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Superfund PRPs to Closely Monitor Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Gregory A. Christian, et al., Set for Oral Argument December 3, 2019

Tue Nov 12th, On Environmental Law, by

Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Gregory A. Christian, et al. (Case No. 17-498) is set for oral argument before the Supreme Court on December 3, 2019, and the outcome could have broad implications for private parties seeking to recoup costs from PRPs for cleanup activities that are beyond the scope of EPA’s chosen remedy under CERCLA. The case involves the Anaconda Smelter Superfund Site in Butte, Montana.  Contamination from the Anaconda […]

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Trump Administration Announces New Rules That May Weaken Endangered Species Act

Thu Sep 26th, On Uncategorized, by

In efforts to conserve endangered and threatened species, Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act of 1973 into law.  The Act establishes various programs to aid threatened species of fish, wildlife, and plants in the United States.  Subsequently, the Act has saved over two hundred species from extinction, including “the peregrine falcon, the humpback whale, the Tennessee purple coneflower and the Florida manatee.”  Under the Act, authority is given to […]

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Counterintuitive Climate Solution Aims for Atmospheric Restoration

Wed Sep 25th, On Uncategorized, by

On May 20, 2019,Nature Sustainability published a study detailing a seemingly counterintuitive climate solution, seeking atmospheric restoration by converting one greenhouse gas into another. Global warming has been commonly attributed to the increasing levels of carbon dioxide; however, studies suggest “methane is 84 times more potent in terms of warming the climate system over the first 20 years after its release.” Rob Johnson, the lead author of this Stanford-led paper, claims […]

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DOT Releases One National Program Rule; EPA Revokes California’s CAA Waiver for Vehicle Emissions

Fri Sep 20th, On Environmental Law, by

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule yesterday that the Trump Administration calls the “One National Program Rule.” See “The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule Part One: One National Program,” RIN 2127-AM20 (Sept. 19, 2019), also known as The Preemption Regulation. This new rule gives the DOT and the EPA the right to set national fuel economy standards that preempt […]

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