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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s That Smell? An Examination of Legal Developments Related to Formaldehyde Products

Is that formaldehyde you smell in your newly floored sunroom? Hopefully, it is not. Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical used in construction and household products, such as cabinets, furniture,...more

Court Orders EPA to Promulgate Air Toxics Standards: A Taste of What’s to Come?

On March 22, 2017, federal Judge Christopher Cooper ordered EPA to promulgate emissions standards for 13 sources of hazardous air pollutants by June 30, 2020. EPA admitted that it missed statutory deadlines to do so; the...more

Tips for Tackling Tier II Trouble

by Williams Mullen on

Companies with hazardous chemical reporting obligations know the significance of March 1. On that date each year, facilities that at any time during the prior year had 10,000 pounds or more of an OSHA hazardous chemical, or...more

EPA Amends CAA 112(r) Risk Management Program

by Williams Mullen on

EPA has published a final rule amending its Clean Air Act (CAA) Risk Management Program (“RMP”) regulations. EPA states the new rule will reduce the likelihood of accidental releases at chemical facilities, improve emergency...more

A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions

Behind the pomp and circumstance of Friday’s inauguration, President Donald J. Trump and his administration set their sights on deploying a new guard of regulatory and economic policies focused on reducing burdensome...more

EPA Risk Management Plan Revisions

On December 21, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the Final Rule revising the EPA’s Chemical Accident Prevention regulations, generally known as the Risk Management Program (RMP). These...more

EPA Accepting Nominations for 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

As previously reported in the BRAG Biobased and Renewable Products Update of October 21, 2016, EPA announced that it has opened nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards (PGCCA). EPA’s strong...more

EPA Adds Vapor Intrusion to Hazard Ranking. Can You Say “Deck Chairs on the Titanic?”

EPA has finally issued a final rule including vapor intrusion in the Hazard Ranking System. The good news is that this is appropriate, because VI is one of the few real hazards regulated by the Superfund program. The bad...more

EPA's New Enforcement Initiative Stumbles Out of the Gate

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As a result of the D.C. Court of Appeals' (COA) ruling on September 26, 2016 invalidating a Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Memorandum, one of the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

New EPA Facility Safety Rule Faces Uncertain Future

by Alston & Bird on

On October 14, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent its final revised facility safety rule to the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for pre-publication review. The rule would update EPA’s Risk...more

EPA Opens Nominations For The 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 18, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has opened nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards (PGCCA). Since 1996, these awards have honored companies...more

“Oh The Times . . . They are A-Changing:” EPA & DOJ Follow Through on Worker Endangerment Initiative

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that four Texas companies agreed to plead guilty to criminal violations of the Clean Air Act at oil and chemical processing facilities, and to collectively...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds Boiler MACT

by Williams Mullen on

If there’s any good news for industry in the recent 162-page decision issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on the Boiler MACT, we can’t find it. The court rejected all challenges by industry...more

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