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SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standard: May 15th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Federal Register Notice Announcing...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in a May 15th Federal Register Notice announced the availability of two documents titled: Risk and Exposure Assessment for the Review of the Primary National...more

EPA Memo Outlines Plan for Altering Review Process of Existing Air Quality Regulations

On May 9, 2018, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a memorandum outlining a “back-to-basics” process for reviewing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for criteria...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

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

Air Quality/Arkansas Fire Policy Forum: March 29th-30th – North Little Rock, Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Arkansas Forestry Commission are holding on March 29th-30th in North Little Rock, Arkansas, The Arkansas Fire Policy Forum (“Forum”). The Forum is sponsored by...more

Client Alert: U.S. EPA Issues Policy Intended to Ease Pre-Construction Permitting Requirements for New and Modified Industrial and...

In what is now clear to be a series of policy changes to ease air permitting requirements for industrial and manufacturing facilities, U.S. EPA has issued its second memorandum entitled “Project Emissions Accounting under the...more

The 2018 North Carolina Chamber Environmental Compliance Conference

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The North Carolina Chamber hosted its annual Environmental Compliance Conference on February 1, 2018, in Durham. North Carolina leaders were on hand to provide updates and advice on environmental compliance regarding air,...more

Administration's Infrastructure Plan Supports Reuse of Brownfields and Superfund Sites

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Trump Administration released an ambitious $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on Feb. 12, 2018 – a plan that includes many provisions focused upon encouraging the reuse of contaminated brownfields and Superfund sites. ...more

Arkansas State Implementation Plan (Infrastructure)/Clean Air Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Announces...

The Region 6 Office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in a February 8th news release announced approval of the State of Arkansas’s State Implementation Plan (“SIP”) for administering programs...more

Ozone Nonattainment in Wisconsin

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Just before the holiday break, U.S. EPA announced the potential return to “nonattainment ozone status” for a number of locations in the United States, including portions of eastern and southeastern Wisconsin. After achieving...more

Arkansas State Implementation Plan Revisions/Volatile Organic Compounds: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Public Notices...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a December 21st Federal Register Notice approving a revision to the Arkansas State Implementation Plan which updates the definition of Volatile Organic...more

EPA Will NOT Second-Guess Generators’ Projections of Future Emissions Under the NSR Program

I’ve noted numerous times that the NSR program is incomprehensible gibberish. These are scientific and objective comments. The most recent example of this is the DTE litigation, in which a one-judge minority somehow ended...more

Ozone NAAQS/Clean Air Act: Earthjustice Files Suit Against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Alleging Violation of Ozone...

The environmental organization Earthjustice filed a Federal District Court lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”)...more

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Office of Air Quality Newsletter: Fall 2017 Edition

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) Office of Air Quality publishes a quarterly newsletter (“Newsletter). The Fall 2017 edition was recently published....more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposed Rule to Approve Arkansas Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan: November 20th...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a November 20th Federal Register Notice containing a proposed rule that would approve an Arkansas Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan (“SIP”). See 82 Fed....more

2015 Ground-Level Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Notes State-Wide...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has stated that Arkansas is in attainment state-wide with the 2015 Ground-Level National Ambient Air...more

Big River Steel, LLC (Osceola, Ark.) Title V Permit Challenge: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency October 31st Order Denying...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator issued an October 31st Order responding to a 2013 Petition from Nucor Steel – Arkansas and Nucor-Yamato Steel Company (collectively, “Nucor”) objecting...more

Draft FY 2018 – 2022 EPA Strategic Plan: October 31st Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies Comments

The Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (“AAPCA”) submitted October 31st comments on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Draft FY 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan (“Plan”). EPA states the Plan...more

Sometimes Guidance Actually Provides Guidance

As regular readers know, the tension between guidance and regulation is one of my favorite topics. My view is that, in general, guidance is too often used simply to avoid notice and comment rulemaking and that, once issued,...more

Arkansas' 1-hr SO2 Saga!!: Stuart Spencer (Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality) Association of Air Pollution Control...

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) Associate Director, Office of Air Quality, Stuart Spencer, undertook a presentation at the 2017 Fall Business Meeting of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies...more

Clean Air Act: Maryland Attorney General Federal District Lawsuit Alleging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Failure to Act on...

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (“AG”) filed a Complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland alleging a violation of the Clean Air Act by the United States Environmental Protection Agency...more

Arkansas State Implementation Plan Revisions/Minor New Source Review: September 18th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Federal...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a September 18th Federal Register Notice proposing approval of revisions to the Arkansas State Implementation Plan (“SIP”) which modify the Chapter 4 Minor...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms EPA/Sierra Club Consent Decree Extending CAA Deadline

On August 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided the case of Sierra Club, et al., v. State of North Dakota, et al., a Clean Air Act (CAA) Citizen lawsuit. The Ninth Circuit affirmed, in a 2-1 ruling, the...more

What’s a Court to Do When EPA Misses a Statutory Deadline?

Earlier this week, a divided 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed entry of a consent decree between the Sierra Club and EPA, resolving litigation over EPA’s failure to promulgate attainment designations for the sulfur...more

Seven Months into the Trump Administration, Outlook of Controversial Obama-Era Ozone Standard Remains Hazy

by Snell & Wilmer on

The status of a controversial rule establishing more stringent ambient air quality standards for ozone—promulgated by former President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—remains unclear following a series of...more

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