, and to what extent, they investigate or monitor slavery or human trafficking in their “direct” product supply chains....

Judith M. Praitis.

Nanotechnology regulation gains momentum worldwide

Global - June 21 2010 Lawmakers are under pressure to regulate, restrict, or even ban, nanotechnology applications....

James W. Mizgala, Michael L. Lisak, Laurent Ruessmann.

Center for Biological Diversity petitions EPA to develop water quality criteria for endocrine disrupters

USA - February 3 2010 On January 11, 2010, the Center for Biological Diversity ("CBD") petitioned EPA to publish water quality criteria for over 60 pharmaceuticals and personal care products ("PPCPs"), pesticides, plasticizers and other chemicals alleged to disrupt the endocrine system (a list of the chemicals included in the petition is listed at the end of this Update)....

Angus Macbeth, Roger R. Martella, Jr..

EPA revises RCRA rules for international shipments of hazardous wastes to comport with OECD standards

USA - January 5 2010 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced, on December 28, 2009, revisions to its regulations regarding international shipment of hazardous waste for recovery....

Edward P. Kenney.

EPA guidance on PCB-containing caulking and sealants in commercial & public buildings

USA - September 30 2009 On September 25, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) issued a series of guidance documents addressing caulk and joint sealants containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and announced research on associated risk issues....