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08 October 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week:

  • California-EPA feud over air and water programs escalates
  • States sue Trump administration over Endangered Species Act rule changes
  • D.C. Circuit acts on EPA “good neighbor” regulation governing 2008 ozone standard
  • Sierra Club sues EPA alleging agency has failed to enforce “good neighbor” requirements for 2015 ozone standard

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26 August 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include

  • DOJ limits use of supplemental environmental projects in settlements with state and local governments
  • D.C. Circuit limits EPA’s ability to roll back or freeze ozone national ambient air quality standards
  • Trump administration updates Endangered Species Act regulations
  • Citizen suit alleging a permit was issued or extended in violation of state and federal regulations cannot be brought against the holder of a valid permit

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29 July 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include:

  • Interest groups kick off challenges to EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule
  • D.C. Circuit upholds EPA decision not to impose new financial assurance requirements on hardrock mining operators
  • Fourth Circuit vacates Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit
  • EPA declines to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos
  • Maryland high court holds that state agency supersedes county zoning boards on solar zoning

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03 July 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week:

  • EPA finalizes Clean Power Plan repeal and promulgates Affordable Clean Energy rule
  • U.S. Senate passes defense bill with PFAS requirements
  • Council on Environmental Quality issues draft guidance on considering GHGs in environmental impact reviews
  • Solicitor General asks for Supreme Court review of Atlantic Coast Pipeline decision
  • EPA air chief steps down

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18 June 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include

  • Trump executive order directs agencies to reduce federal advisory committees
  • D.C. Circuit dismisses Clean Air Act Title V challenge
  • Michigan AG office drops pending Flint water crisis criminal charges
  • EPA updates FY2020-23 National Compliance Initiatives
  • Department of the Interior restores federal mineral lease fees to Obama-era levels
  • TVA agrees to close coal ash pit at Gallatin Fossil Plant

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30 May 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include:

  • U.S. House and Senate hold hearings on per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
  • D.C. Circuit issued two decisions related to small refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
  • California Department of Pesticide Regulation moves to ban chlorpyrifos in California
  • Carbon capture and storage technology receives greater political support with new bill in the U.S. Senate

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08 May 2019

Sidley Environmental Trends

Topics discussed this week include:

  • Clean Water Act groundwater case settlement proposed, potentially ending Supreme Court review
  • EPA issues draft interim cleanup guidelines for PFAS in groundwater
  • EPA reaffirms its stance that glyphosate does not pose risk to human health and is not carcinogenic
  • Virginia will not join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues certificate for natural gas pipeline expansion in Northeast

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