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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an agency of the United States federal government established in 1970 at the proposal of President Richard Nixon to combat environmental degradation and protect human... more +
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an agency of the United States federal government established in 1970 at the proposal of President Richard Nixon to combat environmental degradation and protect human health. As part of its mission, the EPA enforces regulations affecting a variety of environmental issues, including air and water quality, pesticide-use, fuel economy standards, and nuclear contamination.  less -

Biofuel Mandates Escape Current EPA Scrutiny

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a regulatory program administered by EPA that requires petroleum-based transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to contain a minimum volume of various categories of biofuels. The program’s...more

New Trump Appointee at EPA Should Help Reduce Backlogs and Delays

by Snell & Wilmer on

United States EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has hired Henry Darwin to serve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as its Chief of Operations. Under both Republican and Democrat administrations, as the Director of the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump administration backs away from fight over California's power to set automobile emission standards - Los Angeles Times - Jun 15 - The Trump administration is backing off its...more

DOJ Ban Pushes Third Parties to the Periphery - A new restriction on settlement payments could limit role of Supplemental...

A one-page memorandum from Attorney General Jeff Sessions could cause significant changes to how settling defendants can use supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) in settling Department of Justice (DOJ) environmental...more

EPA Releases Final Test Guideline for Performance Against Bed Bugs

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 14, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of a final test guideline, Laboratory Product Performance Testing Methods for Bed Bug Pesticide...more

Some Will Always Have Paris: Withdrawal from the Climate Change Accord May Not Reduce the Heat on the Health Care Industry

President Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement—an international, nonbinding agreement to take steps to limit global temperature rise—followed a series of moves at the...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

Timeline for Implementation of Pesticide Applicators Rule Lengthened by the EPA

by Varnum LLP on

On May 11, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a 12-month extension on the implementation of the revised final Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators Rule. The extension is meant to provide states and...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 13

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Internal House GOP Budget Feud Threatens Agenda: House GOP efforts to write a fiscal 2018 budget are deadlocked amid Republican infighting, a divide that threatens to undermine President Donald Trump’s agenda by stalling tax...more

United States Announces Intent to Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord: What is the Real Impact?

by K&L Gates LLP on

On June 1, President Trump declared that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord (the “Agreement”). His announcement, though not unexpected, raises a host of questions on several legal, technical,...more

EPA Delays Effective Date of RMP Rule Amendments, Environmental Groups File Challenge

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On June 14, 2017, EPA published a final rule in the Federal Register delaying the effective date of its Risk Management Program (RMP) rule amendment package for twenty months, until February 19, 2019. EPA’s decision was...more

EPA Awards Green Chemistry Challenge Winners

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the 2017 Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the 21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering...more

EPA Risk Management Program (RMP) Facility Safety Rule Delayed Until Feb. 2019

by Alston & Bird on

The effective date of EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) Facility Safety Rule has been delayed from June 19, 2017 to February 19, 2019. EPA issued a Final Rule on June 9 explaining that the 20-month delay will “allow EPA to...more

State Attorneys General Warn the EPA of Legal Action Should Obama-Era Fuel Economy Standards Get Rolled Back

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Even as the Trump administration is calling into question whether it will remain committed to Obama-era fuel economy and emissions targets, state governments are stepping up to enforce those same targets....more

DOJ to No Longer Allow Settlements to Include Contributions to Third Parties, Thereby Threatening the Future of SEPs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Attorney General has directed the Department of Justice to no longer allow payments to third parties as part of resolving federal cases. For environmental cases, this prohibition could...more

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Join the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health on June 27, 2017, for a day-long conference exploring the federal government’s implementation of the...more

To Disclose or Not to Disclose? D.C. Circuit Resolves Clash Between FOIA’s Exemption 4 and Section 308 of the Clean Water Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently issued a significant decision addressing the interplay between a confidentiality provision in the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), known as “Exemption 4,” and a...more

California Holds Fast to GHG Reduction in the Face of the Trump Administration

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, brought with it levels of angst and concern not felt for some time within the environmental community. While some welcome the...more

Updated U.S. Civil Penalties Raise the Cost of Noncompliance

In 2016, we let you know about the redundantly titled “Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015,” which required that heads of government agencies adjust civil penalties yearly to account for...more

Beware Environmental Regulations Lurking in Local Codes – Such as the Wellhead Protection Program

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Most companies know that the environmental impacts of their operations are regulated by the federal government (primarily the US Environmental Protection Agency) and various state governments (in Oregon, primarily the Oregon...more

EPA Delivers on Promise to Delay Risk Management Plant Requirements for Chemical Plants and Refineries

On June 12, 2017, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced another extension to the effective date of the Obama-era rule amending federal Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements for...more

Superfund Changes Afoot

Since taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has made it clear that he intends to focus on—and overhaul—the Superfund program. Calling the program “at the center of the Agency’s core mission”, Pruitt has put in place...more

The Yanomami Model for Superfund

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In a recent editorial, the Wall Street Journal celebrates the new priorities being set by Scott Pruitt’s EPA. Mr. Pruitt, in the Journal’s opinion, is properly elevating the “more immediate” problem of Superfund sites over...more

U.S. EPA Delays Effectiveness of Obama Era Chemical Safety Regulation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last week Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a final rule to further delay the effective date of EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) Amendments an additional 20 months to allow the agency to conduct a...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California, six other states challenge EPA over farm pesticide - San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 9 - Attorneys General of California and six other states, in an administrative...more

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