Category: Regulatory Developments

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EPA Issues Stay of GHG Rule Provisions for O&G Industry

The EPA has issued a stay of several requirements of its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas (O&G) industry (June 3, 2016, FR). The stay responds to objections to the rule raised by the sector and is intended to provide the Agency time to reconsider the merits of the objections.

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PSM Rule Finalized for California Petroleum Refineries

Petroleum refineries, in California as in the rest of the United States, have long been regulated by the same state or federal process safety management (PSM) standards that apply to all types of chemical facilities. But following the chemical release and fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, CA, on August 6, 2012, California regulators […]


Representatives Vote to Eliminate Pesticide General Permit

On May 24, 2017, the House voted 256–165 to wipe the EPA’s Pesticide General Permit (PGP) off the books. Basically, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017 (H.R. 953) would prohibit the EPA or a state from requiring a Clean Water Act (CWA) national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permit for the application of a […]


President Maintains Position on EPA Budget Cuts

In its fiscal year 2018 budget, the Trump administration did nothing to change the position, expressed in its earlier Budget Blueprint, that EPA’s portion of federal dollars should be cut by 31.4 percent. Neither did the president back down from either proposing elimination of virtually all EPA programs that are not statutorily required. The president’s […]

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Virginia Governor Orders Rulemaking to Reduce GHGs

Virginia’s Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe has directed the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to begin rulemaking to establish a statewide cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil-fuel power plants.


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 […]