Scott Hitch

Scott Hitch

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New Year Brings New Coal Ash Regulations and New Legislative Proposals

December 19, 2014 marked the deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to announce its final decision regarding a new regulatory scheme for coal ash disposal (Coal Combustion Residuals or CCR). The new...more

12/24/2014 - Coal Coal Ash EPA Hazardous Substances New Regulations Waste Disposal

EPA Releases Annual Environmental Enforcement Results

December 18, 2014, marked the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual environmental enforcement and compliance results. See News Release, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Announces 2014...more

12/23/2014 - Annual Reports Enforcement Statistics EPA

Georgia EPD Appoints New Brownfield Program Coordinator

Beth Blalock has been named the new Brownfield Coordinator for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, replacing Madeleine Kellam, who has led the brownfield program since its inception and will retire at the end of...more

8/28/2014 - Administrative Appointments Brownfield Properties

Georgia EPD Changes Marsh Buffer Policy

On April 22, Judson Turner, director of Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division, issued a memorandum that changes how the agency and local government development authorities are to measure vegetated buffer requirements...more

4/29/2014 - Environmental Policies Wetlands

EPA, Army Corps Of Engineers Propose Rule Clarifying Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

On March 25, the US Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule to clarify Clean Water Act jurisdiction over streams and wetlands by re-defining “Waters of the United States” in...more

4/1/2014 - Clean Water Act EPA Jurisdiction Water Waters of the United States

EPA Announces Regional Administrator For Region 4 Office In Atlanta

On January 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Heather McTeer Toney has been appointed by President Obama as regional administrator for EPA’s regional office in Atlanta. ...more

1/23/2014 - EPA Political Appointments

Georgia DNR Board Postpones Vote On CAFO Rules Changes

On November 18, the Board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources postponed a vote scheduled for December 3 on rules changes that, if approved, could expand the state’s hog industry by raising the threshold for...more

11/22/2013 - Farm Animals Proposed Regulation

Georgia DNR Board To Consider Increases To CAFO Permitting Thresholds

The board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will consider changes to rules for permit requirements for swine feeding operations. The most significant change proposed is to increase the threshold for triggering...more

10/29/2013 - Environmental Policies Water

EPA Proposes NSPS For Power Plants

On September 20, EPA issued a proposed rule to restrict carbon emissions from new coal and gas-fired power plants. The restrictions are anticipated to require carbon capture and sequestration for any new coal-fired plants....more

9/27/2013 - Carbon Capture and Sequestration Coal-Fired Generation EPA Oil & Gas Power Plants

EPA Mandates Electronic Filing for Toxic Release Inventory Reports

On August, 27, EPA published a final rule requiring electronic filing for facilities reporting chemical releases through the Toxics Release Inventory, beginning January 21, 2014. The rule is designed to ease the regulatory...more

9/26/2013 - Electronic Filing EPA Toxic Release Inventory Trade Secrets

EPA To Withdraw All Appropriate Inquiries Rule And Issue New Final Rule

EPA is poised to withdraw the direct final rule it published on August 15, which would have added a new ASTM standard for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments to the list of “all appropriate inquiries” that must...more

9/19/2013 - ASTM CERCLA Environmental Assessments EPA New Regulations

Georgia Court Of Appeals Upholds Class Certification In Air Pollution Case

The Georgia Court of Appeals, on July 16, issued its opinion affirming the Effingham County Superior Court’s decision to certify a class consisting of the owners of properties neighboring Georgia-Pacific’s Savannah River...more

7/29/2013 - Air Pollution Class Action Class Certification Negligence Nuisance Property Owners Trespass

Bureau Of Land Management Extends Public Comment Period On Fracking Rule

The federal Bureau of Land Management announced today that it will extend by 60 days the public comment period on its revised proposed rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands....more

6/7/2013 - Bureau of Land Management Fracking Government Land Public Comment

Tier 3 Standards Public Comment Period Extended To July 1, 2013

EPA has extended the public comment period on its proposed Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards from June 13, 2013 to July 1, 2013. ...more

5/31/2013 - EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Public Comment

EPA Finalizes Revisions To Clean Air Standards For Stationary Engines

On January 15, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized revisions to standards to reduce air pollution from stationary engines that generate electricity and power equipment at industrial, agricultural,...more

2/8/2013 - Air Pollution Clean Air Act Electricity EPA RICE

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Clean Water Act Opinion

On January 8, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals, held that “the flow of water from an improved portion of a navigable waterway into an unimproved portion of the...more

1/21/2013 - Clean Water Act Discharge of Pollutants Los Angeles County Flood Control District Permits SCOTUS Storm Water

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Clean Water Act Case

The Supreme Court had oral arguments last Monday (December 3) in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, just after EPA the previous Friday (November 30) surprisingly issued a new rule clarifying that a NPDES permit...more

12/21/2012 - Clean Water Act EPA Logging Mootness SCOTUS

Georgia EPD Proposing New Requirements On New Inert Waste Landfill Operations

Georgia EPD is proposing to require any new inert waste landfill operations to obtain an inert waste landfill solid waste handling permit. It also provides a transition period to allow existing inert waste landfill operations...more

12/14/2012 - Landfill Waste Permits

Georgia Department of Revenue Proposes Conservation Tax Credit Rule Changes

The Georgia Department of Revenue Income is proposing a change to the Tax Division Rule on conservation tax credits. Interested parties seeking to comment on the proposed Rule should review the notice for further guidance....more

12/3/2012 - Conservation Tax Credit

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