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Clean Power Plan Published; Appeals Period Begins
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register Friday, triggering a 60-day appeals period. Petitioners will have until December 22, 2015, to file appeals of the Clean Power Plan in the U.S... Read More

Environmental Protection Agency Modifies Air Quality Standards for Ozone
Posted on 12 Oct 2015 by Troutman Sanders

On October 1, 2015 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) adopted a more stringent air quality standard for ground-level ozone emissions that reduces the national standard from 75 parts per billion (“ppb”) to... Read More

EPA Announces Schedule to Develop Natural Gas Wastewater Standards
Posted on 21 Oct 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Announcement is part of administration's priority to ensure natural gas development continues safely and responsibly WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a schedule to develop standards for wastewater discharges... Read More

Federal Court Rejects USEPA’s Attempt to Limit Summit Ruling to Sixth Circuit
Posted on 17 Jul 2014 by Babst Calland

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has vacated a USEPA memorandum aimed at limiting the reach of S ummit Petroleum Corp. v. USEPA , (6th Cir. Aug 7, 2012), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], a case which... Read More

EPA Enforcement Initiative
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Williams Mullen

EPA is currently pursuing six National Enforcement Initiatives. One of these initiatives is entitled, “Keeping Raw Sewage and Contaminated Stormwater Out of Our Nation’s Waters.” Over the past three years, civil penalties in cases settled... Read More

EPA’s 2012 Primary Annual Fine Particle Designation Identifies Attainment Status for All of West Virginia
Posted on 5 Feb 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Laura M. Goldfarb EPA designated all of West Virginia as being in attainment for the 2012 primary annual fine particle (PM 2.5 ) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) by rule on December 18, 2014. This is significant for industry and... Read More

West Virginia Total Maximum Daily Loads Litigation Challenging EPA
Posted on 10 Mar 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Inc; Sierra Club; West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Inc; and the West Virginia Rivers Coalition have filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against U.S. EPA, Region III. The action challenges... Read More

Tags: Total , Clean , maximum , river , water , streem , EPA

Clean Power Plan Will Spur Innovation and Strengthen the Economy
Posted on 3 Jun 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Yesterday was an important day. At the direction of President Obama and after an unprecedented outreach effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing... Read More

EPA Issues Revised Guidance on the Use of Diesel Fuels in Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 24 Feb 2014 by Babst Calland

Pursuant to its authority under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued final, revised guidance for permitting hydraulic fracturing activities that use diesel fuels. By way of background... Read More

How VW's Diesel Engine Debacle Will Impact Farmers
Posted on 12 Nov 2015 by Todd Janzen

Volkswagen (VW) has been in the news lately after university researchers discovered its "clean diesel" emissions were as much as 40 times higher than EPA regulations allowed. VW apparently programmed its engine control unit (ECU) software to... Read More

EPA Proposes More Stringent Ozone Standards
Posted on 6 Jan 2015 by Babst Calland

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed a proposed rule to promulgate more stringent primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. The proposed rule would limit air ozone concentrations to between 65... Read More

Tags: NAAQS , air , quality , ambient , ozone , EPA

GAO Finds EPA Needs to Better Protect Drinking Water from Fracking Activities
Posted on 27 Aug 2014 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report entitled “ Drinking Water: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement ,” in which the GAO... Read More

U.S. EPA Proposes Revisions to Clean Air Act Regulations Impacting the Oil and Gas Industry
Posted on 30 Aug 2011 by Babst Calland

On August 23rd, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a package of proposed rules governing air emissions from the oil and natural gas industry, which includes the EPA's first air standards targeting emissions from gas... Read More

The Constitutional Foundation for the Clean Power Plan
Posted on 16 Apr 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

As members of Congress wisely examine the legal basis for the Clean Power Plan, they should feel confident that the Environmental Protection Agency is acting with a solid constitutional foundation. At a Tuesday hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy... Read More

Challenges to EPA’s Proposed Carbon Rules: What If They Succeed?
Posted on 13 Nov 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael B. Gerrard The Clean Power Plan proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in June is the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s efforts to fight climate change. Coal-fired power plants are by far the largest source of greenhouse... Read More