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Clean Water Act WOTUS Rule Repealed By Trump Administration

Fri Sep 13th, On Environmental Law, by

While attending the ABA SEER 27th Fall Conference in Boston, Bick Law LLP learned directly from Matt Leopold, EPA General Counsel, that the final “Part 1” Waters of the U.S. rule was released yesterday, September 12.  Part 1 is the first of two phases of the WOTUS rulemaking that officially repeals the 2015 WOTUS rule enacted by the Obama Administration.  The preamble addresses the scope of agency authority under the […]

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New Legislation Labels all PFAS as “Hazardous Substances” under CERCLA

In March 2019, a group of senators introduced legislation to classify all Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). If this bill is approved, cleanups pertaining to PFAS chemicals will be “eligible for CERCLA cleanup funds and cost recovery actions.” This motion depicts the continuing efforts to increase PFAS regulation nationwide. In November 2017, the California Office of Environmental […]

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Strikes Down Challenges to 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline

Fri Mar 29th, On Environmental Law, by

On February 19, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an unpublished opinion rejecting multiple petitions for review filed by environmental groups such as Appalachian Voices, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the Sierra Club. The case centers around a 300-mile natural gas pipeline extending from Wetzel County, West Virginia to Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The case arose in December 2017, following the publication of the […]

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California State Water Resources Control Board Announces “PFAS Phased Investigation Plan”

Thu Mar 28th, On Environmental Law, by

On March 6, 2019, the California State Water Resources Control Board announced a “Phased Investigation Plan” for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). Two different kinds of PFAS, Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), are commonly used in various consumer products ranging from carpet to cookware items. Although PFOA and PFOS give these consumer products ideal waterproof and stain-resistant characteristics, these chemicals do not break down in the environment, often […]

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