Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

EPA Administrator Revises Principles for Selecting Science Advisors

With a new directive, Administrator Scott Pruitt of the EPA has revised the principles and procedures for selecting members for the Agency’s 22 advisory committees, which include the Science Advisory Board (SAB), Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), and the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), three bodies that have had a profound impact on how […]

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Roadless Rule Upheld by D.C. District Judge

In September 2017, a U.S. district judge responded to a petition filed by the state of Alaska, and backed by about 20 stakeholders, to have the Roadless Area Conservation Rule—better known as the Roadless Rule—issued in 2001 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its agency, the U.S. Forest Service (USDA/USFS), declared in violation of […]

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2.1 Million People Affected by Elevated Arsenic Levels in Private Wells

In a new study, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about 2.1 million people in the United States may be getting drinking water from private wells with concentrations of arsenic that exceed EPA’s maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 10 micrograms per liter (µg/L).

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EPA Unveils Draft Strategic Plan

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first draft Strategic Plan (covering the years 2018 to 2022) is built around what Pruitt has said is the Agency’s core mission. That mission, one of Pruitt’s three strategic goals, is summarized in the draft this way:

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Overdue Ozone Designations Lead to Legal Action Against EPA, Pruitt

As required by the Clean Air Act (CAA), 10 environmental and public health groups have notified the EPA and Administrator Scott Pruitt that they intend to take civil action against the Agency and Pruitt for failing to meet their statutory obligations to promulgate timely designations for areas of the United States under the Agency’s 2015 […]

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NESHAP Compliance Deadlines Extended for Certain Sectors

Responding to two petitions for reconsideration, the EPA has issued a final rule extending several compliance deadlines under the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the phosphoric acid manufacturing and phosphate fertilizer production source categories. The final rule also includes several technical amendments related to required monitoring and performance testing.

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OPP Issues New Guidance on Pesticide Resistance

Stating that it intends to embark on a more widespread effort to combat pest resistance to pesticides and herbicides, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) has issued two Pesticide Registration Notices (PRNs), one applicable to all conventional pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, bactericides, insecticides, and acaricides) and the second applicable to herbicide-resistant weeds.

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