This is E. Lynn Grayson's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following E. Lynn Grayson's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
E. Lynn Grayson
Recent Activity
Image
Today recognizes the third annual Imagine a Day Without Water event to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water. Over 500 organizations, cities, water authorities, and corporations have joined together once again to focus attention on the importance of this valuable resource and the critical need to upgrade and improve water infrastructure throughout the U.S. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
As the cleanup, rebuilding, and recovery continues in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, there has been increasing news coverage about the environmental consequences resulting from impacts of this devastating storm in Texas. We have all seen the coverage on the Arkema SA chemical plant explosion and fire in Crosby, Texas, as well as this weekend’s news that 13 Superfund sites in the Houston area have been flooded and are experiencing possible damage. What we have not heard much about is action on the part of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to do its part to allow residents and their commercial and industrial businesses to recover. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), managing $2.6 trillion in assets, recently took action to motivate companies to treat climate change as a significant risk and to encourage business to ensure that assets and its long-term business strategy are resilient to climate change impacts. SSGA published “Perspectives on Effective Climate Change Disclosure” to provide guidance to companies on best practices for climate-related scenario-planning disclosure. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday its plans to waive numerous environmental laws to allow more expedient construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international border near San Diego. The decision was signed by then DHS Secretary John Kelly and applies to a 15-mile border segment in San Diego where the Agency plans to upgrade fencing and build border wall prototypes. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
The Trump Administration signaled its plans to renegotiate the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by issuing the Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation this month. President Trump committed to renegotiate NAFTA in order to obtain more open, equitable, secure, and reciprocal market access with our two largest export markets in Canada and Mexico. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
New research confirms that the quality of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) disclosures is greatly improved when companies use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Framework. The Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. (G&A), the data partner for GRI, also confirms that more companies than ever before are developing and disclosing sustainability reports. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
The Governments of Canada and the United States recently released the State of the Great Lakes 2017 Highlights Report. Overall, the Report characterizes the condition of the Great Lakes as Fair and Unchanging. While progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes has been made, including the reduction of toxic chemicals, challenges remain with issues such as invasive species and nutrients. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
Yesterday, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) released new REACH guidance for companies that import goods containing hazardous substances above a 0.1 percent by weight. While aimed at importer notifications, the guidance also addresses registration, notification and communication obligations under the REACH law related to substances in articles. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
By E. Lynn Grayson EPA recently extended the effective date of the final reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale. EPA has delayed the effective date of the January 12, 2017 final rule from May 12, 2017 to August 14,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Consumer Law Round-Up
Image
EPA recently extended the effective date of the final reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale. EPA has delayed the effective date of the January 12, 2017 final rule from May 12, 2017 to August 14, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
Exelon and Jenner & Block partnered today with the Alliance for the Great Lakes to cleanup 12th Street Beach, near the Adler Planetarium. Team members worked together to police the beach front picking up and disposing of waste and other discarded materials. The litter was identified, logged, recorded and weighed to aid in understanding the short term and long term impacts we are having on the Great Lakes and the many ecosystems that rely upon them. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
On Monday, June 12, 2017, Jenner & Block is hosting a special program targeted at environmental lawyers titled Drilling Down on the Risks: Ethics and Liabilities for the Environmental Practitioners. The program will be held from 11:45-1:30 at Jenner & Block’s offices, 353 North Clark Street, in Chicago. You may participate in the program in person or via a webinar. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
Today we celebrate World Environment Day—a global celebration of nature and a day to reconnect with the places that matter most to you. Initiated in 1972, World Environment Day is the United Nations' most important day for promoting worldwide awareness and action for protection of the environment. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
A recent case reminds us that not all communications between lawyers and environmental consultants are privileged despite best efforts to make them so. In Valley Forge Ins. V. Hartford Iron & Metal, Inc., the Northern District of Indiana ruled that the attorney-client privilege doesn’t protect a lawyer’s emails to environmental contractors when the communications concern remediation as opposed to litigation. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
By and large, Americans are blessed with clean, safe, plentiful and mostly free drinking water sources. The Flint, Michigan contaminated drinking water scandal was a wakeup call for many that drinking water sources we depend upon may not be as reliable, stable, or even as affordable as we think. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
Today is World Water Day as proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1993. World Water Day is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP’s) Global Water Report 2016 titled Thirsty Business: Why Water is Vital to Climate Action analyzes water disclosures made through the CDP’s 2016 information request. It was aimed at companies facing water risks and opportunities and investors seeking to better understand how water issues might impact portfolios. The report provides insights into the business connections between water, energy and private sector efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
This week I published an article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Trump election puts environment into less than green state. In this article, I discuss my thoughts on environmental issues during the transition from the Obama Administration to the Trump Administration. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
Jenner & Block Partners Gay Sigel, Steve Siros, and Allison Torrence will speak at the upcoming program Environmental, Health, and Safety Issues in 2017: What to Expect From the Trump Administration, hosted by Jenner & Block’s Environmental, Workplace Health & Safety Practice Group on Tuesday, March 7 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 p.m. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
Last week, President Trump repealed the stream protection rule designed to halt water pollution caused by mountain top removal mining. Using the Congressional Review Act authority, he stopped implementation of a rule that would have limited the placement of mining waste in streams and drinking water sources, as well as the amount of waste generated overall by mining operations. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
CFATS: New DHS Outreach. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to implement recent changes to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
There is a new development in the continuing conflict between Florida and Georgia over the water-sharing arrangements involving the Chattahoochee, Flint, and Apalachicola Rivers. A U.S. Supreme Court-appointed special master has ordered the parties to participate in settlement discussions following a lengthy trial at the end of last year. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures has issued a report detailing is recommendations for helping businesses disclose climate-related financial risks and opportunities within the context of their existing disclosure requirements. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
Image
By E. Lynn Grayson The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has issued draft guidance titled Alternatives Analysis Guide and is seeking comments through January 20, 2017. California’s Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program challenges product designers and manufacturers to reduce toxic chemicals in their products. According to DTSC, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Consumer Law Round-Up