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Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Office of Land Resources Update: Kevin White (Deputy Director) Arkansas Environmental...

Mr. Kevin White undertook a presentation at the Arkansas Environmental Federation Convention/Tradeshow titled: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality of Land Resources Update (“Presentation”) ...more

Acquisition/Recycling: Arkansas Company Providing Grease Trap/Used Cooking Oil Recycling Services Acquired by Texas Based Company

Liquid Environmental Solutions (“LES”) announced that it acquired the assets of Value Stream Environmental Services (“VSES”). VSES is described as a privately held Arkansas company providing grease trap services and used...more

Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Announces Report

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) announced the completion of a report titled: Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling (“Study”) ...more

The EHS Manager's Guide to the Pitfalls of HAZMAT Shipping: Cathy Webb (Harbor Environmental) Arkansas Environmental Federation...

Ms. Cathy Webb, MS, CQA, CQE undertook a presentation at the Arkansas Environmental Federation Convention and Tradeshow titled: The EHS Manager’s Guide to: The Pitfalls of HAZMAT Shipping (“Presentation”) ...more

Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2016: NAPCOR/The Association of Plastic Recyclers Report

NAPCOR and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (collectively, “NAPCOR”) issued an October 31, 2017, report titled: Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2016 (“Report”) ...more

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Issues Decision on Definition of Solid Waste

by Blank Rome LLP on

In American Petroleum Institute (“API”) v. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the D.C. Circuit upheld, severed, and vacated portions of a 2015 EPA final rule, Definition of SolidWaste (the “Final Rule”). As explained...more

Catalogue of Solid Waste Forbidden to Import into China: Solid Waste Association of North America October 11th Update to States

The Solid Waste Association of North America (“SWANA”) sent an October 11th “update” to state officials regarding the People’s Republic of China intent to update its Catalogue of Solid Waste Forbidden to Import into China...more

Scrap Metal Theft: 2017 Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit

By: Walter G. Wright Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Download PDF The Arkansas Attorney General (“AAG”) held a 2017 Law Enforcement Summit (“Summit”) on...more

Urban Mining Briefing Reveals Huge Global Potential

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Germany’s increasing shortage of natural resources and the corresponding mounting cost of extracting raw materials signals the need for alternative and innovative ways of collecting and recycling secondary raw...more

When Does Secondary Material Become RCRA Solid Waste?

by Clark Hill PLC on

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals recently granted, in part, industry parties’ challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s final rule defining “solid waste” under the Resource Conservation and...more

Solid Waste Association of North America: Comments on Proposed Updated Catalogue of Solid Waste Forbidden to Import into China

The Solid Waste Association of North America (“SWANA”) on August 31st submitted comments to the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) and the People’s Republic of China in regards to China’s intent to update its Catalogue of Solid...more

Off-Specification Used Oil: July 27th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Interpretive Letter

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) addressed in a July 27th letter various requests regarding off-specification (“Off-Spec”) used oil....more

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Public Notices Emergency Rulemaking: Regulation 36/Used Tire Recycling and...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) on August 31st public noticed an emergency rulemaking undertaken by the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (“Commission”)....more

Differentiating Scrap and Solid Waste: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industry's Comments on Proposed Updated Catalogue of Solid...

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industry (“ISRI”) on August 28th announced it submitted comments to the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) and People’s Republic of China in regards to China’s intent to update its Catalogue of...more

California Businesses Will Have to Stop Landfilling Organic Waste

Pending regulations now being developed by CalRecycle will have a significant impact on persons generating, transporting, recycling and disposing of organic waste in California. These regulations should become final by...more

Corporate Sustainability Efforts on Upswing

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Despite the new administration’s efforts to rollback Obama Era environmental regulations, most businesses in the U.S. are maintaining their commitments to sustainability. According to Lucid’s 2017 Sustainability Outlook...more

California Mandatory Packaging Waste Management Initiative

CalRecycle, the California state agency responsible for solid waste and recycling regulatory programs, estimates that packaging represents about one-quarter of California's total disposal stream. Packaging includes cardboard,...more

D.C. Circuit Court Limits EPA’s Sham Recycling Rule

by Williams Mullen on

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently rejected portions of an EPA rule designed to distinguish true recycling from “sham recycling” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act...more

Less Waste, More Recycling - The D.C. Circuit Cleans Up EPA’s Definition of Solid Waste

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently issued a decision that may be of interest to recyclers and others who generate or handle materials for recycling and reclamation. On July 7, 2017, in American Petroleum...more

Court Tosses RCRA Verified Recycler Exclusion but Retains Balance of Definition of Solid Waste Rule

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found “unreasonable,” and thus threw out, the “verified recycler” exclusion promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its 2015 revisions...more

Court Overturns Much of EPA’s 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Rule

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 7, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dealt EPA another blow to its over-zealous attempts to regulate as hazardous waste the hazardous secondary materials (HSM) that are...more

D.C. Circuit Invalidates Part of the RCRA Definition of “Solid Waste,” Altering the Regulatory Framework for Recycling of...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit” or the “Court”) issued a decision invalidating two key elements of the regulatory definition of solid waste under the Resource...more

D.C. Circuit Vacates Portions of EPA's Definition of Solid Waste Rule

On July 7, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the D.C. Circuit) vacated portions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2015 rule on the Definition of Solid Waste (the...more

DC Court of Appeals Rules on EPA’s Latest Effort to Regulate Recycling of Hazardous Secondary Materials

The first Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ( RCRA) solid waste definitional decision, the celebrated American Mining Congress v. EPA case, was decided exactly 30 years ago, and it reverberates to this day. In...more

D.C. Court of Appeals Vacates Key Criterion for Determining Sham Recycling

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

Ever since the EPA’s 1985 rulemaking on the Definition of Solid Waste, 50 Fed. Reg. 614 (1985), the question of how one distinguishes legitimate recycling from sham recycling has puzzled both regulators and recyclers. The...more

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