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Sustainability Reporting Trends in the New Year – ’16 going on ‘17

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If you’re feeling uncertain or confused about the future of sustainability reporting in the United States, you’re not alone. With the business world’s adoption of sustainability reports moving full steam ahead—and increasing hunger for such information and transparency from global consumers and investors—the new Trump administration is going in a completely different direction. This blog … Continue reading this entry

Enjoy Your Labor Day!

The Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes you a safe and happy holiday weekend. We’ll be back to our regular posting soon. Thanks for your continued support of our blog!  … Continue reading this entry

Deadline Approaching for Prop 65 Compliance for Bisphenol A

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Effective May 11, 2016, manufacturers that make products containing Bisphenol A (“BPA”) will be required to comply with California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as “Prop 65.” More specifically, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of such products must ensure that by no later than May 11, 2016, consumers are provided … Continue reading this entry

U.S. Supreme Court Unexpectedly Stays Clean Power Plan

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In a virtually unprecedented move, the Supreme Court yesterday issued an order staying the Clean Power Plan, the cornerstone of President Obama’s environmental agenda and the most significant step the country has ever taken to address climate change.… Continue reading this entry

Happy Thanksgiving from the Manufacturing Industry Advisor Team

During this week of Thanksgiving, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes to thank all of you for reading, contributing to, and sharing our blog. Since this is a busy time of year for everyone, some of you might have missed a post or two over the last few weeks. For your convenience, linked below are some of our most recent and popular posts. … Continue reading this entry

Addressing Climate Change in SEC Filings and Other Public Disclosures: What These Disclosures Mean for Businesses

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Regulatory agencies are focusing on required climate change-related disclosures in securities filings and other public disclosures, seeking to ensure not only that such disclosures are made, but also that they are supported by adequate evidence, consistent with other public statements, and sufficiently specific with respect to the disclosing entity’s business. Companies making such disclosures should … Continue reading this entry

EPA’s Clean Power Plan Presents Challenges, Opportunities for Manufacturers

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While much of the focus on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Clean Power Plan (“CPP”) relates to its impact on utilities and other energy providers, manufacturers and other large electricity consumers are understandably concerned about the CPP’s impact on their electricity bill. While these large consumers could see substantially higher electric rates as … Continue reading this entry

Sixth Circuit Provides Short-Term Clarity on WOTUS Rule

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today issued a nationwide stay on the so-called “Clean Water Rule,” under which the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) revised the federal definition of “waters of the United States.” The rule, which is often … Continue reading this entry

Key Takeaways From the Associated Industries of Florida Water Forum

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Last week I was honored to serve as lead moderator at the 2015 Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) Water Forum held in Orlando, Florida. As moderator, I led dynamic conversations on a wide range of water-related issues, including water supply, water quality, and implementation of Florida’s Amendment 1. The Forum featured Commissioner of the Department … Continue reading this entry

Looking Back and Looking Forward on Manufacturing Day

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Happy Manufacturing Day! On the first Friday of October, we celebrate advances in modern manufacturing while inspiring future generations of manufacturers. Click here to find an MFG event near you.… Continue reading this entry

Energy Efficiency Through Innovative Financing

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Do your energy costs keep you up at night? Do aging systems keep your utility spend high while other needs draw scarce capital resources? You are not alone. Major HVAC, lighting and other upgrades can be capital intensive with a long payback that does not justify making them a short-term priority in the near term. … Continue reading this entry

U.S. EPA and the Army Corps Finalize Much-Anticipated “Waters of the United States” Definition

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On May 27, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued a highly anticipated revision to the federal definition of “waters of the United States.” By expanding the application of various regulations under multiple federal environmental laws—including the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Comprehensive … Continue reading this entry

U.S. EPA – Next Generation Enforcement – Already Here With More Coming Soon

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The 2016 budget focus for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) is on continued implementation of its “Next Generation” enforcement initiative, and this could mean big costs for manufacturers who choose to adapt their environmental compliance practices accordingly and big penalties for those who do not. Under this initiative, U.S. EPA intends to … Continue reading this entry

China Proposes New Restriction of Hazardous Substance (“RoHS”) Requirements for Electronics Manufacturers

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Do you manufacture electrical and electronic products, parts or components? Do you manage manufacturing design for such products? Do you oversee Chinese suppliers manufacturing such products? If so, you need to follow Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS) developments closely for possible future changes to product content restrictions in China. Earlier this week, on May 18, 2015, … Continue reading this entry

Made in the USA! Reshoring Children’s Products

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For all expecting and new parents, you probably have learned how quickly buying your child’s products adds up! So why would you be willing to pay more for an American-made product when you could purchase a similar product or even the “same” product, produced overseas, for half the cost? To answer this question, you should … Continue reading this entry

Trends in Chinese Regulation for Manufacturers to Watch in 2015

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In China, there are an overwhelming number of measures to govern almost all aspects of the process of manufacturing a product, bringing that product to market, and maintaining that product’s integrity and competitiveness in the marketplace. However, the application of these laws varies significantly across agencies, subject matters and internal jurisdictions.… Continue reading this entry

2015 Regulatory Challenges Burdening Manufacturers

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As we roll into the new year, this edition of the Manufacturing Industry Advisor takes a look at some of the key regulatory issues that manufacturers will be facing in 2015. Based on recent discussions with key legislative and industry association figures in D.C., below we provide a summary on how the following regulatory areas … Continue reading this entry

2014: An Exciting and Challenging Time for American Manufacturing

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2014, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor’s inaugural year, marked an exciting but challenging time for American manufacturers. In our final blog post for the year, we will highlight some of the trends and developments we noted in 2014, with links to our earlier observations. Here, at Foley & Lardner, we aim to do more than monitor … Continue reading this entry

Happy Thanksgiving from the Manufacturing Industry Advisor Team

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During this week of Thanksgiving, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes to thank all of you for reading, contributing to, and sharing our blog. Since this is a busy time of year for everyone, some of you might have missed a post or two over the last few weeks. For your convenience, linked below are some of our most recent and popular posts. … Continue reading this entry

Wait for the "Green" Light Before Making Environmentally Friendly Claims

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Consumers increasingly pay a premium for environmentally friendly products. As a result, companies are expanding their green marketing claims regarding products and packaging. Those companies may find themselves under scrutiny from the regulatory body overseeing environmental claims related to products, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). The FTC has become more aggressive in enforcing its green … Continue reading this entry

EPA Advocacy Can Add Value to a Manufacturer’s Bottom Line

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Whether you’re manufacturing widgets or rubber bands, paper products or cheese, one thing most manufacturers have in common is being subject to various regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Manufacturers often experience regulation as an imposition of new, stringent requirements that drive up operational costs. However, there are opportunities to engage in the regulatory … Continue reading this entry

Recognizing Leaders in Manufacturing

This month we salute two organizations for raising the profile of leaders in the manufacturing industry. First is the Manufacturing Institute for presenting the 2015 STEP Awards. We encourage readers to nominate a peer or colleague for this prestigious national award. The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership at all levels … Continue reading this entry

The First Legal Innovation Hub for NextGen Manufacturers

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Will you and I witness the next “industrial revolution?” Consider how dramatically manufacturing is advancing in today’s economy. With astonishing speed, manufacturers are applying 21st century technology to produce state-of-the-art, enterprise-wide systems that support ongoing process improvements and ever-changing business partners. Manufacturers are reconfiguring their factories, returning to the U.S., and educating their workforces to … Continue reading this entry