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While much of recent federal per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) regulatory activity has focused on water supply and soil contamination of PFAS compounds, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) ongoing research and policy initiatives may be laying the groundwork for potential air emissions regulations in the future.

May 20, 2021
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On April 29, 2021, the Senate passed a resolution (the “Resolution”) to disapprove a rule adopted by the Trump administration which lifted certain requirements that had been put in place by an Obama-era methane rule, also known as “Quad Oa.”

April 30, 2021
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EPA’s Administrator very recently issued this response to a petition to object to a Title V permit (issued to a Georgia wood pellet maker), which very helpfully concludes that the Clean Air Act Section 112(r)(1) general duty is not an applicable requirement that must be included in a Title V permit.

January 8, 2021
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On December 14, 2020, the EPA Office of the Inspector General sent a Memorandum to EPA’s head of enforcement, Susan Bodine, informing her that it would undertake an assessment of how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted air-compliance monitoring in states that have received delegated authority to oversee the Clean Air Act.

December 17, 2020
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Last week, the EPA announced two significant settlements for violations of the Clean Air Act relating to emissions of volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”) from upstream oil and gas production facilities…

January 28, 2020
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On December 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened a limited-time opportunity for existing owners of upstream oil and gas facilities to discover, correct, and self-disclose…

December 23, 2019
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In September 2019, a federal district court in Massachusetts ordered the owner of a fuel storage terminal to pay $1.2 million in civil penalties for violations of the Clean Air Act and the Clean…

November 7, 2019
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Making good on President Trump’s promise to corn-growing farmers, on October 28, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking…

November 4, 2019
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On October 4, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signaled an abrupt change to the status quo, by announcing plans to issue a final rulemaking that will increase total renewable fuel…

October 9, 2019
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The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) will no longer use Supplemental Environmental Projects (“SEPs”) in settlements with states and municipalities as a result of a policy change announced August 21…

September 3, 2019
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On May 29, 2018, nongovernmental organizations (“NGOs”), including the Sierra Club, petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Environmental Appeals Board, challenging the federal…

June 21, 2018
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Controversy surrounding a Clean Air Act consent decree has served to highlight changes in environmental enforcement brought about by a June 5, 2017 memorandum from the United States Attorney General…

March 13, 2018