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Category Archives: Environmental Law

EPA Floats Proposed New Enforcement Initiatives for 2017 – 2019

Oil and gas industry - refinery at twilight - factory - petrochemical plant

On September 15, US EPA proposed its National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEI”) for calendar years 2017 through 2019. US EPA develops a set of NEI every three years, focusing federal resources on industries with noncompliance issues on a regional or national scale, where federal attention can make a difference. EPA’s latest proposal would add several new …

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Washington Abuzz as Pope Francis, Xi Jinping Pass Through

meeting with globe

This week, two highly anticipated visits have captivated the attention of the nation’s capital and the world. President Obama welcomed both Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping to Washington, with climate change concerns on top of each agenda. Momentum on the issue will carry into next week as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon …

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EPA Releases Additional Elements of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

On August 18, 2015, EPA released additional components of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.  The four separate actions are intended to reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions from the oil and natural gas sector.  The newly-released components include: 1) Additional New Source Performance Standards; 2) New Control Techniques Guidelines; 3) Proposed revisions to the regulatory …

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Re: Gold King Mine – Statement, Photos and Audio from EPA Administrator in Durango, CO

Today, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy visited Durango, CO to inspect response efforts relating to the release of waste water from Gold King mine, and meet with state, local and tribal officials and community members. Tomorrow, Administrator McCarthy will visit the response efforts in Farmington, NM. More details about the visit will be released as they …

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Supreme Court Decisions Raise Questions about Future Judicial Scrutiny of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

smoke stack oil refinery

Two of the Supreme Court’s major, end-of-term decisions turn on the deference the Court gives to agency determinations of the meaning of ambiguous clauses in complex regulatory statutes, applying the familiar Chevron framework.  The Court’s less deferential applications of Chevron raise important questions about the deference courts might be expected to give to the scope of EPA’s …

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