Ronald Farley

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EPA's Coal Ash Rule Continues to Draw Criticism - From Both Sides

The EPA’s publication of a coal ash rule on April 17, 2015, did little to resolve the debate about the proper management of the material. Members of Congress have continued to push for legislation which would change...more

10/3/2016 - Coal Coal Ash Coal Industry Energy Sector Environmental Policies EPA Hazardous Waste Proposed Legislation RCRA Water Resources Development Act

Alabama Joins Challenge to EPA's Rule Limiting Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

Alabama has joined several other states in a petition filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit seeking to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule regulating emissions standards for certain...more

8/15/2016 - Appeals Energy Sector Environmental Policies EPA Final Rules National Emissions Standards Natural Gas Oil & Gas

Carbon Tax?

One of the many issues in the current Presidential campaign involves the question of whether to pursue a tax on carbon emissions. The matter has been viewed by the Clinton campaign with some interest but not commitment,...more

8/2/2016 - Carbon Emissions Carbon Taxes Climate Change Energy Sector Environmental Policies Exxon Mobil

Advancing Chemical Safety – Maybe the Art of Compromise Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

President Obama signed a major reform of the Nation’s chemical safety standards on Wednesday, June 22. The legislation amended the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, providing the first substantive changes in the 40-year old...more

7/6/2016 - Chemicals Environmental Policies EPA Legislative Amendments Manufacturers Risk Management Safety Standards Toxic Chemicals Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

Climate Change and Creative Problem Solving

A story in the New York Times recently portrays the ice cap in Greenland as rapidly disappearing. (NYT). Indeed, the pictures are dramatic. The story is based on experiences and observations from scientists working in the...more

11/4/2015 - Alaska Arctic Drilling Climate Change Environmental Policies Global Warming New York Times Oil & Gas

Obama Announces Clean Power Plan, Fights to Follow

On August 3, 2015, President Obama announced the finalization of the long-awaited Clean Power Plan, a policy primarily intended to further the commitment to combatting global warming. The Plan focuses on the electric power...more

8/7/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Power Plan Climate Change Coal Industry Environmental Policies EPA Federal Register Global Warming Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mercury Natural Gas Obama Administration Oil & Gas Renewable Energy

Environmental Issues and The Republican Majority

Expectations are running high among some that the incoming Republican majority in both Houses of Congress will act to change or eliminate various environmental regulations and statutory provisions that they claim harm the...more

1/6/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Coal Industry Coal-Fired Generation Environmental Policies Infrastructure Legislative Agendas Oil & Gas Political Parties Power Plants

EPA Further Delays Hydraulic Fracturing Study as Controversy Builds

EPA’s current estimate of the completion time for a draft of its study of the risks posed by hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to drinking water is now projected by the agency to be developed in early 2015. This is based on...more

11/4/2014 - Chemicals Contamination Delays Drinking Water Environmental Policies EPA Fracking Hazardous Substances Investigations Water Water Supplies

Carbon and Climate Continue to Create Controversy

Late last month, President Obama addressed the United Nations Climate Summit and just a few days ahead of that, EPA announced that it has extended the comment period on the Clean Power Plant proposed rule to December 1, 2014....more

10/1/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Power Plan Climate Action Plan Climate Change Coal-Fired Generation Energy Policy Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Supreme Court Upholds Greenhouse Gas Emmission Limits for Large Industries, but Implementation Questions Remain

On Monday, June 22, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much anticipated decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency where it affirmed EPA’s authority to impose limits for greenhouse gas (GHG)...more

7/3/2014 - BACT Clean Air Act Climate Change Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits Power Plants SCOTUS Title V Utilities Sector Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA

Coal Ash Update

We have periodically updated the status of EPA’s long-running effort to decide whether and how to regulate coal ash generated primarily from electric power generation. Recent events have put EPA on a course to make a final...more

3/5/2014 - Coal Coal Ash Energy Environmental Policies EPA RCRA

EPA Finalizes Regulatory Agenda, But House Moving To Curb The Agency

On January 7, federal agencies, including EPA, published in the Federal Register the Agency’s proposed regulatory agendas for 2014. EPA’s agenda was generally consistent with the unified agenda published prior to...more

2/6/2014 - Environmental Policies EPA Waste Disposal

Regulatory Utility Commissioners Seek Role In Development Of EPA Climate Rules

In June, President Obama directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to propose standards regulating greenhouse gas emissions (“GHG”) from existing power plants. The requirements would be imposed under Section 111(d) of...more

12/3/2013 - Air Pollution Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Climate Change Energy Policy Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

Questionning Environmental Law And Regulatory Policy

A significant issue in the recent federal government shut down was the fundamental question over the scope of government authority and its role in a wide range of activities. In short, should there be any government...more

11/6/2013 - Air Pollution Environmental Policies EPA SCOTUS

ASTM Changes To The E1527

As Scott Hitch noted in a previous post, a change to the federal rule regarding All Appropriate Inquiries (“AAI”) is currently on notice for public review and comment. The comment period ends on September 16. The proposed...more

9/9/2013 - ASTM Environmental Assessments Environmental Policies ESA Listings Proposed Legislation Public Comment

ADEM Backtracks On Its Effort To Require Remediation Agreements

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) has apparently ended its effort to require payment of fees to review groundwater assessments and remediation plans, at least for the time being. Approximately one...more

1/7/2013 - Environmental Assessments Environmental Policies EPA Groundwater Remediation

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