Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Pebble Mine Path Being Cleared by EPA

As it committed to doing in a settlement reached with Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) on May 12, 2017, the EPA is formally proposing to withdraw its July 2014 proposed determination on the company’s plan to build a copper and gold ore mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.

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House Draft Bill Has Smaller Cuts to EPA’s Budget

Congress has issued its first significant response to President Donald Trump’s proposed 31 percent cut in EPA’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget. Specifically, the House Appropriations Committee released a draft appropriations bill that would fund the Agency at $7.5 billion, a reduction of $528 million below the FY 2017 enacted level but $1.9 billion above […]


EPA Administrator Pruitt on the California waiver

In his June 15, 2017, testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations on the administration’s proposed budget for the EPA, Administrator Scott Pruitt said nothing to dim industry’s hope that many regulatory rollbacks will be forthcoming or that changed the minds of liberals who view Pruitt as a solid representative of President Donald […]


Brownfields Redevelopment: Turning to Land Banks for Innovation

At the close of its 2017 regular legislative session, the Connecticut General Assembly adopted an increasingly popular nationwide trend in brownfields remediation and redevelopment. By establishing the framework for a state brownfields land bank program, the Connecticut legislation represents a shift in the way brownfields projects are being administered around the country. With reduced budgets […]


EPA Gets Sued After Stay of Methane Rule for O&G

Declaring that theirs is the first legal challenge to an action taken by the Trump EPA to roll back a federal effort to combat climate change, five environmental groups have petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to vacate the Agency’s stay of the Obama EPA’s final rule governing air pollutants from […]


Trump Administration Bids Adieu to Paris Agreement

In possibly the most momentous environmental announcement ever made by an American president, Donald Trump told the world on Thursday that the United States is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. A nation’s actual withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is not as simple as standing up and walking out, and the process of separation […]

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Democrats Want to Repeal Congressional Review Act

Some Democrats have seen enough of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) and have introduced legislation to repeal it. In the Senate, Sens. Cory Booker (NJ) and Tom Udall (NM) are cosponsoring the Sunset the CRA and Restore American Protections (SCRAP) Act, which would put an end to a law they claim Republicans have “exploited this […]

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New WOTUS Website Launched by EPA

The EPA has launched a new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) website to provide information to the public about EPA’s review of the Clean Water Rule’s (CWR) controversial definition. This site replaces the website initially developed under the Obama administration’s 2015 rulemaking process.