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Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA – Narrowing EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations

On June 23, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited and much anticipated decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA. At issue was the legitimacy of the EPA’s “tailoring” Rule which sought to impose regulations on greenhouse gas emissions … Continue reading

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D.C. Circuit Rules That EPA Cannot Defer Carbon Dioxide Limits For Ethanol Plants

On July 12, 2013 the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an opinion in the case entitled Center for Biological Diversity v. EPA, 722 F.3d 401 (C.A.D.C. 2013).  In 2011 the EPA issued regulations deferring CO2 … Continue reading

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Final 2012 CERCLA Update

Two recent developments will likely change the face of CERCLA liability as the year draws to a close. First, the EPA issued its new bona fide prospective purchaser (“BFPP”) guidance for tenants on December 5, 2012. The BFPP definition in … Continue reading

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Speculation over what environmental initiatives the Obama Administration may propose during the next thirty days

With the election over, speculation is rising as to whether the Administration will use the lame duck session and the fractious fiscal cliff negotiations to seize the opportunity to rush through a number of environmental changes. Current speculation includes: 1. … Continue reading

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EPA denies it is using drones to spy on Midwestern Farmers

Somehow a story broke today that the EPA is using drones to monitor Midwestern cattle farmers. It seems that Congressman Latham sent a letter to the EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson stating that “If these reports are accurate, EPA has conducted … Continue reading

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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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