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Following California’s lead, Washington State has revived, at the state level, federal limits on greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and is contemplating additional restrictions in the future. HFCs are synthetic gases that are used in a variety of applications, but mainly to replace ozone-depleting substances in aerosols, foams, refrigeration, and air-conditioning.  In late April, Washington’s legislature passed HB 1112. Governor Inslee signed the bill into law on May 7, 2019. The core section of HB 1112 adopts as state law the content of EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Rules 20 and 21 (40 CFR Part 82, Appx. U and V) before they were largely vacated by the D.C. Circuit in two decisions.
Today, the Council adopted the Single-Use Plastics Directive.  One of the key outcomes is the introduction of an EU wide market restriction for several plastic products such as cotton bud sticks, plates, or food containers made of expanded polystyrene.  Measures to reduce the consumption of plastic food containers and beverage cups e.g. by setting national reduction targets, or ensuring that single-use plastic products cannot be provided free of charge . . .
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The headlines are all talking about supply and demand; specifically, oil supply and its impact on the price of oil.  As of the posting of this, WTI Crude is sitting at $58.07 per barrel and Brent crude is at $67.85 per barrel, according to Bloomberg Energy, and it has folks wondering where oil prices will go from here in light of oil inventories rising.  By way of a reminder, at the end of last year, a “glut” is reported to have helped contribute to the fact that oil prices took a significant tumble to that $45 per barrel mark, that we all would like to forget happened.   More on Oil Pricing Here >
Nearly two years since PFAS groundwater contamination in northern Kent County became public, more details are emerging that will affect property marketability and value.  The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) and Michigan EGLE (formerly DEQ) will not issue new well permits at properties in which the water source is contaminated above 70 ppt total PFAS (and the state is currently considering lowering this criteria), or if the property is located too close a known dumping area. Applicable Michigan regulations provide that "a well shall be constructed to exclude all known sources of contamination from the well."  More on Michigan PFAS Contamination Here >
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