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EPA Sees New Challenges Ahead for Superfund

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EPA released a four-year “strategic plan” on February 12 that continues to emphasize the Superfund program as one of Administrator Scott Pruitt’s top priorities. While it has been clear since last summer’s Superfund Task...more

Statute of Limitations for Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Property Damages Claims Clarified (And, Possibly, Extended)

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Recently the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that the statute of limitations for a property damage claim brought by a private party under Chapter 21E did not begin to run until that private party knew that the...more

EPA's Fiscal Year 2017 Statistics Reflect Accelerating Decline in Federal Environmental Enforcement

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On February 8, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its environmental enforcement statistics for fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017). Because EPA’s fiscal year ends in September, the newly released statistics...more

Massachusetts Highest Court Clarifies When Claims for Permanent Property Damage Under Chapter 21E Accrue

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Jan. 19, 2018, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision in Grand Manor Condominium Association v. City of Lowell, 2018 WL 473078, which clarified, and some would say "changed," when a claim for...more

Environmental Consultant Documents: Federal District Court Addresses Potential Application of Attorney-Client Privilege/Work...

The United States District Court (Western District of Oklahoma) addressed in a January 11th Order the potential application of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine to certain documents generated by...more

Contaminated Sediment Sites: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Sample CWA/CERCLA Memorandum of Understanding

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has issued a November 21st document related to contaminated sediment sites titled: Sample CWA/CERCLA Memorandum of Understanding for Regions, States, Tribes, and...more

Modernizing the Superfund Cleanup Program: January 18th U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment Hearing...

The Subcommittee on Environment of the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing addressing the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act or Superfund...more

2018 Environmental, Health, and Safety Outlook for Manufacturers

Reduced Regulation - We all know that one of President Trump’s goals is to streamline and minimize regulations. Among other things, Executive Order 13771 indicated that, for every regulation to be passed, two had to be...more

EPA Deletes Several Superfund Sites from the NPL and Targets More in 2018 and Beyond

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt says that expediting cleanups at Superfund sites is one of his top priorities. Since 1980, EPA has had the authority to clean up contaminated sites and...more

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act/Superfund Award: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced in a January 8th news release that it is awarding $71,430 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”). The award is stated to be provided...more

Self-Insurance for Companies with Multiple Cleanup Liabilities Presents Financial and Environmental Risks for EPA and the Public:...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a December 22nd report titled: Self-Insurance for Companies with Multiple Cleanup Liabilities Presents Financial and...more

CERCLA/Superfund Sites Targeted for "Immediate/Intense Action": December 21st U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy...

The Chairman and two Subcommittee Chairmen from the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce (“Committee”) addressed a December 21st letter to Administrator Scott Pruitt of the United States...more

CERCLA/Superfund: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces 21 Sites Targeted for "Immediate/Intense Action"

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a December 8th news release identifying 21 sites that it has targeted for what it describes as “immediate and intense action.” No Arkansas sites are found on...more

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): Will Gruber (Pulaski County) Brownfield Presentation

Harbor Environmental and Pulaski County, Arkansas jointly sponsored a November 15th seminar held in North Little Rock, Arkansas addressing a variety of Arkansas Brownfield issues...more

Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Regulation 30 (Remedial Action Trust Fund Hazardous Substance Site Priority...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) issued a November 28th news release stating that the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (“Commission”) will hold a public hearing on December 4th to...more

Federal Brownfield Legislation: U.S. House of Representatives Passes Amendments

The U.S. House of Representatives (“House”) on November 30th passed amendments that would address the federal Brownfield program. H.R. 3017 is titled the “Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and...more

White County, Arkansas Facility: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Kohler Co. Enter into Elective Site Clean-Up...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Kohler Co. (“Kohler”) entered into an October 23rd Elective Site Clean-Up Agreement (“ESCA”). See LIS 17-096. The ESCA addresses a facility located in Searcy,...more

Restoring Lives and Revitalizing Communities: Josh Fout (Pulaski County) Brownfield Presentation

Harbor Environmental and Pulaski County jointly sponsored a November 15th seminar held in North Little Rock, Arkansas addressing a variety of Arkansas Brownfield issues. Mr. Josh Fout, who serves as Pulaski County...more

Federal Court in California Greenlights Discovery After Sufficient Lone Pine Submissions

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In a case demonstrating the limits of a Lone Pine strategy, a California federal court allowed a toxic tort class action to proceed after plaintiffs’ experts showed that “Plaintiffs’ case is not meritless or frivolous.” The...more

Ohio Natural Resources Damages Claim Dismissed with Prejudice for Failure to Properly Serve Defendant

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Demonstrating the importance of timely service of process in complex environmental cases, a federal court in Ohio dismissed CERCLA natural resource damages claims and related state statutory actions for the state’s failure to...more

Houston Astros Minute Maid Park: Home of the World Series Champions (and a Former Brownfield)

The Houston Astros have an additional distinction besides its World Series win. The Astros Minute Maid Park is on the site of a former 38-acre Brownfield....more

District Court Permits Landowner to Pursue Hazardous Material Dumping Case Against the U.S. Navy

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Illustrating what constitutes sufficient notice to the government of the value of a claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), a Maryland federal court rejected the Navy’s claim that it had insufficient notice of the...more

CT Creates New Brownfields Program, Adopts Brownfields Tax Credit

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Buried in an 881-page budget bill passed Thursday by the Connecticut General Assembly was a new program to support remediation and reuse of brownfields – properties long contaminated and underutilized – as well as new job...more

Ninth Circuit Requires US to Pay Defense Contractor Cleanup Costs

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On October 4, the Ninth Circuit reversed the District Court for the Southern District of California's decision to allocate to a government contractor 100 percent of cleanup costs for hazardous contamination at a manufacturing...more

You have an Environmental Insurance Policy. Do you know what the fine print says?

THINK YOU CAN MAKE A CLAIM ON YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL INSURANCE POLICY? You better read the fine print first. *Due Diligence – The mantra is often repeated - take initiative, be proactive. For a variety of reasons a...more

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