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Good Automotive Emissions News

There certainly has been plenty of bad emissions news in the past few months in the Automotive Industry. How about some good news? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reported that “Automakers Beat Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Third Straight Year”. Moreover, overall fuel economy continued its record high level.… Continue reading this entry

Michigan Storm Water Update – July 2015

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC. Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com.  What? – If you have an industrial/manufacturing facility in Michigan, and storm water runoff is exposed to industrial materials and/or industrial activities which discharge to waters of the state, you are likely subject to storm water … Continue reading this entry

EU Seeks to Balance Emissions Controls and Global Competitiveness

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The European Union has placed a growing emphasis on climate change policies in recent years, and the week of June 15–19 marks the 10th annual European Union Sustainable Energy Week focusing on “sustainable mobility,” decarbonisation, and other energy topics. Earlier this year, the European Commission released its Energy Union proposal for the Paris Protocol, calling … Continue reading this entry

CDP Announces Climate Change Reporting Changes for 2015

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com.  CDP, an international nonprofit organization that provides a global system for measuring, reporting and managing vital environmental information, is issuing requests to thousands of companies this month, asking them to report business risks, opportunities, management … Continue reading this entry

EPA Announces It Will Release New Guidelines on Vehicle MPG Ratings

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The EPA announced, on February 23, 2015, that it will release new guidelines for vehicle fuel economy testing. The new guidelines will apply next year and will address how vehicles should be prepared and broken in before fuel economy testing. The testing for fuel economy has not been updated in ten years, and the guidelines … Continue reading this entry

China Market Update

U.S. and Japan Continue Talks on Auto Tariffs
The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) recently presented on February 4th its annual China Market update webinar, and as usual a lot of great information was imparted to OESA members. The presentations included a review of the “China Auto Market Dynamics” by Yale Zhang, Managing Director of Automotive Foresight in Shanghai, and a review of … Continue reading this entry

Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program Update

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The following post is provided by our guest author, Graham Crockford from TRC Environmental Corporation. Graham can be reached at gcrockford@trcsolutions.com.  Many of our Ohio based automotive suppliers with retained environmental liability are performing soil and groundwater cleanups using the Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP). My colleagues and I thought it would be timely to describe the … Continue reading this entry

Draft ISO 14001:2015 Standard Available for Public Comment

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com.  The revision of the ISO 14001 standard is now open for public comment, with the final standard publication expected in 2015, affecting over 280,000 certified organizations worldwide. Once final, the standard is expected to be … Continue reading this entry

What’s Next for Conflict Minerals Rules After D.C. Circuit Decision?

On April 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued its long-anticipated ruling in the industry challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) conflict minerals rules, and – as we forecast in a previous blog post – free speech issues proved to be critical to the … Continue reading this entry

Sustainability Reporting Standards for the Automotive Industry

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com. The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a non-profit organization incorporated in 2011, was formed to provide investors and the general public with decision-useful information to assess sustainability issues of U.S. publicly traded companies. SASB … Continue reading this entry

EPA Finalizes Rule Tightening Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule on March 3, 2014, that establishes stricter standards for motor vehicle exhaust emissions and the sulfur content of gasoline. The new “Tier 3” standards represent a holistic approach to reducing motor vehicle emissions: they require auto manufacturers to cut tailpipe emissions of volatile organic compounds, nitrogen … Continue reading this entry

Regulatory and Standard Updates for 2014

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com. A number of regulations and standards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, OSHA, and other organizations have recently been revised and/or updated. TRC has prepared a Regulatory Update summarizing the changes with anticipated impacts in 2014.… Continue reading this entry

Top Legal Issues Facing Suppliers in 2014

We know that you have been considering what business and commercial issues you will face in 2014 (and perhaps beyond) as an Automotive Supplier. But, have you been considering what legal issues you are likely to face? Do you know what is happening in Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Compliance, NHTSA and Automotive Safety, Data Security and Privacy, … Continue reading this entry

Phase I of EPA's ESA Standard Process Finalized

The following post is provided by our guest author, Graham Crockford from TRC Environmental Corporation.  Graham can be reached at gcrockford@trcsolutions.com. On November 6, 2013, the final version of ASTM E1527-13: Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process was released with an effective date of November 6, 2013. On December … Continue reading this entry

Highlighting Updates to the SPCC Program Guidance

The following post is provided by guest author, Graham Crockford from TRC Environmental Corporation. Graham can be reached at gcrockford@trcsolutions.com. In August, the EPA published a revision to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Guidance Document for Regional Inspectors, which explains the many nuances of the SPCC rule, updated to include revisions to the … Continue reading this entry

Preparing for Exit: Will Your Environmental Liability Disclosures Comfort a Buyer?

The following post is provided by our guest author, Graham Crockford from TRC Environmental Corporation. Graham can be reached at gcrockford@trcsolutions.com. Our firm is often retained to assist companies evaluate environmental risk/liabilities during acquisitions and divestitures. Whether a company is preparing to divest non-core assets, or preparing for a stock sale, contingent environmental liabilities are an element … Continue reading this entry

RICE MACT Update

The following post is provided by our guest author, Graham Crockford from TRC Environmental Corporation. Graham can be reached at gcrockford@trcsolutions.com. On October 19, 2013 all spark-ignition (natural gas or gasoline-fired) Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (RICE) units are required to be in compliance with the RICE MACT. By that date facilities with RICE units must install … Continue reading this entry

Obama’s Climate Plan Won’t Work for Power Plants, Which Could Be Bad News for the Transportation Sector

President Obama’s Climate Plan – which was released earlier this summer – sets as its goal a 17% national greenhouse gas reduction by 2020. The centerpiece of Obama’s plan is to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants, which comprise about a third of this country’s total emissions. But, according to a recent article in … Continue reading this entry

Update: Environmental Management System Standard ISO 14001-2015

The following post is provided by our guest author, Graham Crockford from TRC Environmental Corporation. Earlier I blogged about how connecting and leveraging the Environmental Management System (EMS) framework can promote broader sustainability objectives. Since then, the third Working Group draft of ISO 14001:2015 was issued to the more than 130 National Committees representing each … Continue reading this entry

Materiality Momentum

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. In April, a number of interesting developments occurred that contribute to the momentum on the topic of materiality in sustainability reporting. The common theme is a focus on better defining material environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and integrating these issues … Continue reading this entry

Proposed Chemical Safety Improvement Act Seeks Modernization of Chemical Regulation

On May 22, 2013, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators (including Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and the recently deceased Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)) introduced the “Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013” (“CSIA”) in an effort to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act and make dramatic changes to the current regulatory structure governing the manufacturing, sale, … Continue reading this entry

USEPA’s PCB Bulk Product Waste Reinterpretation – 40 CFR Part 761

The following post is provided by our guest author, Graham Crockford from TRC Environmental Corporation. PCBs were domestically manufactured from 1929 until their manufacture was banned in the United States in 1979. Due to their non-flammability, chemical stability, high boiling point, and electrical insulating properties, PCBs were used in hundreds of industrial and commercial applications … Continue reading this entry

Updated Security Requirements for CY2012 Toxic Release Inventory Reporting

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation.  This year, USEPA has made a change in the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting process, merging their reporting/certification systems. As part of this process, they have added several new steps that previously approved Certifying Officials will need to conduct in order … Continue reading this entry

Using Your EMS to Advance Sustainability Objectives

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen A. Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. Following the 1992 Rio Summit on the Environment, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems to advance organizational commitment to environmental improvement. Just as the management systems perspective advanced the environmental focus beyond compliance … Continue reading this entry