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Trump’s EPA Relaxes Some Environmental Regulations, Because Coronavirus

Fri Mar 27th, On Compliance Counseling, by

EPA’s head compliance official, Susan P. Bodine, recently announced EPA’s intention to loosen regulatory enforcement for businesses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a memo dated March 26, 2020, Bodine refers to pandemic conditions that have complicated enforcement, including a smaller workforce, social distancing requirements, and travel restrictions. Given all of these sudden, dramatic changes, EPA concludes that “efforts to protect workers and the public from COVID-19 may […]

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California Water Board Issues Guidelines For Regulatory Compliance During COVID-19 Response

Wed Mar 25th, On Compliance Counseling, by

Last week, as part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order requiring all Californians to “shelter in place.” The Order requires all state residents stay at home, leaving only to engage in “essential activities.” The Order identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors that provide services that are essential to the health and well-being of Californians. The sixteen sectors include: chemicals; commercial […]

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Proposed PFAS Regulatory Determinations Published By EPA

Yesterday, March 10, 2020, pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its first proposed Preliminary Regulatory Determinations for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) compounds in drinking water, specifically the two most common long chain compounds, perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The comment period ends May 11, 2020. PFAS Regulation and CERCLA A federal drinking water standard would support EPA’s ongoing […]

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State of California Sues Trump Administration To Save The Chinook Salmon

Fri Feb 28th, On Environmental Law, by

California Sues Trump Administration to Save The Endangered Chinook Salmon Last week, the Trump Administration increased, via a press memo, the amount of water that can be pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary in California. After pumping, this water is to be delivered to the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California for agricultural, municipal, and industrial purposes. How and when water is pumped—and how much of it—from the Delta […]

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