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Environmental Notes - March 2018

by Williams Mullen on

Since 1995, EPA has followed a policy that any air emissions source that emits one or more hazardous air pollutants (“HAPs”) above major source emissions thresholds is always considered a major source of HAPs. This is so even...more

Strange But True: Recent EPA and State Actions Show Breadth of Environmental Enforcement

by Williams Mullen on

A trilogy of recent federal and state enforcement actions show just how far agencies will go to enforce environmental regulations. Now may be a good time for a compliance audit....more

USEPA Withdraws “Once In Always In” VOC Air Quality Policy

On January 25, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) issued guidance withdrawing the “once in always in” policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants (“HAPs”) under section 112...more

EPA Tosses Out the “Once In, Always In” Policy For Major Sources of Hazardous Air Pollutants

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On January 25, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew its longstanding but controversial “once in, always in” policy that a “major source” of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) was forever locked into “major...more

EPA Withdraws “Once In Always In” Policy For Major HAP Sources

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In another example of business-friendly regulatory agency actions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has just rescinded the “Seitz Memo” associated with the “Once In, Always In” policy affecting the...more

EPA's "Once In, Always In" Policy Is Tossed Out

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On January 25, 2018, EPA announced that it was withdrawing its “once in, always in” policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act. Under its new...more

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality – Implementing Environmental Policies and Regulations: Stuart Spencer (Associate...

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) Associate Director (Office of Air Quality) Stuart Spencer undertook a January 24th presentation to my University of Arkansas Law School Environmental Law class titled: ...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

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

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'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

“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

Environmental Notes - August 2016

by Williams Mullen on

Time to Pay More: EPA Increases Maximum Civil Penalties - Remember the days when the maximum civil penalty EPA could assess for a violation of environmental law was $25,000 per day? Those days disappeared 26 years ago...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects CERCLA Liability for Air Emissions

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Do air emissions of hazardous substances create a cleanup liability under the Superfund? In the closely watched case of Pakootas, et al. v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd., the Ninth Circuit said, “no,” becoming the highest court...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2016 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - State Supreme Court rules in state’s favor on Delta property rights - Sacramento Bee - Jul 21 - The California Supreme Court ruled last Thursday that the state has the right to...more

An Air of Change in CERCLA Liability? Pakootas v. Teck Cominco and CERCLA’s Federal Permit Shield

by K&L Gates LLP on

A case recently argued before the Ninth Circuit, Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd., 9th Cir., No. 15-35228, could pave the way for a new theory of liability for parties who release air emissions during the course of...more

Feds Crack Down on Unsafe Asbestos Removal

by Howard Ankin on

The unsafe removal of asbestos by unprotected workers poses a huge health and safety risk in today’s workplace. Although asbestos is known to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, it is not banned and continues to pose dangers...more

EPA Proposes Significant Expansions of Its Risk Management/Accidental Release Prevention Program

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On March 14, 2016, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed revisionsto the Risk Management Program (RMP) (also known as Accidental Release Prevention) rule at 40 CFR Part 68, under Section 112(r) of the...more

Proposed Rule Adding Vapor Intrusion Component to Hazard Ranking System Published in the Federal Register Today

Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule in the Federal Register which would add a vapor intrusion component to the Hazard Ranking System, the system EPA uses to evaluate sites for...more

Risky Business: EPA Plans Enhanced Enforcement Focus on Chemical Safety

EPA has made reducing the risk of accidental releases of hazardous chemicals at industrial and chemical facilities one of its top enforcement priorities for 2017 to 2019. This increased enforcement focus on industrial...more

EPA Poised to Elevate Clean Air Act 112(r) Enforcement

by King & Spalding on

Overview - In the wake of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent $5.6 million settlement with Bayer CropScience under Clean Air Act Section 112(r), companies should expect more from EPA in the...more

Supreme Court Tells EPA Cost Does Matter

by Lewitt Hackman on

The Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) placed national limits on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. The agency projected MATS to prevent 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700...more

RMP and General Duty Clause Enforcement Continues at EPA Region 1

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

As we reported last year, the U.S. EPA has stepped up its enforcement activity under the risk management provisions of the Clean Air Act (“CAA”), Section 112(r), focusing on both the Risk Management Plan (“RMP”) program rules...more

Supreme Court: EPA Must Consider Costs in Power Plant Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Michigan v. EPA, reversing a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and holding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must consider...more

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