James Smith

James Smith

Porter Hedges LLP

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EPA's Draft Strategic Plan Acknowledges Reduction in Enforcement Resources

In November 2013, EPA issued its draft Strategic Plan for 2014-2018. EPA received comments on the Plan through January 3, 2014, although the comments will probably not lead to significant changes....more

1/15/2014 - Air Pollution Carbon Emissions Enforcement Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Texas Railroad Commission to Hire Seismologist

The Texas Railroad Commission announced that it would hire an in-house seismologist to investigate the possible link of oil and gas activity to seismic events. In a January 7, 2014 statement, the Railroad Commission said that...more

1/9/2014 - Common Carriers Mineral Exploration Mining Oil & Gas Pipelines Seismic Data Texas

EPA Recognizes New Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in Real Estate Transactions

Effective December 30, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has amended its regulations for site assessments in real estate transactions to add a new standard, ASTM E1527-13, as satisfying the agency’s requirements...more

1/8/2014 - ASTM CERCLA Contaminated Properties Environmental Assessments EPA Land Developers Real Estate Market Superfund Vapor Intrusion

"OSHA's Launch of Web Resources to "Assist" Companies May Be Part of a Disturbing Trend"

On October 24, 2013, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a press release announcing that it had "launched two new web resources to assist companies with keeping their workers safe." One resource is...more

10/30/2013 - Compliance OSHA

US Supreme Court Appears Ready to Address GHG Issue Left Unresolved by Court of Appeals

On October 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the challenge to EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations. The Court consolidated six different appeals from the decision of the United States Court of Appeals...more

10/16/2013 - Clean Air Act EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits SCOTUS Standing

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