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EPA Task Force Report to Revitalize the Superfund Program

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Businesses and industries across the country which own or have interests in facilities and properties that may come under the broad scope of these new Superfund “Recommendations” will need to stay attuned...more

The King’s Time Is Up: Arizona Supreme Court Holds That the Statute of Repose Bars Untimely Claims by State Entities and Overrides...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

City of Phoenix v. Glenayre Elecs., Inc., 2017 Ariz. LEXIS 121 (Ariz. May 10, 2017) - Between 1960 and 2000, Carlos Tarazon (“Tarazon”) performed work installing and repairing water piping for various contractors and...more

Court Tosses RCRA Verified Recycler Exclusion but Retains Balance of Definition of Solid Waste Rule

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found “unreasonable,” and thus threw out, the “verified recycler” exclusion promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its 2015 revisions...more

D.C. Circuit Vacates Portions of EPA's Definition of Solid Waste Rule

On July 7, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the D.C. Circuit) vacated portions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2015 rule on the Definition of Solid Waste (the...more

At the One-Year Mark, the EPA’s Existing Chemical Review Process is Taking Shape: What Does That Mean for Your Business?

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a series of actions implementing its new authority to review the safety of chemicals already in U.S. commerce under the recently amended Toxic...more

Another Oil Field Contamination Plaintiff Waits Too Long

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Suggestions to Texas lessors after ExxonMobil v. Lazy R Ranch, et al: Claiming that you were not aware of contamination from oil spills you’ve know about for 20 years is a tough sell, and suing your long-time lessee for...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2017

by DLA Piper on

"Pink slime" case settles. Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and ABC News have announced the confidential settlement of a defamation case the company had filed against the network and correspondent Jim Avila over a series of news...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA, and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - July 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the latest FAA reauthorization bills, the Department of Homeland Security’s enhanced aviation security measures, the DOT Inspector General’s audit...more

OSHA Releases PSM Guidance for Explosives and Pyrotechnics Manufacturing and for Storage Facilities

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New OSHA guidance documents may provide employers in these industries with another tool for carefully measuring compliance with the PSM standards....more

NTSB Publishes Two Rules Governing Agency Investigative Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on June 29, 2017, published a final rule covering 49 C.F.R. 831 subparts A-D and an interim final rule for 49 C.F.R. 831 subpart E, both of which are effective July 31, 2017...more

Natural Gas Pipeline and Underground Storage: Recent Developments in Pipeline Safety

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This Client Alert notes two recent updates in the area of natural gas pipeline and underground natural gas storage safety. Latham & Watkins will continue to provide updates as additional events unfold in this area of rapid...more

OSHA Seeks Feedback on Proposal to Revoke Certain Provisions of Beryllium Rule Applicable to the Construction and Shipyard Sectors

by Littler on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reconsidering portions of a final rule setting standards for occupational exposure to beryllium. The rule, published January 9, 2017, was initially set to take...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

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

New York Court Holds General Liability Insurer Has Duty to Defend Odor Claim

In its recent decision in Hillcrest Coatings, Inc. v. Colony Ins. Co., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 4519 (N.Y. 4th Dep’t June 9, 2017), the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, had occasion to...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

Dry Cleaner Who Contaminated Neighbour’s Property Ordered To Pay Significant Damages

In Huang v. Fraser Hillary’s Limited the plaintiff, a property owner, brought an action against his neighbour, Fraser Hillary’s Limited (“FHL”), a dry cleaning business, and David Hillary (“Hillary”) the owner of a...more

The Cost of Maine VRAP Protection to Increase

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The cost to obtain liability protection under Maine’s very popular Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP) will soon increase. Effective January 1, 2018, the cost of Maine DEP assistance in reviewing a voluntary response...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

Oregon OSHA Issues Proposed Changes to Regulations Regarding Occupational Exposure to Beryllium in General Industry, Construction,...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In response to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s adoption of revised beryllium exposure standards, Oregon OSHA has proposed to adopt the federal OSHA final rules, with minor modifications that would...more

OSHA Issues Chemical Process Safety Management Reports For Small Businesses And Storage Facilities

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued two reports on the safe management of hazards by small businesses and storage facilities that use highly hazardous chemicals in business processes. In 1994,...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

U.S. District Court Finds EPA Erred in Approving Pesticides Known To Impact Endangered Species

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 8, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted, in part, a motion for summary judgment brought by plaintiffs in a suit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”)...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - May 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the FAA’s regulatory reform review, the FAA’s and PHMSA’s increases in civil penalty amounts, recent amendments of hazardous materials regulations, the...more

Oil Field Contamination Award Upheld

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Forest Oil Corporation v. El Rucio Land and Cattle Inc. et al deserves your attention for four reasons: You won’t see another one involving damage to a rhinoceros pen...more

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