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Supreme Court Rules Jurisdiction for WOTUS Challenges is District Court

Wed Feb 7th, On Environmental Law, by

The U.S. Supreme Court held that challenges to an Obama-era rule defining the federal government’s authority under the Clean Water Act belong at the district rather than appellate court level, dealing a blow to executive branch agencies that argued appeals courts were the appropriate venue. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that district courts have jurisdiction over legal challenges to the 2015 Clean Water Rule, overruling the Sixth Circuit, which placed […]

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Three Superfund Sites in California Made EPA’s Redevelopment List

Tue Jan 30th, On Environmental Law, by

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified Aerojet General Corp., in Rancho Cordova, MGM Brakes in Cloverdale, and Operating Industries Inc. Landfill in Monterey Park, as NPL sites with the greatest expected redevelopment and commercial potential in California. These three California sites are part of a larger national list of Superfund sites EPA hopes will be redeveloped and become catalysts for economic growth and revitalization in their communities. EPA identified […]

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EPA ANNOUNCES INTENT TO ADD ORANGE COUNTY NORTH BASIN TO THE NATIONAL PRIORITIES LIST

Thu Jan 18th, On Environmental Law, by

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), commonly known as Superfund, requires the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to periodically update its National Priorities List (“NPL”). The NPL is the list of sites of national priority among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States. The NPL guides EPA in determining which sites warrant further investigation. EPA has announced that, on […]

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California Adds Perfluorooctanoic Acid (“PFOA”) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (“PFOS”) to the Proposition 65 list, Continuing Trend of Increased Regulation of perfluorinated chemicals (“PFCs”) Nationwide

Thu Jan 4th, On Environmental Law, by

Effective November 10, 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) added Perfluorooctanoic Acid (“PFOA”) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (“PFOS”) to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Proposition 65.  Although these chemicals have been the target of federal action under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) since 2002, the release […]

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