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Thursday, September 22, 2016
The hard-rock mining industry and its advocates in Congress, as well as some Western states, are watching and waiting with concern as the EPA moves toward a December 1, 2016, deadline to “commence rulemaking” for financial assurance requirements for the sector.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Whether you are a private entity, a state or local government, or a federal agency, if you are proposing an action that is subject to a NEPA review, that review will consider the project’s impact on the climate if that impact is either an adverse release of GHGs or a beneficial sequestrationof carbon, regardless of the amount of the release or the sequestration.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
The so-called Halliburton Loophole contained in the 2005 Energy Policy Act blocks the EPA from using its authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to regulate through permitting the use of any chemical—except diesel-based fluids—in hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Stating that EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to revoke a permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is a “mighty power,” a majority of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit refused to overturn a district’s court’s ruling that the Agency acted legally by vetoing a Corps permit allowing the Mingo Logan Coal Company to conduct valley filling at its Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Security at the many thousands of U.S. facilities housing dangerous chemicals is an issue of such paramount importance that Congress has written into law a prohibition against employers retaliating against employees who report potential violations of federal chemical security regulations.
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