On July 28, 2015, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) informed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) of its intent to sue for violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) § 311(j) and Executive Order 12777 (which guides federal implementation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990).
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation contends that cruise lines have violated Alaska air pollution regulations for the past five years.
Multinationals in China Should Be Aware of Increased Enforcement of Environmental Law, Monitoring Requirements – and Fraud
In the last twelve months the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been remarkably vocal about environmental law, monitoring, and fraud, especially under the new environmental law and supplemental measures.
On August 3rd, the Obama Administration and U.S. EPA released the much-anticipated final Clean Power Plan designed to curtail greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.
I have written extensively on the efforts by the Washington Department of Ecology to revise Washington’s Water Quality Standards to account for a higher fish consumption rate.
On August 4, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of its Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan.
Two agencies spiced up the normal August vacation interlude guaranteed litigation for years to come: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the Clean Power Plan final rules and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) promulgated the Pay Ratio Disclosure final rule.
With the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”) taking effect on January 1, 2015, the California Department of Water Resources (“DWR”) is in full swing of holding public workshops and information sessions to solicit input from stakeholders and other members of the public as well as to answer questions regarding SGMA’s various milestone requirements.
MATS Decision- Supreme Court Complicates EPA’s Ability to Consider Costs When Setting New Regulations
On June 29th the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that EPA was required to consider costs of compliance when deciding whether it was “appropriate and necessary” to regulate emission of mercury and other air toxics from power plants.
Last February, I wrote about the California State University Board of Trustees’ (CSU) unique stance concerning their responsibilities under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).