As President Trump’s administration begins the process of rescinding or modifying the Clean Water Rule (CWR) promulgated by the administration of President Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court’s already historic decision in Rapanos v. United States (Rapanos, decided June 19, 2006) acquires even greater significance. Rapanos is not a single opinion. Rather, it is a collection […]
Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has approved two bills that would modify aspects of how science is conducted at the EPA. Introduced by the two top Republicans on the Committee, the bills focus on the right of the public to know more about the science the EPA uses in making policy decisions […]
In its Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again (Blueprint), the Trump administration’s preview of its full fiscal year 2018 budget request to Congress, the EPA’s funding would be cut by $2.6 billion, or 31 percent, the largest proposed reduction for any federal agency. The $5.7 billion budget request for the EPA would be the […]
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) promptly greeted President Trump’s Executive Order directing the withdrawal or modification of the Clean Water Rule (CWR) with data from a 2009 EPA study the EWG says shows that 117 million Americans draw at least some of their drinking water from intermittent, ephemeral, and other small streams.
The Pebble Mine—like the Keystone XL Pipeline and North Dakota Access Pipeline, another mega project rejected by the Obama administration—may also get a second look under President Trump. That, in any case, is the expressed hope of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. In a letter to […]
EPA’s authority to find a major source of air pollution in violation of a little known provision of the federal New Source Review (NSR) regulations was affirmed in a 2-to-1 opinion by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
Q: Under what conditions are the underground tanks at a Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulated facility regulated under the EPA?
In the nomination hearing for Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s choice to lead the EPA, it was surprising that members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) asked few questions about how the nominee would address EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) should he be confirmed. This may be because President Trump has already indicated […]
In a majority opinion, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit reversed a district court ruling that vacated EPA’s 2008 Water Transfers Rule because it did not impose National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements on such transfers.
Q: We are considering washing our delivery fleet on a weekly basis with generic car soap. What concerns do I need to take into account with regards to the run off? Do I need a recapture system for the run off? Do I need a permit?