Ronald Varnum

Ronald Varnum

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Clean Power Plan Published; Appeals Period Begins

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register today, triggering a 60-day appeals period. Petitioners will have until December 22, 2015, to file appeals of the Clean...more

10/26/2015 - Appeals Carbon Emissions Clean Power Plan Climate Action Plan Climate Change Coal Industry Energy Sector EPA Federal Register Natural Resources Obama Administration Power Plants

EPA Proposes New Rules for Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Management and for Other Hazardous Waste Generators

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced two new proposed hazardous waste rules that EPA believes would clarify and simplify requirements for health care facilities and retail pharmacies to manage their...more

9/9/2015 - Compliance EPA Federal Register Generic Drugs Hazardous Waste Health Care Providers Healthcare Healthcare Facilities Hospitals Pain Management Clinics Pharmaceutical Industry Pharmaceutical Reverse Distributors Pharmacies Prescription Drugs

President Obama, EPA Announce Final Clean Power Plan to Regulate Power Plant Emissions Connected to Climate Change

President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the issuance of the long-anticipated Federal Clean Power Plan, which regulates emission to the atmosphere of carbon dioxide (CO2) from...more

8/4/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Climate Change Energy Sector EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Natural Gas Obama Administration Power Plants

Supreme Court: EPA Must Consider Costs in Power Plant Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Michigan v. EPA, reversing a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and holding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must consider...more

6/30/2015 - Chevron Deference Clean Air Act Electricity Energy Sector EPA Hazardous Substances Michigan v. EPA Power Plants SCOTUS Toxic Chemicals

HUD adopts updated standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

Construction SignHUD’s Office of Housing and the Federal Housing Administration’s adoption of a new technical standard for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (“Phase I ESA”) took effect on May 16, 2014....more


EPA Publishes Proposed Greenhouse Gas Standards for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its proposed standards of performance for greenhouse gases emitted from new electric utility steam generating units and stationary combustion turbines on January 8, 2014,...more

1/9/2014 - Carbon Emissions Coal-Fired Generation Energy Policy Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas Power Plants

New Jersey Takes Emergency Action To Speed Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) took emergency action to reduce approval backlogs and to make it easier for those seeking to rebuild in wake of Hurricane Sandy to obtain regulatory approvals by...more

5/7/2013 - Department of Environmental Protection Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Redevelopment

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