EPA

June 11, 2018

Federal court issues preliminary injunction to Obama WOTUS Rule . . .

A federal district court in Georgia has issued a preliminary injunction, staying the Obama Clean Streams Law, which sought to clarify the federal government’s jurisdiction of Waters of the U.S. under the Clean Water Act.  A number of States, including Georgia, West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin filed suit in […]
May 7, 2018

EPA announces new audit policy (and self-reporting) to addresss significant noncompliance in oil and gas industry . . .

New Owner Clean Air Act Audit Program for Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Facilities Related Information Materials from February 2018 Oil and Natural Gas Roundtable to enhance coordination and communication, and ensure responsible domestic energy production Unconventional oil and gas New Owner Audit Program The EPA is in the process of developing a New […]
February 12, 2018

White House Infrastructure Plan and EPA Budget Priorities

Two documents hot off the press today, EPA FY2019 Budget and White House Infrastructure Plan.
September 30, 2017

States Champion Cooperative Federalism as New Environmental Paradigm

Many believe that the best way to maximize the protection of human health and the environment in a time of constrained resources is to elevate State and local agencies to full partners with their federal overseers. Taking full advantage of the expertise developed by such agencies over the forty-plus years since major air, water and […]
June 28, 2017

Trump EPA Repeals Obama Clean Water Rule

This week, the Trump EPA published proposed regulations that would repeal the Obama EPA’s clean water rule, which has been mired down in litigation since it was proposed in 2014.   The Trump rule, if promulgated, would recodify the regulations that existed prior to the Obama rule, setting up a showdown with environmental groups who […]
June 28, 2017

EPA Introduces the Trump Political Team

EPA’s leadership this week introduced the Trump political team in an email from Chief of Staff, Ryan Jackson. *** From: Message from the Chief of Staff Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:07 PM To: Message from the Chief of Staff <messagefromthechiefofstaff@epa.gov> Subject: Introducing EPA Political Appointees Dear Colleagues, Last weekend marked the 120th day since […]
May 8, 2017

GAO Issues New Report on Drinking Water SRF

Here is a link to the new report.  CRS DWSRF Report 5-3-2017. Summary The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the federal authority for regulating contaminants in public water supplies. It includes the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program, established in 1996 to help public water systems finance infrastructure projects needed to comply with […]
April 18, 2017

Regulatory Reform at U.S. EPA Under Way

EPA has made some moves on the Regulatory Reform Effort. On February 24th the President issued an Executive Order (EO 13777) requiring a report by mid-May from each Government department or agency proposing the roll back of unduly burdensome federal regulations. This EO operates in concert with EO 13771 (February 3, 2017) which directs all agencies […]
March 26, 2017

Top Areas of Environmental Reform in Trump Era

The Environmental Law Institute this week issued a new report identifying where the action is going to be in the Trump Administration with regard to environmental policy.  Here is ELI’s list of those areas – the report can be found in its entirety ELI Report – Reg Reform in Trump Era: FACT SHEET 1: Reversing […]
March 1, 2017

President Trump Issues E.O., Readying to Rescind Clean Water Rule

This week, President Trump issued an Executive Order that signals the beginning process for rescinding the Obama EPA’s rule redefining Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act. The E.O. can be found here, but it’s included below in its entirety. Because the Rule is subject to the notice-and-comment requirements of the Administrative […]