Monthly Archives: February 2018

Department of Interior Proposes a Series of Controversial Changes to Offshore Drilling Regulations

Thu Feb 22nd, On Environmental Law, by

The Department of the Interior (DOI) recently proposed a series of new changes to offshore drilling regulations as a part of President Trump’s sweeping de-implementation of Obama-era regulations and policies. These changes will affect both the scope of offshore drilling operations in federal waters around the United States as well as the safety standards in place at each facility. These revisions are included as a part of a new budget […]

Chemical Manufacturers and Distributors Face Increased Exposure to California Agency Cost-Recovery Actions Under Broad Causation Standard

Tue Feb 20th, On Environmental Law, by

A recent ruling by the California Court of Appeal may have some hazardous substance manufacturers concerned that they could more frequently be the target of cost recovery actions by California agencies who have remediated redevelopment sites.  In City of Modesto et al., v. The Dow Chemical Company et al., 19 Cal.App.5th 130 (2018) (“City of Modesto”), the court expanded on an earlier holding that the Polanco Redevelopment Act (Cal. Health […]

Environmental Impact of Glitter

Wed Feb 14th, On Environmental Law, by

Valentine’s Day has become synonymous with flowers, candy, balloons, and cards but one thing that often accompanies many of these gifts is not actually so cheery.  Scientists and environmental experts are calling on the public to eliminate one Valentine’s staple from their celebrations today and throughout the year: glitter. Environmental experts argue that glitter is a direct environmental threat to aquatic environments worldwide.  Most glitter is made of plastic and, […]

Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Extended to Cover Groundwater in Ninth Circuit

Tue Feb 13th, On Environmental Law, by

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion on February 1, 2018, in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. Co of Maui requiring NPDES discharge permits for discharges to groundwater that connects to surface water.  This case has potentially significant ramifications for Superfund site cleanups involving reinjection or spreading grounds for treated contaminated groundwater, as well as municipalities, golf and recreation areas, agriculture, and businesses that contain stormwater onsite in unlined ponds that […]

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