A detailed look into how the EPA would achieve a 31 percent reduction in its annual budget is provided in a memo from David A. Bloom, the Agency’s acting chief financial officer, to top Agency officials. The memo was intended to be confidential but became available on the Internet.
Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management
By Dylan Brown, Project Coordinator at Tank Consultants, Inc. (TCI) To develop a quality tank inspection program, it’s important to generate a detailed breakdown of all aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) on site. This can be done by creating a simple spreadsheet or table with some basic information on each tank.
By Steven Hoch, Esq. Groundwater is a precious resource to everyone. When it becomes contaminated because of decades of impact by commercial, industrial, military, or illegal activity, something must be done. But if you are a water supplier that uses that aquifer even if you treat it, your suit against a polluter will come right […]
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 […]
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?