LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom
EPA Clean Power Plan

EPA Whiteboard

EPA Building Sign

Duane Morris LLP: U.S. District Court Preliminarily Enjoins EPA and ACOE ‘Waters of the United States’ Final Rule

On August 27, 2015, a federal district judge in North Dakota preliminarily enjoined the final rule of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), titled "Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States," which was set to take effect on...

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 Report Benefits of Global Action

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...

Troutman Sanders: EPA Modifies Air Quality Standards for Ozone

By Troutman Sanders LLP 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...

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...

Babst Calland: Environmental Groups Plan Suit Over Absence of Regulation of Oil and Gas Waste

By Naeha Dixit On August 26, 2015, seven environmental groups sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a Notice of Intent to Sue the agency in an attempt to force the agency to develop tailored rules for oil and gas wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle...

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...

Babst Calland: Federal Court Invalidates Portions of a Local Ordinance, Which Banned the Use of Underground Injection Wells

By Alana E. Fortna On October 14, 2015, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania invalidated several provisions of a Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania local ordinance that was intended to prevent an oil and gas operator from operating an injection well that...

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 Focuses on Methane Leaks as Climate Change Takes Center Stage

In the September 2015 edition of the US EPA’s Compliance Alert, EPA reported that it and state investigations had identified Clean Air Act compliance concerns regarding significant emissions from storage vessels, such as tanks or containers, at onshore oil and natural gas production facilities...