COVID-19 Stops The Supreme Court – Pending Environmental Cases on Hold

Mon Apr 6th, On Environmental Law, by

The U.S. Supreme Court has postponed its April 20th argument session, the last session of the year, making it unlikely that cases will be heard and opinions issued before July when the court typically goes on summer recess. The last time the Supreme Court closed its doors to the public due to an epidemic was during the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918, when the court postponed oral arguments by a […]

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COVID-19 Follow Up – Investigations, Citizens’ Suits, and Criminal Enforcement

Fri Apr 3rd, On Compliance Counseling, by

After our post about COVID-19 and the EPA’s Enforcement Discretion Guidance Memo, we received follow up questions. Although this blog does not provide legal advice, we thought this was a critical question to consider. How do environmental consultants abide by “stay-at-home” orders and environmental agency regulatory requirements simultaneously? Although the analysis varies state by state, generally speaking, environmental investigation and remediation necessary to protect against imminent harm to public health […]

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Bick Law LLP’s Environmental Compliance Lawyers Help Companies Navigate Compliance During COVID-19 Pandemic

Wed Apr 1st, On Compliance Counseling, by

On March 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued “COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program,” explaining how EPA plans to exercise enforcement discretion in response to certain forms of noncompliance, or delays in compliance, that are caused by COVID-19. The policy is retroactive to March 13, 2020, and EPA will provide seven days’ advance notice prior to terminating the temporary policy. COVID-19 Compliance Policy The purpose […]

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Stanford Earth Scientists Develop Emissions Tracking Tool to Reduce Climate Change Impacts from Electricity Usage

Tue Mar 31st, On Sustainability, by

If companies could see how much electricity they’re consuming and what their emission level is every hour of the year, they could shift their operations to better match the carbon-intensity of the grid. Scientists at Stanford University, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, have developed a precise way to measure power plant emissions hour-by-hour, twenty-four hours a day, which will allow companies to reduce their carbon footprint in real […]

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