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An Air of Change in CERCLA Liability? Pakootas v. Teck Cominco and CERCLA’s Federal Permit Shield

A case recently argued before the Ninth Circuit, Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd., 9th Cir., No. 15-35228, could pave the way for a new theory of liability for parties who release air emissions during the course of...more

EPA Proposes Update to National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level Ozone

On November 25, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) proposed to reduce both the primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (“NAAQS”) for ground-level ozone from 75 parts per billion (“ppb”) to...more

12/30/2014  /  Clean Air Act , EPA , NAAQS , Proposed Standards

Fourth Circuit Restricts “Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser” Defense

On April 4, 2013, the Fourth Circuit issued a ruling in PCS Nitrogen Inc. v. Ashley II of Charleston that, among other things, may limit the availability of the “bona fide prospective purchaser” (“BFPP”) defense that Congress...more

EPA Tightens Air Regulations for Emissions During Shutdown, Startup and Malfunction

Introduction - Of particular concern to electric utilities and other major sources operating under Title V permits, on February 12, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) initiated steps under the Clean...more

3/14/2013  /  Clean Air Act , EPA , Exemptions , SIP , SSM Periods
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