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Federal Report Recommends Safety Guidelines for Natural Gas Storage

Wed Nov 30th, On Environmental Law, by

In early 2016, Congress and the Obama Administration created a Federal Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety to investigate the SoCalGas natural gas leak at their Aliso Canyon storage facility – the largest natural gas storage leak in the history of the United States.  Investigation of the Aliso Canyon gas leak accident by the Task Force was meant to inform their various recommendations on how to minimize the […]

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New Regulation Governing Water-Related Energy Use and Emissions

Fri Nov 25th, On Environmental Law, by

On September 24, 2016, California Governor Brown approved Senate Bill (SB) 1425, which creates a voluntary registry to track greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from water use.  Registrants include those organizations regulating and enforcing water use, various large-scale consumers of water (both private and public), and any entities conducting business in the state of California.  The registry established by SB 1425 is intended to help the government develop a more […]

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New GHG Emissions Reduction Targets

Wed Nov 23rd, On Environmental Law, by

On August 24, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 32 and Assembly Bill (AB) 197, setting up stricter emissions reduction targets for greenhouse gases (GHG).  Together, the two bills introduce several new reporting and emissions initiatives that many believe will help California GHG emitters meet their targets.  Of course, our environmental litigation attorneys are well aware of the fact that approval of such legislation has seen its […]

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GAO Report Reveals Improper Management of the EPA Superfund Program

Fri Nov 18th, On Environmental Law, by

In September 2016, US Senators Jim Inhofe and Mike Rounds released a report conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), that investigated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) management and cleanup of Superfund contaminated sediment sites.  The GAO report reveals continued, systemic problems with the EPA’s management of such Superfund sites, and makes various recommendations for improving how the EPA approaches associated investigation, coordination, and cleanup processes. More specifically, the GAO […]

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