EPA Regulations: Change Is In the Air…

Is the Environmental Protection Agency stepping up enforcement? Or merely implementing long overdue updates to its regulations? Either way, it’s clear that the agency is changing the rules for protecting the environment. And that means increased oversight, reporting, and potential violations for businesses of all types. 

For your reference, a roundup of recent updates regarding new and strengthened EPA rules, from lawyers and law firms on JD Supra:

EPA 2011-2013 enforcement initiatives (McAfee & Taft):

“Heads up! The Environmental Protection Agency is actively pursuing enforcement consistent with its 2011-2013 enforcement initiatives… This means more EPA oversight of regulated activities, including inspections, cease and desist orders, and requests for industry information to inform the EPA in its implementation of its enforcement initiatives.” Read more»

Recent developments under the Clean Water Act: Proposed rule modifies cooling-water intake unit requirements (McAfee & Taft):

“The Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed a new rule … designed to mitigate the impact of cooling water intake structures on fish and wildlife populations. [M]any power-production and manufacturing facilities will be subject to the new rule.” Read more»

TCE Revisited: U.S. EPA Releases Long-Awaited Toxicity Reassessment of Trichloroethylene with Potentially Vast Implications on Historically Contaminated Sites, Industrial and Consumer Products (Morrison & Foerster LLP):

“It portends a potential revisiting of [trichloroethylene]-related cleanup standards for … industrial facilities and a variety of consumer products in which even small levels of TCE are typically used. It almost surely will become the subject of litigation on a variety of fronts and may well soon become a topic of legislation and rulemaking.” Read more»

New EPA air regulations proposed for oil and natural gas industry (McAfee & Taft)

“On July 28, 2011, the EPA proposed [four] new regulations governing the oil and natural gas production industry sector … [and] is also proposing to add to the source category list any oil and gas operation not covered by the current listing and not previously subject to federal regulation.” Read more»

Identifying protected waters (McAfee & Taft)

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are in the final stages of updating their Draft Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act.” Read more»


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