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EPA proposes new Greenhouse Gas limits that will make it impossible to build coal-fired power plants.

Background: On April 2, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Massachusetts v. EPA, that greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act and that the EPA must determine if they threaten public health and … Continue reading

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Scotts Miracle-Gro pleads guilty to breaking the law by selling 73 million packages of birdseed coated in pesticide that is toxic to birds

Sometimes a headline is so bizarre that you have to stop and wonder if it is true. When I read that on March 13, 2012 Scotts Miracle-Gro had entered a plea of guilty with a proposal to pay $4.5 million … Continue reading

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EPA tries to bypass prohibition against requiring NPDES permits for CAFOs.

The EPA has proposed a rule that would require concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to submit operational information to EPA. The EPA claims that this will allow the Agency to ensure that CAFOs are implementing practices to protect water quality … Continue reading

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EPA position on pesticides could jeopardize development of farmland

Does a skirmish taking place between the United States Army and the Environmental Protection Agency over the transfer of the former Kansas Army Ammunition Pant in Parson, Kansas threaten to condemn farmland sold for development to the status of RCRA … Continue reading

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EPA to Retain Existing PM10 Standard. Possible relief for Farm States.

The press has made much of recent reports that the EPA announced that it will not regulate rural dust. But that is not exactly what the EPA did. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson released several letters (Klobuchar Letter Stabenow Letter ) … Continue reading

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Federal Judge strips Florida of its Clean Water Act permitting authority over everglades.

A United States Federal District Court judge has decided that Florida is unable or unwilling to regulate phosphorus discharges that have irrevocably damaged the Florida everglades. The court’s order strips Florida of its authority to issue NPDES permits for the … Continue reading

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EPA and USACE propose Clean Water Protection Guidance on Jurisdictional Waters

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers have submitted to the Administration a draft Clean Water Protection Guidance document. The 90-day review period was to expire on March 11, 2011. A copy of the document is available … Continue reading

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National Mining Association v. Lisa Jackson – Forcing a new age of EPA Rulemaking?

One of the most interesting and potentially far-reaching environmental cases for some time comes out of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a Memorandum Opinion filed on January 14, 2011 by U.S. District Court Judge … Continue reading

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EPA’s Region 7 Enforcement Report

Region 7 of the EPA has filed its 2009 Enforcement Report. That report can be found here: http://www.epa.gov/Region7/enforcement_compliance/end_of_year_09_results.htm While a lot of the report is a testimony to government taking credit for private sector investment, there are some salient facts: … Continue reading

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Iowa Litigation Roundup

April 12, 2010 . Lincolnway Energy, LLC, agreed to pay $176,750 in civil penalties for air pollution and water pollution violations at Lincolnway’s ethanol production plant in Nevada, Iowa. The state lawsuit alleged Lincolnway violated air pollution control regulations by: … Continue reading

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