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18 Dec 2018Michigan PFAS Regulation Continues to Emerge
A Science Advisory Panel issued a report today recommending further PFAS work for Michigan. Selected by outgoing Governor Rick Snyder at the end of March 2018, the panel set out to “objectively assess the scientific information surrounding the issue of health advisory levels, health outcomes, remediation and mitigation, and environmental pathways” related to per- and
20 Nov 2018Barnes & Thornburg Hosts Midterm Environmental Assessment Seminar
On the heels of the midterm elections, Barnes & Thornburg’s Environmental Department hosted a three-part seminar at our Washington, D.C., office, highlighting the administration’s achievements and future goals in the environmental enforcement space. Susan Parker Bodine, the assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), reviewed many of OECA’s developments and
07 Nov 2018EPA Region 5 and IDEM in Full Collaboration Mode (Mostly)
On Oct. 30, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 officials met with officials from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and members of the regulated community to discuss current priorities and issues within the Region 5/IDEM area. The gathering included almost all of the upper management of EPA Region 5 and
24 Aug 2018EPA Streamlining Efforts Look to ACE the Clean Power Plan
Following through on one of President Trump’s first executive orders that instructed EPA to repeal and replace the CPP, the EPA issued a new proposal on August 21 to replace the 2015 Clean Power Plan, along with supporting changes to the New Source Review (NSR) program. The administration’s draft regulation to address emissions from existing
06 Jul 2018Three Tips to Find Real Environmental News, Real Fast
If your inbox is like mine, you received at least a dozen messages announcing that U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned on July 5. There is sure to be a flood of news stories predicting how this may affect either the administration in general or the EPA in particular. This post isn’t one of them.
12 Jun 2018Appeals Court Recycles RCRA Recycling Exclusions
On May 30, 2018, U.S. EPA published revised Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requirements governing hazardous waste generators. These revised requirements implement a mandate by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The court’s decision was based on consideration of revisions U.S. EPA had proposed to the RCRA rules in 2015.
17 May 2018EPA Considers Expanding Its Jurisdiction to Include Permitting ‘Discharges’ to Groundwater
The Clean Water Act (CWA) has long been understood to regulate discharges to surface waters through its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program. Historically, courts have been clear that only direct discharges to those jurisdictional surface waters require NPDES permits. In recent years, a growing number of courts have begun to recognize “hydrologic