U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) News

21-state coalition backs proposed EPA plan to allow states more authority over regulations

By Marian Johns | Nov 14, 2018

LTTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is the latest to join a 21-state coalition that submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in favor of the Trump administration's proposal to end the Clean Power Plan.

Multistate coalition of attorneys general blasts EPA proposal to cut carbon pollution rules

By Marian Johns | Nov 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a multistate effort to oppose a Trump administration proposal to do away with federal regulations that place limits on fossil-fuel power plants' carbon emissions.

Chevron to make safety improvements, pay $2.95 million penalty for Clean Air Act violations

By Marian Johns | Oct 29, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chevron USA Inc., (Chevron) will pay nearly $150 million for safety improvements as well as a $2.95 million civil penalty and $10 million in community environmental projects as part of a settlement with federal agencies over Clean Air Act violations.

U.S. settles charges against Heritage Thermal Services for alleged Clean Air Act violations

By Marian Johns | Oct 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Allegations of Clean Air Act violations by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against Heritage Thermal Services Inc., have reached a proposed settlement, according to the federal government.

Tulsa midstream energy provider to pay $25 million civil penalty

By Marian Johns | Sep 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Tulsa midstream energy provider has agreed to pay a $25 million civil penalty and retire 36 million renewable fuel production credits to settle charges by the federal government that the company violated the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

Ninth Circuit Appeals Court tells EPA to ban pesticide within 60 days

By Marian Johns | Aug 15, 2018

NEW YORK — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has agreed with New York state in the banning of a pesticide that has been documented to harm neurological development in children.

Chicago, Illinois attorney general battle U.S. over EPA designations for several counties

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

CHICAGO — The city of Chicago and the Illinois attorney general have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over a new rule that they say does not reduce dangerous smog in and around Illinois.

Hawaii joins 19-state coalition challenging EPA's rollback of Clean Air Rule

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

HONOLULU — Hawaii has joined a 19-state coalition and the District of Columbia that is challenging the Trump administration's rollback of the Clean Air Rule, which the coalition says will cost Americans an additional $193 billion to $236 billion in gas and will add carbon emissions.

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: EPA Settlements Resolve Alleged Violations of Toxic Chemical Reporting Requirements by Four New England Companies

By Press release submission | Jul 21, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced settlements with four New England companies that resolve alleged violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), which requires companies and organizations to report their use and release of toxic chemicals.

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Justice Department, EPA Reach Settlement with MFA Incorporated and MFA Enterprises Incorporated to Address Alleged Chemical Accident Prevention Violations

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have entered into a consent decree with MFA Incorporated, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, and its wholly owned subsidiary MFA Enterprises, Incorporated (collectively, “MFA”), to address alleged chemical accident prevention and preparedness violations under the Risk Management Program of the Clean Air Act.

Attorneys general coalition targets EPA over hydrofluorocarbons use

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a coalition of 11 attorneys general who filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in an effort to fight what they allege is the agency's "illegal" decision to allow companies to use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in their products.

9 state attorneys generals join legal effort challenging EPA directive

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Attorneys generals for nine states have joined forces to file an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs who are fighting an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) directive which prohibits scientists who received EPA grants from serving on the agency's advisory committee.

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: U.S. EPA Reaches Agreement with Herzog Wine Cellars to Prevent Unlawful Wastewater Discharges

By Press release submission | Jun 25, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement with Herzog Wine Cellars over violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Nonprofits allege EPA, Fish and Wildlife Service failed to complete consultation on insecticide

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Three nonprofit agencies allege federal agencies have failed to comply with the Endangered Species Act regarding the registration of an insecticide.

EPA settles with 2 plastic manufacturers after alleged violation of Clean Water Act

By Mark Iandolo | May 25, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced May 16 that Modern Concepts Inc. and Double R. Trading Inc., two plastic manufacturers in Southern California, will pay a total of $35,000 for allegations of violating the Clean Water Act.

MarkWest to pay $610,000 for alleged Clean Air Act violations

By Mark Iandolo | May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced April 24 that MarkWest Liberty Midstream Resources LLC and Ohio Gathering Company LLC (MarkWest) will pay $610,000 and perform three supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) after allegations of violating the Clean Air Act and the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act.

Hawaii company agrees to close large-capacity cesspool

By Mark Iandolo | May 15, 2018

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced May 8 that N.F. Kawakami Store Ltd. (NFK), the property owner of the Koloa Big Save Supermarket in Hawaii, will settle allegations of failing to close a large-capacity cesspool on the premises.

Justice Department, EPA settle with energy company that allegedly violated Clean Air Act at reservation

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 26 that XTO Energy Inc., a company based in Houston, will settle allegations of violating the Clean Air Act at the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Justice Department, EPA secure $20 million from companies involved with Bunker Hill Mine

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 12 that the owner of the Bunker Hill Mine, Placer Mining Company Inc. (Placer Mining), has agreed to settle allegations relating to its cleanup liability in Idaho’s northern panhandle.

Dole to pay $145,000 to EPA after not removing cesspools in Hawaii

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 28, 2018

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 20 that Dole Food Co. Inc., a producer of fruits and vegetables, will pay $145,000 and replace two large-capacity cesspools (LCC) with state-approved septic systems at its Puuiki Beach Park property on the island of Oahu.

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