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EPA Memo Signals Plant Improvement Opportunities

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A policy memorandum issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) during December 2017 clarifies how the agency will apply and enforce certain facets of the New Source Review regulations following a pair of...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2018 #2

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Focus - Brown administration working to scale down $17 billion Delta tunnels project - The Mercury News - Jan 12 Faced with a shortage of money and political support after seven years of work, Governor Jerry Brown’s...more

Nutrient Criteria/Clean Water Act: Ozark Waters Article Notes Missouri Clean Water Commission Adoption

The January edition of the Ozarks Water Watch publication Ozark Waters references the recent adoption by the Missouri Clean Water Commission (“Commission”) of Clean Water Act nutrient criteria for Missouri lakes and streams....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2018

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Focus - Trump administration moves to expand oil and gas drilling off U.S. coasts - Los Angeles Times - Jan 4 The Trump administration, inviting a political backlash from coastal state leaders, on Thursday proposed to...more

Mobile Sources (Title II)/Air Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Curtiss, Wisconsin Refrigeration Transport...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Abbyland Trucking, Inc. (“ATI”) entered into a December 21, 2017, Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) addressing alleged violations of Section 203(a)(3)(A)...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #5

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Focus - U.S. EPA officials are leaving in droves - The New York Times - Dec 22 More than 700 employees have left the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since President Trump took office, a wave of departures...more

Arkansas Regional Haze State Implementation Plan Revision: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Notice of Data...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) recently announced three items in regards to its previously proposed (October 31st) revision to the Arkansas Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (“SIP”)...more

National Study of Nutrient Removal and Secondary Technologies/Publicly Owned Treatment Works Screener Questionnaire: U.S....

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a December 29th Federal Register notice of an Information Collection Request (“ICR”). See 82 Fed. Reg. 61756....more

Toxics Release Inventory/Community Right-To-Know: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Final Rule Adopting 2017 North American...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a December 26th Federal Register notice adopting a final rule addressing Section 313 of the Emergency Plan and Community Right-To-Know Act (“EPCRA”) Toxics...more

Section 311/Clean Water Act Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Company Enter into Consent...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and HollyFrontier Transportation LLC (“HT”) entered into a December 8th Combined Complaint and Consent Agreement (“CA”) addressing an alleged violation of Section 311...more

Shareholder Activism on Climate Is Only Going to Increase

While EPA continues to go backwards on climate, evidence continues to mount that investors are only going to get more aggressive. There were two developments worth noting this month. First, Bloomberg Markets reported that...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #4

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Focus - Trump administration halts study of offshore oil inspections - ABC News - Dec 21 The Trump administration has halted an independent scientific study of offshore oil inspections by the Bureau of Safety and...more

Lead and Copper Rule/Drinking Water: December 14th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Letter Seeking Input on Potential...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Water is circulating a December 14th letter to stakeholders seeking input on potential revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (“LCR”). EPA’s letter states...more

Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions: Projected U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Activities

The Trump Administration released the Fall edition of the semi-annual Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and the Regulatory Plan (“Plan”). Federal agencies twice a year produce in combination a...more

Storm Water Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and El Dorado, Arkansas Petroleum Products Distribution...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and RelaDyne HOC (“RH”) entered into a December 4th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of the Clean Water Act National Pollution...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6: Ms. Anne Idsal Appointed Regional Administrator

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced on December 11th that Ms. Anne Idsal has been appointed Regional Administrator for Region 6. Ms. Idsal has served since 2015 as Chief Clerk and Deputy...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #3

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Focus - Trump to open the door for oil drilling off U.S.’s East Coast - Bloomberg - Dec 11 The Trump administration is preparing to unveil an expansive offshore oil plan that would open the door to selling new drilling...more

Underground Storage Tanks: Petroleum Marketers Association of America Requests that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Delay...

The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (“PMAA”) sent a December 15th letter to United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator Scott Pruitt asking that the federal underground storage tank (“UST”)...more

Toxic Substances Control Act:/Environmental Council of the States Comments: Chemical Data Reporting/Requirements for Inorganic...

The Environmental Council of the States (“ECOS”) submitted December 11th comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) on: Chemical Data Reporting: Requirements for Inorganic Byproduct Chemical...more

Regional Haze: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Approval of Louisiana State Implementation Plan

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a December 15th news release announcing approval of the State of Louisiana’s Clean Air Act Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (“SIP”). ...more

Formaldehyde Rule: Sierra Club Files Federal District Court Lawsuit Challenging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Compliance...

Earthjustice filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of Sierra Club and A Community Voice – Louisiana (collectively “Sierra Club”) challenging a United States...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Hot Springs, Arkansas Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Westwood Village Sewer Facilities Board (“Board”) entered into an October 23rd Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean Water...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2017

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Environmental Citizen Suits—A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration - In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the...more

New Source Review/Clean Air Act: December 7th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Memorandum Addressing...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator E. Scott Pruitt issued a December 7th guidance memorandum titled: New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting Requirements: Enforceability and Use of...more

Funding/Clean Air Act: National Association of Clean Air Agencies December 5th Recommendation to Senate and House Appropriations...

The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (“NACAA”) submitted a December 5th letter to the Chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees in regards to the Omnibus Appropriation Bill for...more

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