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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.

New York leads coalition alleging EPA is stalling smog designation plan

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Aug. 1 that he is leading a coalition of 16 state attorneys general in a lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Environmental Law and Policy Center, Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie seek disapproval of Ohio impaired water list

AKRON, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – Two organizations are seeking a review of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's list of impaired waters, arguing that the open waters of Lake Erie should be included.

EPA reaches agreement with pharmaceutical company over allegations of violating hazardous waste regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on July 13 that it reached an agreement with Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals Inc. after allegations that the company had violated hazardous waste regulations at its pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Salisbury, Md.

EPA settles with two Southern California plastic product manufacturers

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced July 13 that two Southern California plastic product manufacturers will settle allegations of violating the federal Clean Water Act. According to the EPA, both companies already have returned to compliance with the law.

EPA, Justice Department, Colorado settle with Rocky Mountain Bottle in emissions case

DENVER (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the state of Colorado announced June 30 that Rocky Mountain Bottle Company LLC (RMBC) has agreed to install emissions controls on the glass furnaces at its glass bottle manufacturing facility in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Federal government, Colorado accuse PDC Energy of violating environmental law

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Colorado, on behalf of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), announced June 26 the filing of a civil complaint against PDC Energy Inc. (PDC) for allegations of environmental law violations.

District of Columbia, 14 state attorneys general intervene in Clean Air Council v. Pruitt case

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced June 22 that he has joined a coalition of 14 state attorneys general and the city of Chicago in intervening in Clean Air Council v. Pruitt.

EPA proposes two-year stay on certain requirements of 2016 New Source Performance Standards

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The EPA announced June 13 that it will ensure portions of the agency’s 2016 New Source Performance Standards for the oil and natural gas industry do not take effect until after a reconsideration process.