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EPA Proposes New Rules for Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Management and for Other Hazardous Waste Generators
Posted on 19 Oct 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced two new proposed hazardous waste rules that EPA believes would clarify and simplify requirements for health care facilities and retail pharmacies to manage their unused pharmaceuticals that... Read More

EPA Proposes Hazardous Waste Rule for Pharmaceuticals
Posted on 2 Nov 2015 by Williams Mullen

A pre-publication draft of a proposed rule by EPA may clarify hazardous waste requirements for obsolete or defective pharmaceuticals. EPA proposes a new Subpart P entitled “Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals” to 40 CFR Part 266 of its RCRA regulations... Read More

Appellate Court Rejects Challenge To NPL Listing
Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by Steven M. Siros

A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], rejected a challenge to U.S. EPA's decision to list a site on the National Priorities List ("NPL"), finding that... Read More

EPA Issues New Rules Governing Recycling That Will Impact Most Major Industries
Posted on 10 Feb 2015 by Babst Calland

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently revised its rules governing the recycling of spent materials, listed hazardous sludge and listed by-products associated with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) definition of solid... Read More

Tags: hazardous , waste , RCRA , EPA

Cases to Watch: Supreme Court Could Address Key Cost Recovery Issue in Morrison Enterprises
Posted on 29 Sep 2011 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Keri L. Holleb Hotaling, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP When the Supreme Court returns from its summer recess on September 26 to select cases for review this fall, it is likely to consider taking up Morrison Enterprises, LLC v. Dravo Corp . ... Read More

EPA to Require TRI Reporting from Natural Gas Processing Facilities
Posted on 1 Dec 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

EPA has announced that it will begin requiring natural gas processing facilities to file Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reports, although the announcement did not include a timeline for doing so. The agency had been under pressure by environmental groups... Read More

U.S. EPA Proposes Increased Reliance on TRI Data to Drive Enforcement Actions
Posted on 2 Jul 2014 by Steven M. Siros

U.S. EPA has announced that it is in the process of developing new electronic tools to utilize the data collected by its Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) to better focus its enforcement efforts. According to Steven Knizner, acting director of U.S. EPA's... Read More

EPA E-Manifest Implementation Update
Posted on 4 May 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson On October 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act (PDF) , which authorizes the EPA to implement a national electronic manifest system. Commonly referred to as "e... Read More

Superfund Site Reopened to Address Vapor Intrusion Issues
Posted on 18 Jan 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block In 1992, a consent decree was entered into between U.S. EPA and two PRPs to address contamination at an NPL site in Mountain View, California. In June 2001, U.S. EPA certified completion of remediation... Read More

New EPA Rule Regulates Coal Ash As Non-Hazardous
Posted on 26 Feb 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) from coal-fired power plants which will be regulated under... Read More

Tags: hazardous , coal , Plant , power , ash , waste , EPA

Federal Court Orders EPA to Establish Timeline for Reviewing Coal Ash Regulation
Posted on 3 Jan 2014 by Troutman Sanders

On October 28, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (“Court”) issued its Memorandum Opinion in the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Coal Combustion Residue (“CCR”) litigation [ enhanced... Read More

Jenner & Block: New EPCRA Tier I and Tier II Updates
Posted on 27 Aug 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block EPA has proposed changes to EPCRA Section 312 Tier I and Tier II Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms required under 40 CFR Part 370. The new rules become effective January 1, 2014. The... Read More

Communications Between DOJ Attorneys Representing Separate Agencies Ordered Disclosed
Posted on 31 Jan 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block DOJ attorneys representing the United States Army Corps of Engineers (the "Corps") and the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") found themselves unable to rely on... Read More

EPA Issues Rule to Create e-Manifest System
Posted on 27 Feb 2014 by Babst Calland

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a final rule that will allow entities to complete manifest forms required under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) through a computer-based e-Manifest system hosted by... Read More

EPA proposes new hazardous waste recycling regulations to address environmental justice concerns
Posted on 17 Jul 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

EPA is has released for public comment its draft expanded environmental justice analysis of the 2008 definition of solid waste. The draft evaluates the rule’s potential impact on low-income and minority communities. EPA is also requesting public... Read More