Category: Regulatory Developments


EPA to Withdraw Proposed Determination for Pebble Mine

Like targets in a shooting gallery, the Trump administration continues to take aim at the most significant environmental decisions by the Obama administration. In the latest action, the EPA announced a settlement agreement with the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP), the consortium seeking to build a copper and gold ore mine in the headwaters of Bristol […]

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Landmark Recycling Bill Passed in Florida

The Florida House and Senate unanimously approved a bill that would exempt processing of certain recovered materials from solid waste regulations. The fate of the bill is now in the hands of Republican Governor Rick Scott. The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division said it welcomed this “first-of-its-kind” legislation, which “will make Florida a welcoming […]


Ethics and the EPA Chief

In a memo sent to senior EPA staff, Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt describes the actions he will take to meet his ethics obligations. Pruitt states that he will not participate in two types of activities: (1) those involving the state of Oklahoma, where Pruitt served as attorney general (AG) before coming to the EPA, and […]


Michigan Rep Seeks to Save Vehicle Program Funding

Members of Congress continue to ask President Donald Trump to not cut EPA programs that offer particular benefits to their states or districts. One such request was made by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), who has been fighting to preserve the Agency’s Federal Vehicle and Fuels Standards and Certification Program, which would receive zero funding under […]


Senate Votes to Keep Methane Rule in Place

By a vote of 51 to 49, the Senate rejected moving forward with a resolution that would have nullified the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final rule to prevent waste of natural gas from venting, flaring, and leaks during oil and natural gas production activities on onshore federal and Indian leases (November 18, 2016, FR).


Wetlands Still Need Watching

May is American Wetlands Month. With President Donald Trump’s promise to repeal, or at the very least revise, the Clean Water Rule with its definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) that was established during the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mired in controversy over the extent of federal responsibility […]


Pruitt Says State CCR Guidance Is in the Works

Thanks to the 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, a state may apply to the EPA to operate its own permit program for regulating coal combustion residuals (CCRs). In a recent letter to governors, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt explained that the Agency is developing guidance on what such an application should contain […]

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Obama’s Drilling Ban Reversed

A mere 4 months after President Barack Obama banned energy development in tens of millions of acres of the Arctic Ocean, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) stating that leasing to energy companies in those areas will be resumed “to the maximum extent permitted by law.” The EO applies the same open leasing […]