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Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management
The Supreme Court of Massachusetts affirmed the decision by a state Superior Court judge who found that the Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) has the authority to seek documents and information relating to Exxon Mobil Corporation’s (Exxon) knowledge of and activities related to climate change.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s commitment to easing up on the federal government’s implementation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act’s (CAA) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) received a strong endorsement with a new memo from President Donald Trump.
This is an important time for states, municipalities, Indian tribes, and private organizations seeking funding to advance project-ready drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects.
On August 30, 2018, California’s complex new Proposition 65 requirements for “clear and reasonable warnings” will take full effect, impacting companies across the country that do business in the Golden State. Though the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) adopted the new regulations in August 2016, businesses have had a 2-year phase-in period to […]
According to a recent report by EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Agency has not collected information on occurrences of agricultural worker exposure to dangerous pesticides and, therefore, cannot gauge the effect of its regulations to protect workers from those exposures. The OIG offered this assessment in the context of EPA’s 2015 revision of […]
In response to multiple lawsuits, the U.S. courts periodically order the EPA to complete its rulemaking obligations under Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 112 (Hazardous Air Pollutants).
Since the early 1980s, the EPA has permitted aquifer exemptions under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). An aquifer is an area of underground rock that contains or can transmit groundwater. Underground Injection Control (UIC) regulations the EPA has developed allow the Agency to separate certain aquifers from drinking water requirements provided the aquifers do […]
Despite an absence of support from the EPA, the proposed open-pit Pebble Mine Project in Southwest Alaska refuses to die. In the latest major action, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced that it will prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) based on an application for a Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 (dredge […]
The Trump administration has twice proposed to slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by record amounts, and Congress keeps refusing to do it.