Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Public Invited to Comment on IRA Programs

The EPA recently announced opportunities for public input on new and existing programs funded by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The Agency seeks input as it puts together core design aspects of multiple IRA programs. The engagement strategy in program implementation includes: Issuing a request for information (RFI) for public input to inform program design; […]

The EPA, CWA and Invasive Organisms

Last month, a letter signed by 160 organizations was sent to President Joseph Biden Jr. requesting that he take action to direct the EPA to implement discharge standards for ships’ ballast water that comply with the Clean Water Act (CWA). EPA administrator Michael Regan also received a similar request from 34 members of Congress. “Ballast […]

Phasing Down Hydrofluorocarbons

On October 20, 2022, the EPA announced additional actions, including a proposed rule, for the phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which, according to an Agency news release, are a “crucial component of President Biden’s ambitious agenda to combat the climate crisis while advancing American manufacturing and innovation.” The proposed rule sets a 40% reduction for 2024 […]

The Anti-ESG Investment Backlash

The trend to invest in companies dedicated to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues continues to explode. ESG and investments ESG as a concept is an evaluation of an organization’s collective consciousness for social and environmental factors. More specifically, it is a metric to assess an organization’s impact beyond its internal mission-driven operations and financial […]

Climate Change Insurance Defense Coverage Up in the Air

Who pays for climate change damages? Industry or their insurance carrier? The first cases that will determine the answer to these questions are making their way through the legal system. In the last few years, several state and local governments across the country have filed lawsuits against energy companies for their alleged contributions to climate […]

Infographic: Carbon Capture and Storage

There has been a shift in attitude toward climate action. Instead of being viewed as a source of job loss, climate action is seen as a vast new field for job growth, economic opportunity, and technological advances. When it comes to reducing GHG emissions, the expansion of carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the next […]

WOTUS and Wetlands With SCOTUS Again

The first case on the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) 2022 fall docket was Sackett v. EPA, which asked the Court to consider scaling back the EPA’s authority to regulate some types of wetlands under the Clean Water Act (CWA). One of the main issues in the case is to determine which test courts should use […]

Back to Basics: Carbon Capture, Storage, and Repurposing

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine carbon capture, storage, and reporting. There has been a shift in attitude toward climate action. Instead of being viewed as a source of job loss, climate action is seen as a […]

Kigali Amendment for HFC Emissions Gets Senate Approval

Last month, the U.S. Senate consented to ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The vote, 69–27, showed strong bipartisan support for the measure. The United States will soon join 137 other countries that have already ratified the Kigali Amendment, according to a media note issued […]