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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

Creative Sentence For Ontario Concrete Company
Posted on 9 Jul 2015 by Dianne Saxe

A Sudbury ready mix concrete company, Rainbow Concrete Industries Ltd ., pleaded guilty to one count under s. 30 of the Ontario Water Resources Act , for discharging concrete waste water into a Sudbury creek, and received a creative sentence plus a fine... Read More

State Net Environmental Law News: Michigan Governor Snyder Rolls Out Expanded Recycling Plan
Posted on 21 Apr 2014 by State Net

SNYDER ROLLS OUT EXPANDED RECYCLING PLAN: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) released a proposal last week that would double the amount of residential waste that Wolverine State residents recycle. "Michigan has a strong tradition of protecting and... Read More

Tags: hemp , GMO , trash , Recycling , waste

Purchaser Of Contaminated Site Loses Case Against Own Lawyer
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 by Dianne Saxe

I continue to be surprised by how many people knowingly purchase a contaminated site, and regret it afterwards. Buy in haste, repent at leisure? Sometimes the purchaser of a contaminated site is merely unlucky, or suffers from a change of rules or... Read More

California Approves New Mattress Recycling Fee
Posted on 5 Nov 2015 by GreenbergTraurig

Mattress retailers and manufacturers face new requirements in California in 2016. Responding to attempts to over-regulate disposal of used mattresses, a coalition of manufacturers and retailers sponsored legislation to create an industry managed recycling... Read More

New York Environmental Regulator Announces New Hazardous Waste Enforcement Initiative Against Supermarkets, Retail Pharmacies and Similar Establishments
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by GreenbergTraurig

In a move that will have a substantial impact on future obligations of supermarkets, drug stores and “big box” retailers in New York State, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced that it would begin... 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

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

EPA Issues Final Rulemaking for Coal Combustion Residuals
Posted on 5 Feb 2015 by Babst Calland

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an advance notice of a final rulemaking that will regulate coal combustion residuals (CCR) as solid waste under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The rulemaking will... Read More

Safeway, Inc. to Pay $9.87 Million Settlement for Environmental Violations
Posted on 22 Jan 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Safeway Inc. has entered into a Stipulated Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction in California to resolve allegations that more than 500 Safeway stores and distribution centers, including its other brands, Vans, Pavilions and Pak 'n Save, violated... Read More

E-Waste Settlement Nets State of California $51.8 Million
Posted on 24 Feb 2015 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros AT&T agreed to pay $51.8 million to resolve allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous electronic waste at its facilities in California. In one of the first enforcement actions of its kind in California, AT&T has... 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

RCRA imminent & hazardous endangerment notice must be specific, notes Second Circuit
Posted on 10 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

A RCRA notice is mandatory, as noted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Hallstrom v. Tillamook County , 493 U.S. 20, 26 (1989). The purpose of the notice is to a) inform public agencies of the alleged problem so that they can ascertain if they wish to take... Read More

Sixth Circuit Weighs in on CERCLA Cost Recovery, Contribution Actions
Posted on 28 Aug 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Glenn A. Harris The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court recently issued an important opinion, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], related to claims to recover environmental cleanup costs at an Ohio landfill... Read More

South Carolina Court Limits CERCLA Remedies
Posted on 15 Jul 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Jessica J.O. King The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) allows the federal government to collect funds from or to order a “potentially responsible party” (“PRP”) to clean up... Read More