U.S. EPA has published in the Federal Register its action that removes the old Phase I standard (1527-05) from the “All Appropriate Inquiries” Rule (AAI). Until this action, AAI recognized both the old standard and the new standard- ASTM 1527-13.
RCRA “Disposal” Does Not Extend to Emissions Directly into the Air Per US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
On August 20, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a suit brought by environmental groups against Union Pacific Corp. and BNSF Railway Co., holding that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) does not authorize a citizen suit to enjoin the emission of diesel particulate matter as it does not constitute “disposal” of a “solid waste” under RCRA.
Recent legislative and regulatory developments at the federal and state levels signal lawmakers’ increased attention to issues related to the abandonment of oil and gas pipelines.
On September 16, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a trio of bills to establish a statewide regulatory scheme for the use of groundwater: Assembly Bill 1739, and Senate Bills 1168 and 1319.
California Requires Identity Theft Protection for Data-Breached Customers
In a continued effort to ramp up the focus on global climate change, President Obama issued an executive order in September that expanded the US’s policy on climate resiliency to international development projects.
In a rare move, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) imposed sanctions on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its conduct during the bid protest of Coastal Environmental Group, Inc. v. United States.
The Science Advisory Board (SAB) has provided advice and comment on EPA’s proposed rule that defines which streams and wetlands are federally regulated.
Bakken crude producers and midstream transportation companies already experience transportation woes related to inadequate pipeline infrastructure, railroad capacity, tank car supply, rail accidents, and new regulations.