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EPA withdraws request for information from oil, gas companies

Mark Iandolo Mar. 16, 2017, 9:41am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 2 that it is withdrawing its request that owners and operators in the oil and natural gas industry provide information on equipment and emissions at existing oil and gas operations, effective immediately.

Texas, 18 other states urge EPA to end alleged federal overreach

Mark Iandolo Mar. 16, 2017, 8:48am

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced March 7 that he has joined 18 other states in a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt urging an end to alleged federal overreach. 

Brady Sullivan to pay EPA penalty of $90,461 after alleged RPP violations

Mark Iandolo Mar. 15, 2017, 10:02am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Feb. 28 that it had finalized a settlement agreement with Brady Sullivan Millworks II LLC and Brady Sullivan Millworks IV LLC (Brady Sullivan) after an alleged failure to follow lead-safe work practices and provide proper lead paint disclosure to tenants at a Manchester, New Hampshire, residential property.  

D.C. joins six states in opposing Trump's executive order regarding Clean Water Act

Mark Iandolo Mar. 9, 2017, 8:48am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Feb. 28 that he has joined six state attorneys general in opposing President Trump’s executive order that Trump described as paving the way for the elimination of the Clean Water Rule (also known as the Waters of the United States Rule, or WOTUS).

EPA announces settlement in Oregon with Nygaard Land

Mark Iandolo Mar. 2, 2017, 8:32am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Feb. 8 that Martin Nygaard and Nygaard Land LLC will begin a major wetland restoration effort on 72 acres of formerly wooded property that Nygaard owns and cleared.

Chevron, Western Nuclear settle allegations related to uranium mine waste on Navajo land

Legal News Line Mar. 2, 2017, 8:27am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Feb. 9 that Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Western Nuclear Inc. have settled in separate agreements over allegations related to uranium mine waste at the Mariano Lake and Ruby Mines on the Navajo Nation.

Wilson Oil settles alleged Clean Water Act spill violations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 14, 2017, 8:37am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Feb. 2 that Wilson Oil Inc., doing business as Wilcox & Flegel Oil Co., has agreed to settle allegations of Clean Water Act spill prevention violations at its Longview Terminal facility in Longview, Washington.

EPA settles with 3 companies that allegedly violated Kansas RRP Rule

Mark Iandolo Feb. 9, 2017, 1:09pm

LENEXA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 15 that three companies will pay civil penalties after allegedly violating the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule at the Kansas City Power & Light (KCPL) building in Kansas City, Missouri.

EPA finalizes saftey measures to protect consumers from herbicide paraquat hazards

Mark Iandolo Feb. 9, 2017, 1:08pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 15 the finalization of safety measures created to prevent poisonings caused by ingestion of the herbicide paraquat. Paraquat can cause severe injuries or death from skin or eye exposure.

Bandit Industries to pay $3 million to settle EPA allegations of violating Clean Air Act

Mark Iandolo Feb. 3, 2017, 9:31am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Jan. 18 that Bandit Industries Inc. has agreed to settle allegations of violating the Clean Air Act when selling non-road diesel engines and equipment used in wood processing that failed to meet government standards.

Magellan settles spill claims, will pay $16M in injuctive relief

Mark Iandolo Feb. 3, 2017, 9:31am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice on Jan. 19 reached a settlement with Magellan Pipeline Company L.P. for alleged Clean Water Act violations related to a fuel spill.

Hancock Foods settles EPA allegations related to Clean Air Act compliance

Mark Iandolo Feb. 3, 2017, 9:30am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Jan. 19 that Hancock Foods, which owns a blueberry processing facility in Hancock, Maine, has agreed to comply with federal requirements designed to protect the public and first responders from hazardous chemicals.

Matson to pay $725,000 for alleged Clean Water Act violations in Honolulu Harbor

Mark Iandolo Feb. 2, 2017, 11:57am

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Jan. 19 that Matson Terminals Inc. has agreed to pay $725,000 in civil penalties after allegations of Clean Water Act violations related to a September 2013 molasses spill into Honolulu Harbor.

EPA's regional haze rule beaten back by lawsuit

Dawn Geske Jan. 24, 2017, 12:05pm

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional haze regulations in Texas and Oklahoma has been put on hold by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth District.

EPA reaches agreement with Smith Cove for cleanup of Callahan Mine Superfund Site

Mark Iandolo Jan. 17, 2017, 9:25am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Jan. 6 that a settlement has been reached to facilitate cleanup of the Callahan Mine Superfund Site in Brooksville, Maine.

EPA complaint against Syngenta, other policies in doubt under new Trump pick, advocate says

Karen Kidd Jan. 11, 2017, 10:16am

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) – President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environment Protection Agency has many wondering what will become of the agency's activities, including a pesticide complaint filed last month over an incident on Kauai a year ago, a workplace advocate said.

U.S. agencies settle for $40 million with 100 parties in Petersen/Puritan Superfund site case

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:07am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Protection (RIDEM) announced Dec. 23 they had reached a $40 million settlement with defendants to ensure cleanup of “Operable Unit Two” of the Peterson/Puritan Inc. Superfund site in Cumberland and Lincoln, Rhode Island.

EPA, Connecticut town agree to storm water system upgrade

Mark Iandolo Jan. 5, 2017, 9:25am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 19 that the city of West Haven, Connecticut, has agreed to make changes to its storm water system, ensuring the protection of local waterways.

EPA to conduct emergency response cleanup at closed Indianapolis facility

Mark Iandolo Jan. 5, 2017, 8:52am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 15 it had started an emergency response action to clean up the vacant Williamson Polishing & Plating building in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood of Indianapolis.  

EPA fines Western Solutions $25,000, alleges violations of cleanup agreement

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 9:01am

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 20 that it has assessed Western Solutions Inc. a $25,000 fine for violating a chemical cleanup order issued by the agency in 2010.