Category: Environmental

GAO Priority Recommendations for the EPA

In a Priority Open Recommendations document released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on May 28, 2024, the federal watchdog detailed 12 open high-priority recommendations the EPA has yet to address: For more information about EPA progress and plans to address these items, see the Priority Open Recommendations document. “Priority open recommendations are the GAO […]

EPA’s Final Suite of Power Plant Rules

The EPA recently announced four final power plant rules (PPR) to reduce pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants, with the goal of protecting “communities from pollution and improve public health without disrupting the delivery of reliable electricity,” according to an Agency news release. These rules are part of the Biden administration’s push to transition to […]

9th Circuit Rules CERCLA Double Recovery Ban Doesn’t Wholly Prevent Liability

In Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency v. Whittaker Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in April “clarified that [the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act’s (CERCLA)] prohibition on double recovery does not preclude a finding of liability under CERCLA, [if] the relief ultimately granted does not allow recovery of double […]

EHS On Tap E206: Making Sense of ESG

On episode 206 of EHS On Tap, Kathy Seabrook, CEO and founder of Global Solutions Inc., talks about how companies can get a better handle on ESG.

EPA Declines Petition to Shield Combustion Turbines from NESHAP

The EPA in April denied a petition to remove stationary combustion turbines from the list of sources subject to regulation for emissions of air toxics, maintaining public health protections for communities near these facilities. “The agency denied the joint petition filed in 2019 by groups including American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum […]

CBD Condemns EPA’s Failure to Increase Air Quality Standards for Soot and Nitrogen

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) sharply criticized the EPA’s decision to retain the existing secondary standards for nitrogen oxides and particulate matter (PM) without revision. “The EPA failed to seize this important opportunity to better protect plants and animals from these toxic pollutants,” said Ryan Maher, CBD staff attorney, in the organization’s press release. […]

EPA Announces Strategic Civil-Criminal Enforcement Policy

The EPA recently announced a new Strategic Civil-Criminal Enforcement Policy, designed to achieve fairness in enforcement actions and ensure criminal enforcement is reserved for the “most egregious violations.” For many, the policy is long overdue. “The EPA’s determination of what facts justify criminal treatment has traditionally been inconsistent and dependent on local decision-making by regional […]

EPA and State of NJ Announce Proposed Superfund Settlement

The EPA recently announced a proposed settlement with PPG Industries, Inc., to design and perform a $15.8 million cleanup at the Riverside Industrial Park Superfund site on the bank of the Passaic River in Newark, New Jersey. Under the proposed settlement, the company will also pay the $2.9 million the EPA previously spent at the […]

PFOA and PFOS Designated as CERCLA Hazardous Substances

Last month, the EPA announced a final rule designating two polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA): PFAS are a group of manufactured chemicals that are also referred to as “forever chemicals” because of their resistance to breaking down in the environment over time. They’ve […]

Final Rule Issued to Cut Methane Emissions, Strengthen GHG Reporting for Oil and Gas Industry

On May 6, 2024, the EPA announced it issued its final Subpart W rule to strengthen, expand, and update methane emissions reporting requirements for petroleum and natural gas systems under its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP), as required by President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). “The final revisions will ensure greater transparency and accountability […]