On February 21, 2023, the EPA and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) reached an agreement for the Agency to meet deadlines for reducing smog in parts of California and Texas that have some of the nation’s worst air pollution, according to the CBD. The agreement was the result of a lawsuit filed by the […]
Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine hazardous air pollution and the EPA’s strategies for dealing with climate change. Following the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, that happened in early February, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has […]
On Thursday, July 29, 2021, in a split decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Marine Corps must pay the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (NCDEQ) fine for excess air pollution emissions at its Craven County Air Station Cherry Point facility. The decision reversed a federal district court […]
On July 1, 2021, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced that attorneys at Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP have been appointed as special assistant attorneys general to conduct an independent investigation into “allegations regarding alleged improper non-enforcement of air quality standards as alleged by certain Air Pollution Control Division staff at the Colorado Department of […]
On April 7, 2021, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Environmental Health filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the EPA due to missed deadlines in reviewing nonattainment state implementation plans (SIPs) in California and Chicago. The suit names Michael […]
Data captured by Reuters conclude that U.S. air monitors routinely miss “major toxic releases and day-to-day pollution dangers….”
A group of 10 environmental groups allied on October 29, 2020, to sue the EPA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia over claims that the Agency has failed to reduce toxic air pollution at gas processing facilities, municipal solid waste landfills, petrochemical plants, and other large industrial sites.
With the exception of a waiver denial in 2007—which was later reversed—the EPA has granted every request California has made since the first request was granted in 1968 to allow the state to set its own vehicle emissions standards. That record is now ended with the EPA’s final rule that withdraws its January 2013 waiver […]