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California challenges EPA, Army Corp of Engineers over Clean Water Rule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Feb. 6 that California will join a coalition of 11 states in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) over their decision to suspend the Clean Water Rule, which was enacted in 2015 under the Obama administration.

Shell to install $10 million In pollution monitoring equipment to settle U.S. charges

NORCO, Louisiana — Shell Chemical Company LP has agreed to install $10 million worth of pollution monitoring and control equipment at its Louisiana Norco Chemical facility as part of a settlement for the company allegedly violating the Clean Air Act and state laws.

California leads coalition in defending the Clean Power Plan from potential dismantling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Jan. 9 that he is leading a coalition of 19 states and municipalities in defending the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The coalition drafted a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about proposed rulemaking to dismantle the CPP.

EPA: StarKist Co. to pay $6.5 million after alleged Clean Water Act violations in Samoa

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 26 that StarKist Co. and its subsidiary, Starkist Samoa Co., have agreed to pay $6.5 million after allegations of violating stormwater rules of the Clean Water Act at a tuna processing plant in American Samoa.

EPA, Louisiana reach Clean Air Act settlement with Orion Engineered Carbons

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 22 that, along with the state of Louisiana, it reached a Clean Air Act settlement with Orion Engineered Carbons LLC worth more than $101.3 million.

Rhode Island attorney general joins lawsuit against EPA for protection against downwind pollution

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has joined seven other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), seeking to force the agency to protect upwind states from downwind state's pollution, in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

New York attorney general leads coalition urging House to reject EPA budget cuts

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Dec. 21 that he is leading a coalition of 12 states and the District of Columbia in urging the U.S. House of Representatives to reject budget cuts for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

U.S., Pennsylvania reach agreement with company that allegedly violated Clean Air Act

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 20 that ArcelorMittal Monessen LLC (AMM) will settle allegations of violating the Clean Air Act with a payment of $1.5 million divided equally between the U.S. and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. AMM will also implement air pollution controls worth roughly $2 million.

EPA: D.C. Circuit Court extends deadline for farmers to comply with CERCLA, EPCRA provisions

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 22 that the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the deadline for farmers to comply with two statutes—the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

EPA: Boston sand, gravel company to pay $120,000 after alleged Clean Air Act violations

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 3 that sand and gravel company Kimball Sand will pay $120,000 and reduce hazardous air pollution emissions after a recent settlement.

EPA: Seattle seafood company agrees to replace ozone-depleting refrigerants

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 16 that U.S. Seafoods of Seattle has agreed to pay $135,000, implement enhanced leak detection practices and replace freezer equipment after allegations the company violated the Clean Air Act after two fish processing vessels released ozone-depleting substances into the air.

ExxonMobil to spend $300 million to install pollution control systems at Texas, Louisiana facilities

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) announced Oct. 31 that Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to spend roughly $300 million to install air pollution control technology at eight petrochemical facilities in Texas and Louisiana.

Justice Department, EPA secure Clean Air Act settlement with Denver's PDC Energy

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the state of Colorado announced Oct. 31 that PDC Energy Inc. agreed to resolve allegations of violating the Clean Air Act when it failed to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions at its facilities in the Denver area.

EPA: Macy's to pay $375,000 to resolve hazardous waste violations

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Oct. 25 that Macy’s Retail Holdings Inc. (Macy’s) will pay $375,000, correct violations and develop an environmental training program for employees after allegations of hazardous waste regulation violations.

Maryland alleges EPA failed to act on petition on electric generating units

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – The state of Maryland alleges that the U.S. EPA failed to act on a petition it sent regarding electric generating units in neighboring states.

HSUS, other groups allege EPA failed to act on air pollution petition

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Several nonprofit groups have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that it has failed to act on a petition they submitted years ago regarding what they claim is one of the largest sources of air pollution in the county.

EPA reaches settlement with Ricoh Electronics over alleged substance reporting failures

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Aug. 24 that Ricoh Electronics Inc. has agreed to settle allegations of inaccurate reporting on chemical substances by paying a $245,900 penalty and changing its business practices.

EPA secures cesspool shutdown agreement with Hawaii company

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Aug. 24 that the owner of two Big Island hardware stores and a commercial property has agreed to close four large-capacity cesspools (LCCs) at properties in Naalehu, Kamuela and Hilo, Hawaii.

EPA settlements include public report of chemicals

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Aug. 24 that three Connecticut companies have agreed to publicly report on their use of required toxic chemicals, which the agency says will help create a safer environment for the public. The companies each agreed to separate settlements.

Sierra Club, Environmental Integrity Project file suit against Pruitt over alleged inaction on petition

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Two nonprofit environmental groups allege that U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has failed to respond to their petition.