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House Passes TSCA Modernization Act, What's Next

The House of Representatives passed the TSCA Modernization Act (H.R. 2576), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this bill: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], by an overwhelming majority of 398-1, on June 23, 2015. The alternative Senate bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st...

OMB Begins Review of EPA Proposals to Curb Methane Emissions, Define Major Source

By Meredith Odato Graham In late June the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a highly-anticipated proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review that would address methane emissions in the oil and natural gas sector. Earlier this year, EPA...

Lesson Learned from EPA Enforcement of EPCRA Form R Requirements

By Ryan W. Trail EPCRA § 313 requires certain facilities manufacturing or “processing” more than 25,000 lbs. or otherwise using 10,000 lbs or more of a listed toxic chemical to file a Form R annually on or before July 1. In the last two issues of this newsletter, we discussed frequently...

EPA Report Finds No Evidence That Hydraulic Fracturing Causes Widespread Impacts On Drinking Water

By Robert J. Alessi and Jeffrey D. Kuhn This client alert is part of an ongoing series by DLA Piper attorneys on the legal, regulatory and policy issues related to hydraulic fracturing and shale gas production in the US and internationally. The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued a...

EPA Issues Vapor Intrusion Guidance

By Channing J. Martin Vapor Intrusion (“VI”) is the migration of vapors from contamination in the ground into overlying buildings and structures. It’s no secret that regulatory agencies have increased their focus on VI over the last decade. Moreover, under ASTM E1527-13, a Phase...

EPA Proposal Limits Emissions for Methane and Other Volatile Organic Compounds

By Harry Weiss and Lorene L. Boudreau The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released proposed regulations that would set performance standards for emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from new and modified sources in the upstream and midstream oil and natural gas...

EPA Releases Study Stressing Economic Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report, “ Climate Change in the U.S. – Benefits of Global Action ,” detailing the findings of the EPA’s Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis (CIRA) study, a peer reviewed project that seeks to assess climate change risk...

EPA Proposes New Methane Emission Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken another step in its bid to address climate change by issuing proposed rules aimed at reducing methane emissions.[1] By their nature, the proposed rules will predominantly impact the oil and natural gas industries and come on the heels of the Clean...

Federal Court Preliminarily Enjoins EPA and Army Corp Waters of the United States Final Rule

On August 27, 2015, a federal district judge in North Dakota, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], preliminarily enjoined the final rule of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), titled "Clean Water...

Environmental Protection Agency Modifies Air Quality Standards for Ozone

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 70 ppb. By promulgating a new ozone standard, EPA...

New EPA and USACE Regulations Revise Definition of "Waters of the United States"

By Mr. Ken Bogdan and Mr. Al Herson Under Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) must issue a permit for discharges of dredged or fill material into "waters the United States" (WOTUS). On June 29, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and USACE...

EPA Finalizes 2015 Revisions to the 1988 RCRA Underground Storage Tank Regulations

The US EPA has revised the 1988 underground storage tank (UST) regulation and the 1988 state program approval (SPA) regulation. Some of these changes had their roots in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which set out additional requirements in states that received federal RCRA Subtitle I money from EPA...

EPA’s Safer Choice Program Awards

EPA’s Safer Choice program (formerly Design for the Environment) recognizes products that meet stringent ingredient and product level criteria. Safer Choice products do not contain carcinogens or reproductive or developmental toxins. The program helps consumers and commercial buyers identify and...

Is that Wetland Jurisdictional? A Practical Guide to the New Clean Water Rule

By Channing J. Martin , Partner, Williams Mullen The Clean Water Rule recently issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers defines the scope of federal jurisdiction over wetlands and other “waters of the United States.” It became effective on August 28, 2015, so you need to understand...

EPA Proposes New Rules for Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Management and for Other Hazardous Waste Generators

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 meet hazardous waste criteria, and would offer flexibility...

Waters of the U.S. Rule on Nationwide Hold

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has stayed nationwide application of a controversial rule designed to clarify what water bodies and wetlands are subject to federal Clean Water Act regulation in a 2-1 decision, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis...

EPA Enforcement Initiative

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 under this initiative have ranged from zero...

Clean Power Plan Published; Appeals Period Begins

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. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia Circuit...

EPA Proposes Hazardous Waste Rule for Pharmaceuticals

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. The rule provides tailored, sector-specific...

Clean Water Rule – Inconsistent Application

The final Clean Water Rule redefining “Waters of the United States” was scheduled to go into effect August 28, 2015, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this rule: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ]. There have been several suits challenging the rule filed since the rule was finalized...

How VW's Diesel Engine Debacle Will Impact Farmers

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 run on a more efficient setting—meeting EPA...

EPA Enjoined From Enforcing New WOTUS Rules

Last month, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], pushed aside jurisdictional questions and issued a stay, effective nationwide, blocking implementation of the “Waters of the United...

Proposal to Eliminate CSO Discharges in the Great Lakes Region

Municipalities, public service districts and other operators of publicly-owned treatment works (“POTWs”) are closely monitoring a controversial and ill conceived provision in U.S. Senate’s Fiscal Year 2016 spending package for the Environmental Protection Agency. Section 428 of the...

U.S. Energy and Environmental Policy and Law in the Making: The Clean Power Plan

It was a busy week for the United States and the Obama Administration’s Climate Change Initiative. On October 23, 2015, the Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this rule: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ]. This official act triggered...

EPA to Require TRI Reporting from Natural Gas Processing Facilities

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 to add the entire Oil and Gas Extraction Section...