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Time-Barred Claim . . . Or Is It? Supreme Court Agrees To Review Fourth Circuit State Statute of Repose Case

As reported on the Ogletree Deakins Environmental Law blog in July of 2013, a divided panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERLCA or...more

2/17/2014 - CERCLA Contamination Environmental Claims Environmental Liability Environmental Policies Statute of Repose Superfund

Do I Have to Think About Environmental Compliance?

Electric utilities, pulp and paper mills, and manufacturers of all types are subject to a wide range of environmental requirements. Other businesses—like retail facilities, warehouses, and property management companies—are...more

1/30/2014 - Batteries Chemicals Clean Air Act Compliance Environmental Liability Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hazardous Substances Labeling OSHA RCRA

What to Expect From EPA in 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to spend more time and effort on promulgating new regulations than pursuing enforcement during 2014. The agency has acknowledged that budget cuts will affect the number of...more

1/7/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Water Act Compliance Enforcement Actions Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hazardous Substances Waste

EPA Adopts New Standard for Environmental Due Diligence

In a rule published on December 30, 2013, and effective immediately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has adopted a new standard (at 78 Fed. Reg. 79319) for conducting All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) at...more

1/3/2014 - Environmental Assessments Environmental Liability Environmental Policies EPA

EPA Raises Civil Penalty Amounts

On November 6, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule in the Federal Register raising the maximum penalties that the agency can impose for certain violations of environmental laws....more

11/8/2013 - Civil Monetary Penalty Clean Air Act Debt Collection EPA Fines Inflation Adjustments

South Carolina Supreme Court Issues Important Ruling on Nuisance, Trespass, and Liability for Offensive Odors

On August 14, 2013, the South Carolina Supreme Court answered four questions certified to it by the U. S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. Babb v. Lee County Landfill SC, LLC, No. 27299 (August 14, 2013)....more

8/23/2013 - Liability Nuisance Premises Liability Trespass

At Long Last . . . EPA Announces Rule on Industrial Solvent-Contaminated Wipes

On July 22, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had finalized a rule revising the definition of solid waste to conditionally exclude solvent-contaminated wipes that are cleaned and reused,...more

7/25/2013 - Contamination Environmental Claims EPA New Regulations Solvents Toxic Exposure Waste

Time-Barred Claim? Fourth Circuit Invalidates State Statute of Repose in Contamination Cases

On July 10, 2013, a divided panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERLCA or Superfund), the federal law redressing disposal of...more

7/19/2013 - CERCLA Contaminated Properties Contamination EPA Hazardous Substances Statute of Repose

Eco-Friendly Product? Be Careful How You Advertise It

Everyone is “going green.” From recycling to reduced packaging, consumers want products they perceive to be environmentally friendly. But what do those “green” claims really mean? ...more

3/11/2013 - Advertising FTC Green Guides Marketing

Tier II Reports Due by March 1

It is that time of year again. If your company has certain chemicals in quantities that trigger reporting requirements under Section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), your annual Tier II...more

2/22/2013 - Chemicals Clean Water Act EPA EPCRA NAICS Notice Requirements Oil & Gas OSHA Reporting Requirements SERC

EPA Releases 2012 Enforcement Results

Under the headline “EPA Enforcement in 2012 Protects Communities from Harmful Pollution,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 17, 2012, released its annual report of enforcement activities for the 2012...more

1/16/2013 - Enforcement Environmental Crimes EPA Hazardous Substances Penalties

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