EHS Compliance

September 21, 2018

Is your company prepared to weather the next severe storm event?

Have you or your company looked at the EHS readiness of your facilities ahead of when the next hurricane arrives?  Last year’s Harvey and this past week’s arrival of Florence put into sharp focus the risks facing companies that don’t plan or respond effectively in the wake of such a catastrophic incident.  With the increased occurrence of severe weather […]
May 20, 2018

EPA Proposes Changes to Risk Management Program . . .

Final Amendments to the Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule   Update On May 17, 2018, EPA’s Administrator signed a proposed rule requesting public comment on several proposed changes to the final RMP Amendments issued on January 13, 2017. For more information, please see: Proposed Risk Management Program (RMP) Reconsideration Rule. On June 9, 2017, the EPA […]
February 8, 2018

New EPA Enforcement Guidance – “No Surprises” Approach with States

EPA’s Chief Enforcement Officer, Susan Bodine, has issued guidance on EPA and state coordination with a focus on cooperative federalism.  Interim OECA Guidance on Enhancing Regional-State Planning and Communication on Compliance Assurance Work in Authorized States, Jan. 22, 2018. Among other things, the guidance requires EPA Regional Offices to develop procedures to better communicate and […]
November 12, 2017

Trump Taps Next OSHA Chief

President Trump is filling out his regulatory team with the recent nomination of Scott Mugno to lead OSHA.  Dubbed the “Brain Coach” to FedEx’s Championship Drivers, Scott brings a distinguished record to the role with his experience at FedEx Ground where he oversees Safety, Sustainability and Maintenance and previously served as the Managing Director for FedEx […]
November 1, 2017

Clean Air Act Settlement Indicates Enforcement Remains a Significant Tool in in this EPA's Tool Box

The civil settlement between EPA, DOJ, Colorado and the PDC Energy should let those in the oil and gas sector know that the civil cop remains on the beat at the EPA.  And although this settlement may have more of a compliance focus than some in the past, it is reasonable to assume that enforcement in this sector, including […]
January 10, 2017

Earth & Water Mentioned in The Washington Lawyer

Sarah Kellogg of The Washington Lawyer pens a piece on the benefits – both to a client and lawyer’s quality of life – of virtual law firms, and Earth & Water Group is mentioned. [T]he adoption of virtual practices, albeit slow, has ensured that both firms and lawyers can address billing rate pressures, reduce costs […]
November 30, 2016

Earth & Water Launches Environment, Health, Safety and Security Roundtable

Over 20 senior corporate EHS leaders met today in Washington, DC to launch EHS2 – Earth & Water’s Environment Health, Safety and Security Roundtable. EHS2 is a membership forum for senior EHS leaders to come together to address current and emerging legal, technical and operational risks and challenges they face across all regulated sectors and […]
November 4, 2016

Increased Alignment of E and HS (and Enforcement) and What it Means to Your Company

This past week, John Cruden, DOJ’s top environmental prosecutor, offered the keynote address at the ABA Environmental Section’s annual conference.  Cruden offered a lot of useful information and a glimpse into Next Generation compliance (and enforcement).  What many may be unaware of is that DOJ has made the issue of worker safety a top priority […]
September 9, 2016

EHS Auditing is More Than Just Box-Checking

Author: Brent Fewell, Founder, Earth & Water Group Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with a group of seasoned EHS auditors and share my perspective as a lawyer on the importance and role of auditing in ensuring effective compliance. I focused my remarks on the red flags that an auditor should watch for during an audit […]
August 16, 2016

E&W Summer Newsletter – Tips and Trends for EHS Leaders

E&W’s summer newsletter is now available here.  Check out the latest enforcement trends and key takeaways for corporate EHS leaders and managers.  If you are interested in receiving our quarterly newsletter and information regarding upcoming events, please visit our website at www.earthandwatergroup.com and sign-up for a free subscription.