The Environmental Integrity Project (“EIP”), a self-described “watchdog organization that advocates for effective enforcement of environmental laws,” has issued a report and filed five lawsuits regarding environmental issues in Texas, all in the month of July. Groups such as EIP have become more active, and better funded, since the election of President Trump and his […]Read more "Environmental Integrity Project Continues Hig Profile Texas Activity"
On July 17, the Texas Tribune published “A Pass to Poison: How the state of Texas allows industrial facilities to repeatedly spew unauthorized air pollution – with few consequences.” Starting with the title, the article is highly critical of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”), especially regarding enforcement. The article will not spur any […]Read more "Texas Tribune Article Highly Critical of TCEQ"
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“DC Circuit”) eased restrictions on recyclers and generators of recyclable materials by striking parts of the EPA’s latest rule relating to the definition of “solid waste”. The DC Circuit (with one judge dissenting), issued American Petroleum Institute v EPA, the most recent development in […]Read more "DC Circuit Strikes Parts of EPA’s “Solid Waste” Rule"
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“DC Circuit”) ruled that EPA could not issue a stay of new source performance standards regulating fugitive emissions from oil and gas operations (“Methane Rule”). With this ruling, the Methane Rule remains in effect. Staying a Rule Is Rulemaking The Methane Rule became effective […]Read more "DC Circuit Says EPA Cannot Stay Methane Rule"
On June 14, 2017, the Michigan Attorney General (“AG”) filed manslaughter charges against five current or former government officials. The charges stem from the death of a Flint resident from Legionnaire’s Disease. Criminal charges against government officials generally make headlines, as do charges against businesses or their managers. Against one official, the charges assert that […]Read more "Manslaughter Charges in Flint, Michigan Water Controversy: What Ramifications for Businesses?"