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International Chemicals Management Meeting
Posted on 23 Sep 2015 by Dianne Saxe

In 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development , the international community adopted an ambitious target for world wide sound management of chemicals and hazardous wastes by 2020: that chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Premise For GHG Tailoring Rule, But Largely Maintains EPA’s Authority To Set GHG Emission Limits
Posted on 6 Aug 2014 by DLA Piper

By Deborah E. Jennings , Catherine B. Campbell , and Andrew B. Schatz In a split decision, the United States Supreme Court confirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new and modified... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Sewer System’s Discharges Did Not Violate CWA
Posted on 9 Jan 2013 by LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Legal News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday held that a California storm sewer system operator's discharges into navigable waterways did not violate the Clean Water Act (CWA), holding that the flow of water from an improved... Read More

Can and Should Greenhouse Gases be Regulated as Hazardous Air Pollutants under CAA § 112?
Posted on 7 Jul 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

The Sabin Center has published a student paper by Mark Bond* which examines the legal and practical consequences of regulating greenhouse gas emissions as hazardous air pollutants under §112 of the Clean Air Act. To download the full paper, click... Read More

The manufacturer of PCE dry cleaning machine filtering system is not a CERCLA arranger
Posted on 4 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Since 1980, Team Enterprises, LLC leased space in a shopping center in Modesto, California, where it operated a dry cleaning store. From 1980 to 2004, Team used PCE in its dry cleaning equipment, and the machines generated wastewater containing PCE. Team... Read More

U.S. EPA Considering Limiting Self-Disclosure Incentives
Posted on 16 Mar 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block Under U.S. EPA's current audit policy, companies that self-disclose environmental violations may be entitled to the elimination or reduction of penalties for non-compliance. However, U.S. EPA recently... Read More

Photoelectric Cells to Dye For - Solar Power From Indoor Lights
Posted on 26 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Is it possible to efficiently harness the often dim and indirect light found inside a room (e.g., from incandescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs, and light emitting diodes). The answer would now appear to be "yes." A... Read More

Photoelectric Cells to Dye For - Solar Power From Indoor Lights
Posted on 26 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Is it possible to efficiently harness the often dim and indirect light found inside a room (e.g., from incandescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs, and light emitting diodes). The answer would now appear to be "yes." ... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Report Finds that Climate Change Could Affect Indoor Air Quality
Posted on 9 Jun 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On June 7, 2011, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies issued a report, Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health , finding that climate change could... Read More

U.S. EPA Considering Limiting Self-Disclosure Incentives
Posted on 16 Mar 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block Under U.S. EPA's current audit policy, companies that self-disclose environmental violations may be entitled to the elimination or reduction of penalties for non-compliance. However, U.S. EPA recently... Read More

EPA’S Office of Water Seeking Industry Input on How to Integrate Sustainability into Water Regulatory Program
Posted on 23 Jan 2012 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Water is initiating efforts to obtain comments concerning how it should integrate sustainability (i.e., the consideration of environmental... Read More

The manufacturer of PCE dry cleaning machine filtering system is not a CERCLA arranger
Posted on 4 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Since 1980, Team Enterprises, LLC leased space in a shopping center in Modesto, California, where it operated a dry cleaning store. From 1980 to 2004, Team used PCE in its dry cleaning equipment, and the machines generated wastewater containing PCE. Team... Read More