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Environmental Case Law Update – 1st Six Months of 2017

On March 21, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. This case concerns the operation and application of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA). ...more

Environmental Regs That Have Been Revoked, Stayed or Postponed by the New Administration

Only a few existing federal environmental rules have been set aside or overturned by the new Administration, and these actions were taken by the Congress in accordance with the special procedures of the Congressional Review...more

Tenth Circuit Finds CERCLA Contribution Claim Not Barred by Bankruptcy Approval of a Settlement Estimating Liability for the Site

Asarco LLC v. Noranda Mining, Inc., 844 F.3d 1201 (10th Cir. 2017). In a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) contribution action, the Tenth Circuit ruled that a mining company, whose...more

Cleaning Up the Cleanup Process? Administration’s Power Shift Increases Uncertainty to Superfund

In May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took several steps that are likely to refocus the Agency’s attention from greenhouse gas emission reductions and other novel uses of existing environmental laws to more...more

A New Budget, a New EPA Administrator, and New Uncertainty for Superfund Cleanups

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

When Scott Pruitt took over the post as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he made it clear that one of his top priorities was to expedite cleanups at contaminated sites across the...more

Torts & Insurance Cases from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Each month, Nexsen Pruet attorney Marc Manos, a member of the SC Bar Torts and Insurance Practice Section Council, sheds light on a few recent cases from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, focused in the area of Torts &...more

Superfund Reform, Part 2: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Last week, I offered less than fulsome praise of EPA Administrator Pruitt’s announcement that he was taking control of remedial decision for big Superfund sites. Now, he’s followed up with a memorandum announcing...more

EPA Centralizes CERCLA Remedy Selection Authority

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt last week issued a memorandum revising the existing delegations of authority related to implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response,...more

D.C. Circuit Strikes Down CERCLA Reporting Exemptions for Animal Feeding Operations

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The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has invalidated EPA’s 2008 rule exempting animal feeding operations (AFOs) from certain federal, state and local hazardous substance reporting...more

EPA Issues New Contaminated Sediments Guidance

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Earlier this year, EPA released revised guidance for remediation of contaminated sediments at sites being addressed by EPA under CERCLA (the “New Sediment Guidance”). The guidance identifies six key clarifications to EPA...more

Scott Pruitt Just Solved All of the Problems with Superfund. Not.

Last week, EPA Administrator Pruitt issued a memorandum requiring that all Superfund remedies estimated to cost at least $50 million be approved by the Administrator. I’m not optimistic that this will cure, or even...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, May 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA - Lynn L. Bergeson, Environmental Quality Management, Winter 2016: On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The law substantially...more

EPA Retracts CERCLA Remedy Selection Authority from Regional Offices for Remedies that Exceed $50 Million

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On May 9, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued two new delegations under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund) that limit to the Administrator (and possibly the...more

Appeals Court Decision Requires Air Emissions Reporting for Animal Waste

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On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit vacated a 2008 EPA rule, which had exempted certain agricultural operations from federal air emission reporting requirements...more

Post-Closure Involvement at Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility Found to be Grounds for “Operator” Liability Under RCRA

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

A North Carolina appeals court has ruled that a company may be an “operator” of a hazardous waste disposal facility under RCRA Subtitle C based solely on post-closure involvement at the site. The case, WASCO LLC v. N.C....more

Federal District Court Declines to Declare that CERCLA Bars Pending State Law Tort Action

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Highlighting the discretion a federal court may exercise to allow a state court to hear state tort claims, a federal district court in Montana dismissed a former smelter operator’s claim for injunctive relief against...more

Fourth Circuit: Plaintiff Cannot Rely on CERCLA Discovery Rule to Save Tort Claims

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Declining to apply CERCLA’s discovery rule to preempt a state statute of limitations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a district court decision to dismiss untimely state tort claims stemming from...more

Federal Court Strikes Down EPA Farm Exemption Reporting Rule

by Barley Snyder on

Farms formerly exempt from certain federal, environmental reporting regulations now will have to go through the reporting process after a federal court decision earlier this month erased the Environmental Protection Agency...more

Federal Court Invalidates Air Reporting Exemption For Large-Scale Livestock Operations

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision vacating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule exempting livestock feeding operations from air reporting requirements...more

D.C. Circuit Strikes Down EPA Reporting Exemptions for Animal Waste

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On April 11, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down an EPA final rule which exempted animal feeding operations from air pollution reporting requirements. Under the 2008 rule, farms did not...more

D.C. Circuit Signals Limits on EPA’s Authority to Reduce Requirements in Existing Environmental Rules: Waterkeeper Alliance v. US...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

As the Trump Administration seeks to re-write many of the nation’s environmental rules, the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, has issued a decision in Waterkeeper Alliance v. US EPA that signals the...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, April 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA - EPA Denies TSCA Section 21 TBBPA Petition: On March 17, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 21 petition submitted by, among others,...more

Client Alert: Federal Court Orders CAFOs to Report Air Emissions

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down a U.S. EPA rule exempting concentrated animal feeding operations (“CAFOs”) from requirements under CERCLA that mandate reporting of releases of...more

Disposal of Contamination = Disposal of Evidence. Be Careful What You Throw Away!

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In a recent unpublished case, the Superior Court of New Jersey held that the Plaintiff in a CERCLA case had committed spoliation when, during the course of the remedial activity, it disposed of various contaminated materials....more

DC Circuit Discusses EPA’s De Minimis Authority To Create Reporting Exemptions

On April 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated thecow-300x234 Environmental Protection Agency’s December 18, 2008 CERCLA/EPCRA Administrative Reporting Exemption for Air Releases of...more

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