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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an agency of the United States federal government established in 1970 at the proposal of President Richard Nixon to combat environmental degradation and protect human health. As part of its mission, the EPA enforces regulations affecting a variety of environmental issues, including air and water quality, pesticide-use, fuel economy standards, and nuclear contamination.  less -

Proposed Federal Philadelphia Energy Solutions Consent Decree: March 26th Petroleum Motor Fuel Trade Association's Objections

By: Walter G. Wright Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Download PDF Three national trade associations filed with the United States Department of Justice...more

EPA's TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory Identifies Newly Designated “Active” Chemicals

The U.S. EPA has released the updated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Substance Inventory (Inventory), which identifies non-confidential chemical substances designated as “active” in U.S. commerce. The April 2018...more

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: April 19, 2018

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

USAgNet discussed industry groups request for new beef labeling requirements. The Houston Chronicle reported on a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill that would remove certain rules on EPA pesticide review....more

Nitrogen Dioxide/National Ambient Air Quality Standard: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency April 18th Federal Register Notice...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published an April 18th Federal Register Notice addressing the National Ambient Air Quality Standard ("NAAQS") for Nitrogen Dioxide(“NO2”). See 83 Fed. Reg....more

Tenants Gain Broader Liability Protection Under CERCLA

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Buried in the 800-plus pages of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, is a change broadening the bona fide prospective purchaser (BFPP) defense for tenants under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2018

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FERC Initiates Sweeping Reform of Ratemaking Treatment for Income Taxes - On March 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a series of issuances intended to address the need to reflect the lower...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Withdrawal of "Once In, Always In" Policy: California Attorney General D.C. Circuit Court of...

The California Attorney General filed an April 10th Petition for Review (“Petition”) in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging a recently issued United States Environmental...more

Fourth Circuit Expands Citizen Suits Under the Clean Water Act; Finds Potential Liability for Discharges Through Groundwater

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A recent 2-1 decision from the Fourth Circuit has expanded potential liability under the Clean Water Act (“CWA” or the “Act”): — The Fourth Circuit became the second appellate court in as many months to adopt the “conduit”...more

Another Ruling that Discharges to Groundwater May Be Subject to the Clean Water Act

Last week, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals – not the most liberal court in the land – joined the 9th Circuit in ruling that discharges from a point source to groundwater can be subject to the Clean Water Act. The decisions...more

EPA’s Formaldehyde Standards: Compliance Date Moved Up to June 1, 2018

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June 1, 2018 will be the initial compliance date for most companies in the composite wood product industry that are subject to EPA’s Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products (the Standards). On April 4,...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, April 2018

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TSCA/FIFRA/TRI - EPA Issues Draft Guidance On Expanded Access To Confidential Business Information: On March 16, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released three draft guidance documents for public...more

New Presidential Memorandum for Administrator of EPA on Accelerating NAAQS Review and Regional Haze Program

Accelerating air permitting decisions will be very helpful to almost everyone in business. An important Presidential environmental policy memorandum dated April 12, 2018 directing the Administrator of the Environmental...more

United States/Missouri Consent Agreement Requiring Doe Run Resources Corporation Cleanup of Missouri Lead-Contaminated Residential...

The United States and Missouri executed a Consent Decree (“CD”) with Doe Run Resources Corporation (“DRRC”) requiring the remediation of more than 4,000 lead-contaminated residential properties near the Big River Mine...more

Illinois River Watershed Model: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 6) Announces Completion

The Region 6 Office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced in an April 16th news release the completion of the Illinois River Watershed Basin and Lake Tenkiller Models. EPA states it has...more

Illinois Appellate Court Finds Breach of Duty to Defend When Insurer Reserved Rights to Challenge Insured’s Decision to Settle...

Rogers Cartage Co. v. Travelers Indem. Co.¸ 2018 IL App. 160098 (5th Dist. 2018), arose from underlying litigation involving environmental contamination and cleanup at two United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Funding Availability

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced the availability of funding through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. EPA states that funding could be available to provide as much as...more

Fourth Circuit Joins Ninth In Holding That “Indirect” Discharges May Violate the CWA

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On April 12, the Fourth Circuit became the second federal court of appeals this year to hold that a point source need not directly introduce pollutants into navigable waters in order for the Clean Water Act’s (CWA)...more

EPA Seeks Comment on Draft Interim Science Policy to Reduce Animal Testing for Skin Sensitization

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On April 10, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of a draft Science Policy document intended to reduce the use of animals in testing chemicals to evaluate whether they cause an...more

The Boom Shift - Chemical Plant Explosion Claims and the Possible Adoption of Corporate Regulation Where Government Regulation is...

by Zelle LLP on

On the morning of March 15, 2018, a large explosion erupted at the Tri-Chem Industries chemical plant in Cresson, Texas, approximately 25 miles southwest of Fort Worth. The explosion left two workers badly injured and another...more

Client Alert: Court Puts U.S. EPA, Lake Erie Impairment on the Clock

Judge James J. Carr of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio issued a decision today putting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the clock to decide in the next 30 days whether or...more

EPA Rolls Back Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Auto Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Trump Administration has taken steps to roll back Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions standards applicable to most automobiles in the United States. On April 2nd Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - April 2018 #2

U.S. Agencies Agree to Slash Approval Times for Infrastructure Projects - "More than a dozen federal agencies agreed to slash the time needed for environmental reviews and permitting on major infrastructure projects, a...more

Smokestack Emissions Testing and Reporting: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General April 10th Project...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued an April 10th Project Notification that it plans to: . . . begin preliminary research for an audit of the EPA’s oversight...more

EPA Announces Safer Choice Partner & Stakeholder Summit 2018

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On April 11, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the third Safer Choice Partner & Stakeholder Summit 2018 in a Federal Register notice. ...more

Open Letter From Iowan Biofuel Producers Urges Protection Of RFS

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On April 6, 2018, a coalition of biofuel producers wrote to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) urging them to reach out to President Trump to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. EPA,...more

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