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Waste Disposal

California Mining Board to Address Environmental Problems Created by Backfill Regulation Affecting Gold and Other Metallic Mineral...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s State Mining and Geology Board had a busy 2017 with ongoing rulemakings to implement SMARA reform enacted in 2016. The Board’s 2018 will be busy and one to closely watch too, in particular, because the Board...more

Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Administrative Law Judge Recommended Decision: Alleged Cotton Plant, Arkansas...

Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (“Commission”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Charles Moulton issued a December 21st Recommended Decision addressing alleged violations by Tristate Contracting of Brinkley,...more

Hazardous Waste Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Union County, Arkansas Chemical Manufacturing...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and The Chemours Company FC, LLC (“Chemours”) entered into a December 8th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of Arkansas Pollution...more

Covenant Not to Compete/Landfill Gas Services: Federal Court Addresses Request for Preliminary Injunction

Like many service industries, conflicts sometimes arise between competitors in the environmental service industry segments. A federal district court, Western District, North Carolina (“Court”) addressed in a September 29th...more

rPET Recycling: Closed Loop Partners Study Addressing System Interventions to Improve Cost Structure

The Association of Plastic Recyclers noted a study undertaken by Closed Loop Partners that addresses recycling system interventions that could reduce the cost of processing post-consumer PET compared to producing virgin...more

Wastewater Disposal for Craft Brewers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Last month, a local brewery was informed by the Water & Sewer Commission in its town that its wastewater contained more pollutants than was originally anticipated. Then last week, news broke that the brewery and the...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

How Low Can You Go? Proposed Agricultural Waste Discharge Requirements Impose Even More Stringent Demands on Central Valley...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 10, 2017, the California State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) issued the second version of an order to modify agricultural waste discharge requirements (“Proposed Order”), under the Irrigated Lands...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. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training: Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin –...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training publishes an environmental Case Crimes Bulletin (“Bulletin”) that summarizes publicized investigative activity...more

Illinois Governor Signs House Bill 2842 - Take Note: Testimony is Required at an Illinois Pollution Control Facility Siting...

by Clark Hill PLC on

In Illinois, an applicant seeking to construct or expand a pollution control facility, such as a municipal solid waste landfill or transfer station, must seek a first-level approval on the proposed site location from the...more

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission: September 20th Meeting

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Meeting (“ANRC”) will hold its next meeting on September 20th at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the ANRC headquarters at 101 East Capitol Avenue in Little Rock,...more

Coal Ash/Preemption: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Challenge to Municipal Regulation

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (“Court”) addressed whether two Pureto Rican municipalities could prohibit the beneficial use and disposal of coal ash (also known as Coal Combustion Residuals [“CCR”]...more

Michigan Legislature Proposes Bill To Further Regulate TENORM Disposal

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

The Michigan legislature recently introduced Senate Bill 503 to tighten up Michigan’s existing disposal guidelines pertaining to TENORM or Technologically Enhanced, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material. Michigan has...more

Owner Means Owner: Tenth Circuit Finds US Liable Under CERCLA Based on Title in Lands Subject to Unpatented Mining Claims

by WilmerHale on

The Tenth Circuit on July 19, 2017, in Chevron Mining, Inc. v. United States, reversed a decision by the District Court for the District of New Mexico and held that the United States is liable as an “owner” under the...more

China Increases Focus on Electronic Waste

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

As a world leader in the manufacturing of electronic devices, China is beginning to reform its rules and regulations to ensure that the resulting framework is able to keep pace with the rapid developments now taking place in...more

EPA Exploring Revisions to RCRA Waste Handling Regulations for Retailers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") is pursuing plans to address the unique challenges faced by retailers in complying with the waste handling regulations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ("RCRA")....more

New Texas Rule Regarding the Disposal of Fetal Tissue Stayed

by Jackson Walker on

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently issued a final rule implementing updated methods for the disposal of special waste from health care facilities, which includes fetal tissue. As such, the new rule would...more

Pennsylvania’s New Oil and Gas Regulations for Unconventional Wells – Part 2: Recent developments; waste management,...

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Part 1 of this Client Alert provided background on Pennsylvania’s new regulations for unconventional oil and gas wells – published on October 8, 2016 as Chapter 78a (the “Chapter 78a Regulations”) – and highlighted sections...more

California Must Pick Up Stormwater Check

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Local public agencies realized an important victory in a more-than-decade-long, who-should-foot-the-stormwater-bill battle — a battle focused on a permit issued by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to the...more

Regulatory Burdens On Retailers Continue to Evolve

by Snell & Wilmer on

In the run up to the Presidential Election, you may have missed some of the following regulatory developments that might impact your business....more

Wait, How Many Trucks? Ash Pond Closure by Removal

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Utilities around the country have developed preliminary closure plans for surface impoundments storing coal ash, gypsum, and other coal combustion residuals (CCR). Some ash ponds are already in the process of closing. To...more

Law on the transition to a green economy presented in Kazakhstan

by Dentons on

On 1 July 2016, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan On Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the transition of the Republic of Kazakhstan to a “green economy” (hereinafter –...more

The European Commission extends its settlement procedure to abuse of dominance cases under Article 102 TFEU

by White & Case LLP on

The European Commission extends its settlement procedure to abuse of dominance cases under Article 102 TFEU — fine imposed on Altstoff Recycling Austria reduced by 30% in exchange for its co-operation with the Commission...more

CEN Committee Seeks Responses to Survey on Disposal Practices for Manufactured Nano-Objects in Waste

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Under European Commission (EC) funding, the European Committee for Standardization Technical Committee (CEN/TC) 352 — Nanotechnologies is developing guidelines relating to the safe waste management and disposal of...more

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