Monthly Archives: April 2020

Tips For Improving Air Quality While Sheltering In Place

Mon Apr 20th, On Sustainability, by

Now that we are all stuck at home, it is a good time to check out our indoor air quality.  What could be polluting the air in your home? Pollutants can include emissions from combustion devices and gas-fired appliances, such space heaters, ranges, ovens, stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, and water heaters; cleaning supplies; pet dander; house dust mites; and mold.  In particular, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all constantly cleaning […]

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COVID-19 Silver Lining – Low Gasoline Prices – But at What Cost?

If you live in California, you may have noticed the steep decline in prices at the pump. You can thank the U.S. EPA for that.  Every spring, gas prices seem to skyrocket. The difference between summer- and winter-grade gasoline involves the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) of the fuel. RVP is a measure of how easily the fuel evaporates at a given temperature. The more volatile a gasoline (higher RVP), the […]

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An Update on Trump’s “Take” on the Migratory Bird Act – Cross Motions for SJ Filed

The U.S. Department of Interior recently argued that, prior to the Trump Administration, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”), 16 U.S.C. § 703(a), had been improperly enforced. According to the Department of Interior, the Act’s original intent was to criminalize the intentional killing of protected birds.  Opponents to the Department of Interior’s interpretation have argued that the Act applies strict liability, such that accidental killing or injuring migratory birds resulting […]

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Vapor Intrusion Investigations and Emergency Actions May Continue, As EPA Issues Interim Guidance Regarding Possible Delays In Superfund and RCRA Response Actions and Site Work During COVID-19 Pandemic

Fri Apr 10th, On Compliance Counseling, by

Today, EPA issued its “Interim Guidance on Site Field Work Decisions Due to Impacts of COVID-19.” This guidance provides important information for regulated entities, consultants, EPA’s partners, and the public concerning response actions at Superfund and RCRA sites. It is a follow-up to EPA’s previous Memorandum on March 27, “COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program,” which did not cover CERCLA and RCRA response actions and enforcement actions, […]

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