Monthly Archives: January 2017

Civil Penalty Framework for PHMSA Enforcement Actions Made Public

Wed Jan 18th, On Environmental Law, by

On October 17, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the Department of Transportation publicly issued a general policy statement concerning their civil penalty framework for violations, to help the public better understand how the PHMSA calculates and imposes civil penalties. As the civil penalty framework was only available upon request prior to this issuance, relevant stakeholders could not account for the potential costs of violation.  With […]

TODAY: Supreme Court To Hear National Association of Manufacturers’ WOTUS Jurisdictional Question

Fri Jan 13th, On Environmental Law, by

Breaking News: Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the Sixth Circuit’s ruling that it has jurisdiction to hear the National Association of Manufacturers and several other groups and states’ challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule, also known as “Waters of the United States” or “WOTUS.” The review of the challenges has been held up in a jurisdictional fight between […]

DTSC Request for Comments on Health and Safety Impact of Nail Product Chemicals

Wed Jan 11th, On Environmental Law, by

On November 15, 2016, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) formally sought stakeholder comments regarding – among other things – the potential health and safety impact of chemicals in nail products (i.e., hazard traits and exposure potential of candidate chemicals as well as alternative “green” chemicals, product formulation differences and how such differences affect both small scale and large scale manufacturers, and manufacturer initiatives to improve nail product […]

Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act is Signed Into Law

Wed Jan 4th, On Environmental Law, by

On December 16, 2016, President Obama signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law, evidencing the Administration’s clear intent to help augment funding for various state and local water projects across the country, and – of particular note to California environmental attorneys and relevant water stakeholders – to push long-term solutions to California’s continuing drought. Goals of the WIIN Act Though the WIIN Act is intended […]

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