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Two Birds, One Wall

Thu Jan 16th, On Environmental Law, by

In the late seventies, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service began buying pieces of land along the Texas-Mexico border. This collection of land, assembled over decades into 135 individual tracts of nearly 105,000 acres, were part of an effort to protect the Rio Grande Valley of Texas from development and farming. Although the area has since become a quagmire of illegal immigration and drug smuggling, it is also one […]

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EPA Advances Clean Trucks Initiative

Wed Jan 15th, On Environmental Law, by

On Monday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it plans to advance the Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI) in New York and New Jersey. The Cleaner Trucks Initiative is a part of the regulations allowed under the Clean Air Act and seeks to develop cleaner emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks. This week’s announcement is an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the second step in the process begun in late […]

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Superfund PRPs to Closely Monitor Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Gregory A. Christian, et al., Set for Oral Argument December 3, 2019

Tue Nov 12th, On Environmental Law, by

Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Gregory A. Christian, et al. (Case No. 17-498) is set for oral argument before the Supreme Court on December 3, 2019, and the outcome could have broad implications for private parties seeking to recoup costs from PRPs for cleanup activities that are beyond the scope of EPA’s chosen remedy under CERCLA. The case involves the Anaconda Smelter Superfund Site in Butte, Montana.  Contamination from the Anaconda […]

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DOT Releases One National Program Rule; EPA Revokes California’s CAA Waiver for Vehicle Emissions

Fri Sep 20th, On Environmental Law, by

The Clean Air Act allows California to impose its own greenhouse gas standards and zero emission vehicle program. This changed this week when the Trump Administration announced its “One National Program” Rule. The One National Program Rule (also known as the Preemption Rule) gives the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the right to set national fuel economy standards. These standards preempt any similar state […]

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