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Hardrock Mining Rule: An Industry Win, Environmental Groups Gear Up for Litigation

by Perkins Coie on

The Environmental Protection Agency announced, in a 121-page prepublication decision on December 1, 2017, that it will not issue final regulations under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation...more

EPA Declines To Issue CERCLA Financial Responsibility Rules For Hardrock Mining Industry But Leaves Open What It Might Do For...

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly referred to as Superfund, was enacted in December 1980, and Section 108(b) provides that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shall...more

Environmental Protection Agency Will Not Pursue Financial Assurance Rule for Hardrock Mining

by WilmerHale on

On December 1, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will not promulgate a final rule requiring hardrock mining facilities (i.e., facilities for the extraction, beneficiation, and processing of metals...more

EPA Reverses Course; Declines to Impose CERCLA Financial Responsibility Rules on the Hardrock Mining Industry

by Snell & Wilmer on

In a stunning change of course, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced on December 1, 2017, that it would not issue final regulations imposing financial responsibility requirements on hardrock mining...more

EPA Determines No Need For Additional Superfund Financial Responsibility Rules For Hardrock Mining Industry

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will not issue a final rule for the Obama-era’s proposed regulations for financial responsibility requirements for certain hardrock mining...more

Top 10 Questions to Consider If Sued Under RCRA’s Citizen Suit Provisions

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

No longer only a tool of public interest groups, an ever expanding group of plaintiffs – including commercial plaintiffs – are using the citizen suit provision of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”), 42 U.S.C....more

A Win For The Mining Industry: EPA Declines To Impose CERCLA 108(b) Financial Responsibility Requirements

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On December 1, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a pre-publication version of a final rule determining that imposing CERCLA 108(b) financial responsibility requirements on the hardrock mining...more

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA - EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Guidance For Pesticide Registrants On Notifications, Non-notifications, And Minor Formulation Amendments: On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Animal Waste Emissions from Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA, under the guns of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

by Ruder Ware on

Introduction - Let me be Captain Obvious here. When the title is that long, the topic, including its context and history, is convoluted. Let’s start at the end, work our way toward the beginning, and come full circle. On...more

New EPA air emissions reporting requirements start Nov. 15

by Varnum LLP on

Beginning Nov. 15, many livestock farms releasing hazardous substances to the air from animal waste are required to begin reporting air emissions. In 2008, the EPA finalized a rule exempting almost all livestock farms from...more

Client Alert: CAFOs: Protect Against Future Liability; Make Continuous Release Report on November 15

On November 15, the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that invalidated the U.S. EPA’s rule exempting hog, chicken, dairy cow and other concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from reporting air...more

EPA Issues Final Report re: Development of Domestic Energy Resources

In compliance with the March 28, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (EO 13783), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its Final Report on Review of Agency...more

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA/TRI - EPA Schedules PPDC Meeting: On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the scheduling of a Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) meeting for November 1-2, 2017. 82...more

Trump Track: EPA Beginning Anew at Portland Harbor Superfund Site?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Although no official pronouncement has been issued, it appears that EPA Headquarters is looking at resetting the scoreboard for the Portland Harbor Superfund site. EPA had already signaled that it would be reviewing...more

CERCLA Task Force Issues Recommendations Aimed at Improving the Superfund Program

by Clark Hill PLC on

On August 2, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced recommendations aimed at accelerating action on Superfund mega-sites, specifically expediting cleanups and promoting redevelopment and community revitalization. The...more

Hurricane Irma Client Alert: Addressing Environmental Releases and Obligations

by Morgan Lewis on

As the cleanup begins in Florida, companies face challenges in meeting existing environmental obligations and addressing the environmental impacts of the storm....more

Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Escapes CERCLA Liability

by PretiFlaherty on

The owners of a shipyard sued a prior owner and the current owner of an adjacent former steel mill property in Baltimore, Maryland for recovery of cleanup costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation,...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Settling a Non-CERCLA Environmental Claim Can Trigger the Time-Period to Bring a CERCLA Contribution Claim

by Lane Powell PC on

Under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) a responsible party that settles with the government via a consent decree to cleanup or pay for remediation has three years to...more

Hurricane Harvey Client Alert: Addressing Environmental Releases and Obligations

by Morgan Lewis on

As the cleanup begins, companies face challenges in meeting existing environmental obligations and addressing the environmental impacts of the storm....more

Trump Track: Is Superfund Small Ball Best?

The most active agency in carrying out the Trump agenda in its first year has been the EPA, where there has been a raft of efforts to roll back the regulatory initiatives of the Obama Administration. However, in one area the...more

The Arbitrary and Capricious Standard Remains in the Eye of the Beholder

In a very interesting – and extremely rare – case, Emhart Industries has successfully defended itself against a unilateral administrative order issued by EPA under CERCLA, on the ground that key decisions made by EPA were...more

United States Liable as an Owner Under CERCLA for Contamination on Navajo Reservation Land

by Snell & Wilmer on

Last week, a United States District Court in Arizona held that the United States was an “owner” of Navajo Reservation Trust Land for purposes of CERCLA liability. See El Paso Nat. Gas Co. v. United States, 2017 WL 3492993 (D....more

EPA’s Task Force Recommendations to Revamp and Expedite Superfund Cleanups and Process – A Welcome Change

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

While the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Superfund program under the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act or “CERCLA” has often been dubbed the “Comprehensive Employment and Retirement Lawyers...more

Ninth Circuit Addresses Finality Requirements for CERCLA Contribution Actions

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals revived a contribution action under CERCLA, and in the course of ruling, it addressed three issues of first impression in the Circuit regarding contribution litigation under CERCLA. Asarco,...more

EPA Task Force Issues Recommendations to Reform Superfund Program

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposed reforms seek to accelerate cleanup and reuse of sites to reduce risks, reduce costs, and hasten redevelopment....more

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