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ENERGY STAR Disqualifications on the Rise: How to Make Sure Your Product Isn’t Next

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) appears to have significantly increased its enforcement of the ENERGY STAR Program’s conformity verification rules over the past year.  During 2015, under the broad category of “non-lighting products,” EPA removed, or disqualified, from the Program 169 products that it had previously granted the right to bear the ENERGY STAR label.  The 2015 total was more than three times the number of such products disqualified in 2014, and higher than the four prior years combined. Read More ›

Brian Levey Quoted in Wicked Local Article on Affordable Housing Ruling in Massachusetts

Brian Levey, a Principal in Beveridge & Diamond’s Wellesley, MA office and co-chair of the firm’s Natural Resources & Project Development practice, discussed the implications of a recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to prevent an affordable housing project from proceeding in a Wicked Local article, “Supreme Judicial Court nixes Stow 40B project.”  Chapter 40B is the state’s affordable housing law.  The Court’s decision was based on its finding that the development’s septic system, despite being compliant with state environmental regulations, would cause unsafe nitrogen levels in the surrounding drinking water. Read More ›

EPA Publishes FIFRA Use Site Index for Antimicrobial Pesticides

On January 27, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Antimicrobial Pesticide Use Site Index (USI) to provide guidance to pesticide applicants and registrants under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) on identifying specific uses associated with the twelve antimicrobial use patterns codified by EPA in 2013 at 40 CFR Section 158.2201(a). Read More ›

Lessons from Lumber Liquidators’ Recent Lacey Act Criminal Sentence: Are You Exposed to Costly Environmental Compliance Risks?

On February 1, 2016, Lumber Liquidators, Inc. (“Lumber Liquidators”) was sentenced to pay over $13 million in criminal fines and penalties, and placed on a scrutinizing five-year term of probation for violating the Lacey Act.  This crime arose from importing hardwood flooring from China made of illegally-sourced timber.  This is the first felony conviction related to the import of illegal timber and the largest ever financial penalty for timber trafficking under the Lacey Act.  This sentence clearly demonstrates the serious consequences of violating the Lacey Act, and provides a number of useful lessons for companies who are regulated generally, as well as those who import materials subject to the Act’s requirements. Read More ›

Henry Diamond Authors Article on the 1965 White House Conference on Natural Beauty in The Environmental Forum

Henry Diamond, Senior Counsel and Founder of Beveridge & Diamond, authored a chapter in the March/April issue of The Environmental Forum, the Environmental Law Institute's (ELI) policy journal. Read More ›

DC Water General Counsel Randy Hayman Joins Beveridge & Diamond

Washington, DC– Randy Hayman, who has served since November 2010 as the General Counsel of DC Water, the municipal water agency for Washington, DC, joined Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. (B&D) as a Principal in the Firm’s Washington office on January 25, 2016.  From his tenure as DC Water’s chief legal officer, his prior service as General Counsel of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District and in the state of Missouri Attorney General’s Office, as well as in private practice, Mr. Hayman brings significant experience with corporate transactional matters, environmental and land use permitting, litigation, and regulatory compliance and enforcement defense.  The Washington Business Journal presented Mr. Hayman with its Minority Business Leader and Legal Champion awards in 2014. Read More ›

BLM Proposes to Restrict Methane Releases from Oil and Gas Leases

After five years in the making, the federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) has proposed a rule to reduce the waste of natural gas from operations on federal and Indian oil and gas leases and to clarify when royalties apply to lost gas volumes. Read More ›

Beveridge & Diamond Attorneys Author Environment Chapters in The Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual: 2016

Pete Anderson (Principal, Washington, DC), Jessalee Landfried (Associate, Washington, DC), and Gaya Patel (Associate, Washington, DC) recently authored a chapter in The Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual: 2016 published by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.  Their chapter, “Environmental Law and Compliance,” provides an overview of the most common environmental statutory and regulatory programs that can impose environmental obligations on regulated industries. In this chapter, the authors also summarize the key obligations and potential violations associated with a wide variety of environmental statutes, ranging from commonly known statutes such as the Clean Air Act to less-familiar statutes such as the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. Read More ›

Megan Brillault Quoted in Bloomberg BNA on Recent Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Megan Brillault, a Principal in Beveridge & Diamond's New York office and leader of the firm's Litigation practice group, was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report titled "Civil Rule Changes Could Affect Environmental Litigation." Read More ›

Parker Moore Quoted in Bloomberg BNA and Law360 on Developing Successful ESA Strategy for Northern Long-Eared Bat

Parker Moore, a Principal in Beveridge & Diamond's Washington, DC office and leader of the firm’s Endangered Species and Wildlife Protection practice group, was quoted in two articles on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) final rule that significantly broadened the activities that may be conducted within the northern long-eared bat’s 37-state range. Read More ›