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Rokas Law Firm | Greece | 6 Dec 2021

Law 4819/2021: use of waste for energy production

With the enactment of Law 4819/2021, Greece incorporated the two most important EU directives of the second European Action Plan for the Circular Economy (2020) into the national legislation. Law 4819/2021 has upgraded the regulatory framework for waste management, which now includes waste streams such as energy recovery in addition to recycling and reuse.
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Sidley Austin LLP | USA | 21 Nov 2018

Cert Petitions May Mean Supreme Court Will Clarify Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

The definition of waters of the United States is central to the CWA. At its core, the Act bans…
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Schoenherr | Austria, European Union | 24 Oct 2018

Austria: Parliament adopts comprehensive environmental package

On 25 October 2018 Parliament adopted a new comprehensive environmental package comprising…
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Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law | Switzerland | 15 Oct 2018

Federal Supreme Court rules on allocation of clean-up costs for contaminated sites

The Federal Supreme Court recently ruled on the allocation of clean-up costs where certain polluters are exempt from liability. For the first time, the court discussed the question of whether a contaminated site owner's exemption from liability leads to a corresponding additional burden on the polluter which, through its own conduct, caused the clean-up measures or whether the additional......
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Sidley Austin LLP | USA | 13 Aug 2018

EPA approves Oklahoma CCR disposal plan

The Environmental Protection Agency recently approved Oklahoma's proposed permitting programme for the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR) in landfills and surface impoundments, making the state the first to have a federally approved CCR disposal programme under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
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Sidley Austin LLP | USA | 7 May 2018

EPA dismisses civil rights claim against coal ash landfill

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has closed its investigation into a complaint alleging that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management violated the Civil Rights Act by allowing a coal ash landfill to operate near a majority African-American town. The EPA found that there was insufficient evidence to conclude that any violation had occurred, but did suggest measures that the......
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Russell Kennedy | Australia | 8 Jan 2018

Victorian Landfill Register

On 20 November 2017 the Environment Protection Authority (“EPA”) requested municipal councils voluntarily disclose information concerning landfills…
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Beretta Godoy | Argentina | 27 Nov 2017

Latest round of renewable energy tender process success

Argentina has established a long-term state policy for energy development, which encourages the use of non-fossil fuels suitable for environmental protection and economic sustainability. In pursuance of this goal, the Ministry of Energy and Mining launched a set of tender proceedings for the procurement of electrical energy from renewable sources. Following the success of Rounds 1 and 1.5,......
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Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law | Switzerland | 24 Nov 2017

Legislative developments in land-use planning

The proposed second part of the Spatial Planning Act revision will give the cantons more flexibility with regard to construction activities outside building zones so that they can consider their individual needs more appropriately. An initiative to stop uncontrolled urban sprawl will oblige the federation, cantons and communities to freeze the present size of building zones and ensure that......
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Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP | USA | 9 Nov 2017

What’s that smell? A Texas landfill case helps clarify the meaning of “taxpayer” under Section 468

The United States Tax Court's decision in Gregory v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 2 (July 11, 2017), clarifies whether cash-method taxpayers are…
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