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Trump Track: Portland Harbor Reset Redux

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Last Thursday, I posted about EPA apparently looking at resetting the approach to the Portland Harbor Superfund site. I believe that the cost associated with the cleanup plan contained in Region 10’s Record of Decision (ROD)...more

Trump Track: EPA Beginning Anew at Portland Harbor Superfund Site?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Although no official pronouncement has been issued, it appears that EPA Headquarters is looking at resetting the scoreboard for the Portland Harbor Superfund site. EPA had already signaled that it would be reviewing...more

How Wrong Does a District Court Have to Be to Abuse Its Discretion?

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a District Court decision allocating 100% of CERCLA response costs at a San Diego Superfund site to TDY Holdings, which operated an aeronautical manufacturing plant from 1939 to...more

Trump Track: EPA/DOJ Funding Split

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

EPA has proposed to end its funding of Superfund enforcement activities by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). In its proposed budget for FY 2018, EPA has cut the nearly $26MM...more

CERCLA Task Force Issues Recommendations Aimed at Improving the Superfund Program

by Clark Hill PLC on

On August 2, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced recommendations aimed at accelerating action on Superfund mega-sites, specifically expediting cleanups and promoting redevelopment and community revitalization. The...more

Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Escapes CERCLA Liability

by PretiFlaherty on

The owners of a shipyard sued a prior owner and the current owner of an adjacent former steel mill property in Baltimore, Maryland for recovery of cleanup costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation,...more

Superfund Reform May Be a Slow Go

As we previously reported, the current administration set out to make Superfund reform a priority. Shortly after taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt convened a task force to provide recommendations for...more

Trump Track: Is Superfund Small Ball Best?

The most active agency in carrying out the Trump agenda in its first year has been the EPA, where there has been a raft of efforts to roll back the regulatory initiatives of the Obama Administration. However, in one area the...more

The Arbitrary and Capricious Standard Remains in the Eye of the Beholder

In a very interesting – and extremely rare – case, Emhart Industries has successfully defended itself against a unilateral administrative order issued by EPA under CERCLA, on the ground that key decisions made by EPA were...more

Trump Track: Federal Environmental Civil Penalties Drop by 60%

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Last week, the Environmental Integrity Project released its report on environmental enforcement during the first six months of the Trump administration. The Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group...more

EPA’s Task Force Recommendations to Revamp and Expedite Superfund Cleanups and Process – A Welcome Change

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

While the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Superfund program under the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act or “CERCLA” has often been dubbed the “Comprehensive Employment and Retirement Lawyers...more

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Three Issues of First Impression for Parties in CERCLA Contribution Actions

by Nossaman LLP on

In Asarco LLC v. Atlantic Richfield Company, No. 14-35723 (9th Cir. Aug. 10, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a published opinion interpreting the statute of limitations for contribution...more

Can a RCRA Settlement Also Be Used as a Basis for a CERCLA Contribution Action?

On August 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided the case of ASARCO LLC v. Atlantic Richfield Company, which involves the ongoing liability to clean up the East Helena Superfund Site, located “in and...more

EPA Task Force Report to Revitalize the Superfund Program

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Businesses and industries across the country which own or have interests in facilities and properties that may come under the broad scope of these new Superfund “Recommendations” will need to stay attuned...more

EPA Task Force Issues Recommendations to Reform Superfund Program

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposed reforms seek to accelerate cleanup and reuse of sites to reduce risks, reduce costs, and hasten redevelopment....more

EPA Issues Recommendations to Streamline Superfund Cleanup Process and Promote Site Reuse

by White & Case LLP on

On July 25, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") Superfund Task Force (the "Task Force") released a report that aims to improve the federal Superfund contaminated site cleanup program. The policies...more

CERCLA Task Force Issues Recommendations

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced a set of Task Force recommendations that are aimed at improving the Superfund program. The Agency’s adoption of these recommendations is another indication that demonstrable...more

Trump Track: Pruitt Moves to Streamline Superfund Process, Accelerate Pace of Cleanups

On May 22, 2017, EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, convened a Superfund Group to examine the existing Superfund process and make recommendations to streamline the process and incentivize parties to accelerate remediation and...more

EPA's Superfund Task Force recommendations: takeaways for those involved in cleanup

by DLA Piper on

EPA's Superfund Task Force has completed a review of the 1,300 Superfund sites across the country and, as directed by EPA Administrator E. Scott Pruitt, made recommendations on how to improve and restructure the cleanup...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 19

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Passes Spending Bill That Includes Over $1 Billion in Border-Wall Funding: The House passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court ruling bolsters bullet train foes - ABC News - Jul 27 - Federal law does not completely preempt application of California’s strict environmental...more

Real Superfund Reform Would Not Place It At the Center of EPA’s Core Mission

Earlier this week, Scott Pruitt released the results of the Superfund Task Force he established in May.  Though skeptical, I was pleased at the creation of the task force and goals he established for it.  With the release of...more

Despite “As Is” Basis, Seller Allocated Liability Under Superfund for Failure to Address Contamination of Property

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

A federal court recently found the City of Fairbanks, Alaska responsible for 55% of the remediation costs necessary to clean up property it used to own because it should have taken action to mitigate the harm or warn the...more

In Task Force Report, the EPA Provides a Glimpse Into the Future of Superfund

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 22, 2017, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the formation of the Superfund Task Force. During his short time at EPA, Administrator Pruitt has emphasized the need to “streamline...more

EPA Updates Due Diligence Standard under Superfund for Large Tracts of Land

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

EPA published notice in the Federal Register on June 20, 2017, updating the “All Appropriate Inquiry Rule” for forestland and rural property. A purchaser or a tenant must demonstrate that it has performed All Appropriate...more

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