Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Recommendations for Congress from the House Infrastructure Caucus

Reforming the federal environmental review process for infrastructure projects figures prominently in a new report issued by the Problem Solvers Caucus. The Caucus comprises 48 members of the House of Representatives—24 Democrats and 24 Republicans—“committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues.” Called Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure, the report was developed by the Caucus’s Infrastructure Working […]

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Automakers are Reducing GHG Emissions

Two reports issued by the EPA indicate that automakers are reducing tailpipe greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, meeting their GHG-reduction requirements, and increasing fuel economy. The Agency describes the first report, Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975–2017 (Trends Report), as “the authoritative reference for real world fuel economy, technology trends and […]

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Pruitt Superfund Plan Is Catching Flak

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s listing of 21 Superfund sites for “intense and immediate action” has prompted the expected skepticism from at least one liberal group. But what has not been expected is a comparable level of concern about the value of the list expressed by several Republican lawmakers.

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EPA Administrator Sued Over Science Committee Directive

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s directive establishing a policy to purge Agency science advisory committees of members who are receiving EPA monetary grants has spurred a strong reaction from environmental and public health groups. In the latest development, several groups have sued Pruitt for allegedly violating provisions in federal statutes that direct formation of the committees […]

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Petition to Regulate CAFOs Under CAA Denied

In letters to 10 public interest, environmental, and animal welfare groups, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the Agency was denying the groups’ 2009 petition to develop New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) as well as regulations for state performance standards for existing CAFOs. The main reason for the denial, according […]

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How to Find the Right Testing Lab

If you run an operation that generates pollution—or if you are responsible for reducing pollution that comes from somewhere else, as with public wastewater treatment plants or public drinking water systems—you likely use or will at some point need to obtain the services of an environmental testing lab.

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NEPA Review Enhancements Recommended

President Donald Trump’s August 15, 2017, Executive Order (EO) on improving the federal environmental review process may set the stage for changes to regulations affecting how states participate meaningfully in such reviews. The EO was directed mainly at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the federal agency that implements the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). […]

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AGs Sue EPA for Ozone Nondesignations

Fifteen attorneys general (AGs) have filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, requesting that the court order the EPA to meet its Clean Air Act (CAA) nondiscretionary obligation to declare which areas of the country are in nonattainment with the Agency’s 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) […]

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CEQ Nominee Softens Past Statements in Hearing

During a nomination hearing, Kathleen Harnett White, President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) was asked to explain multiple past statements that troubled Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW). In a subsequent vote, the EPW approved White for a full Senate vote; all Democrats […]

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