Superfund Task Force Provides Recommendations and Goals for Superfund Program in Report

Tue Aug 22nd, On Environmental Law, by

In May 2017, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt formed a Superfund Task Force with the goal to streamline and improve the Superfund program. On August 10, 2017, the new Superfund task force provided recommendations on cleaning up sites currently on the NPL in an expedited manner. The task force is cross populated with representatives from the Office of Land and Emergency Management and the Office of Enforcement and […]

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“Sham Recycling” Hazardous Waste Rule Under Scrutiny

Wed Aug 16th, On Environmental Law, by

The definition of “solid waste,” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, came under scrutiny as the D.C Circuit Court ruled on Am. Petroleum Inst. v. Envtl. Prot. Agency, No. 09-1038, 2017 WL 2883867 (D.C. Cir. July 7, 2017) on July 7th.  By striking down restrictions that were added in 2015, this ruling altered an EPA hazardous waste rule to appear more similar to its 2008 form.    The D.C […]

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CERCLA Preempts State Law Damages Claims

Fri Aug 11th, On Environmental Law, by

On May 19, 2017, in Bartlett v. Honeywell Int’l, Inc., (N.D.N.Y. May 19, 2017), the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York dismissed common law claims for property damages based on CERCLA preemption.  Plaintiffs alleged their property was damaged because it is adjacent to a property used to store and treat dredged sediment from the Onondaga Lake Bottom Superfund Site. The Plaintiffs asserted three causes of action: […]

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Environmentally Conscious Shareholders Require Companies to Assess Climate Change Policies on Business Portfolios

Thu Jul 6th, On Environmental Law, by

On May 31, shareholders of ExxonMobil Corp. (“Exxon”) approved a proposal that would require Exxon to publish an annual assessment of the long-term portfolio impacts of global climate change policies (the “Proposal”).  Exxon joins two other major companies, Occidental Petroleum (“Occidental”) and PPL Corp. (“PPL”), where shareholders approved similar proposals requiring additional reporting on the business impacts of climate change policies. The proposals at Exxon, Occidental, and PPL all cite […]

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