Louisiana Native Scott Angelle to Head the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

By | Louisiana Law Blog | May 23, 2017
BSEE By Michael J. O’Brien Scott Angelle, a native of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, has been appointed by the Trump Administration to head the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (“BSEE”).  Mr. Angelle first held public office in the late 1980’s. He has since served as a Parish President, Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Natural Resources, and, most recently, as Chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. View Full Post
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The WIIN Act: a Path to Risk-Based Management of Coal Ash

By | The Nickel Report | May 23, 2017
Over the past several years, the EPA and states have wrestled with the highly controversial question of how to manage ash and other residual materials produced by the combustion of coal in coal-fired power plants.  These so-called “coal combustion residuals” (“CCR”) have been traditionally managed in large man-made ponds at many power plant sites.  View Full Post
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Senate Bill Proposes Major Market-Based Remodel of Cap-and-Trade Program

California’s cap-and-trade program withstood a battle in court, and now the Legislature is proposing changes to the controversial program.  Senator Bob Wieckowski (Democrat – District 10), Chair of the Environmental Quality Committee, has authored Senate Bill 775 (“SB 775”) which would extend the cap-and-trade program to 2030 with modifications.  View Full Post
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Developments in Recent NY Medical Monitoring Claims

By | E2 Law Blog | May 23, 2017
As readers of this blog know, we have been closely following developments regarding claims for medical monitoring.  (Medical Monitoring Claims in Illinois, Part 1; Medical Monitoring Claims in Illinois, Part 2.) A recent decision arising out of Hoosick Falls, New York, allowed Plaintiffs’ request for a medical monitoring fund to survive defendants’ motion to dismiss.  View Full Post
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EPA Takes Back Decision-Making Authority for the Most Costly Superfund Cleanups

In a break with long-standing policy, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken back authority to approve remedies costing $50 million or more at Superfund sites effective immediately. According to the delegation of authority memo issued on May 9, 2017, the purpose of these revisions is to promote accountability and consistency in the remedy selection process and encourage speedier remediation and revitalization of contaminated sites. View Full Post
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May Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter Preview

Here is a preview of the May 2017 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $200,000 verdict- Aberdeen federal court excessive force by state trooper case (3/28/17); $265,000 verdict- Aberdeen federal court breach of contract case (4/21/17); $50,000 verdict- Oxford federal court civil rights violation case (4/26/17); $46,895 verdict- Jackson federal court gender discrimination case (2/1/17); $26,366 verdict- DeSoto County car wreck case (4/3/13); $6,250 verdict- Jackson County car wreck case (4/18/17); defense verdict- Rankin County assault/outrage by cop case (3/29/17); and directed verdict- LeFlore Countt medical malpractice case (4/13/17). View Full Post
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