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The Nanoscale Rule

Posted in Environment
On May 12, 2017, EPA’s first rule regulating chemical substances produced at the nanoscale will take effect as part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”).  The Nanoscale Rule, part of TSCA Section 8(a), will require all current and future manufacturers and processors to report to EPA when such nanoscale chemical substances are produced in… Continue Reading

U.S. E.P.A. Agrees to Review Drilling Waste Regulations to Settle Suit

Posted in Energy, Environment
In May of 2016, environmental groups sued the U.S. E.P.A., alleging that the agency failed to review and revise its regulations and state waste management plan guidelines regarding waste materials from oil and gas production as required by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 42 U.S.C. § 6901 et seq.  On December 28, 2016, the court… Continue Reading

TSCA Reform: Major Chemical Management Changes on the Horizon

Posted in Articles, Environment
The Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) became law in 1976 with the objective of regulating chemicals in commerce that posed an “unreasonable risk of injury to human health or the environment.”  While originated with good intent, TSCA had become a stale law that lacked clarity for industry and regulators alike.  Now, after years of legislative… Continue Reading

EPA: Hydraulic Fracturing Has Not Led to Widespread Impacts to Drinking Water

Posted in Energy
An EPA study released on June 4th, 2015 concludes that hydraulic fracturing activities “have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources.” On this question, the study is reported to be “the most complete compilation of scientific data to date, including over 950 sources of information, published papers, numerous technical reports, information from… Continue Reading

EPA Proposes New Oil Spill Regulations

Posted in Energy
From the EPA: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend requirements under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to improve the nation’s ability to plan for and respond to oil spills. This proposal addresses issues raised by the public, responders, government, and industry officials during the 2010 Deepwater… Continue Reading

Environmentalists Sue U.S. EPA Over Disclosure of HF Chemical Data

Posted in Energy
A coalition of environmental groups have sued the U.S. EPA to compel the agency to require the disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. More from Bloomberg: The nine environmental and open-government groups bringing the suit want the EPA to require that oil and gas companies join coal mines, electric utilities and other industries in reporting deadly… Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Holds U.S. EPA Can Question Pre-Construction Emission Projections

Posted in Environment
On March 28, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that U.S.EPA has the authority to challenge pre-construction emissions projections and may bring an enforcement action against a company operating without a construction permit.  Under the Clean Air Act, a proposed project that would result in a “significant emissions increase” constitutes… Continue Reading

House Committees Question U.S. EPA Over Budget

Posted in Energy
Two subcommittees of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce questioned the Administrator of U.S. EPA on the agency’s proposed budget.  From a House press release:  "“Based upon what I see, only about one percent less spending is proposed from last year. With such a minimal decrease from an agency whose funding has skyrocketed under… Continue Reading

The EPA’s Common Sense Initiative and Its Legacy on the Finishing Industry

Posted in Environment
Anthony J. Giuliani, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, analyzed  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 1994 “Common Sense Initiative”  in an article published in the February edition of Products Finishing Magazine. Giuliani, a member of the firm’s energy and environmental practice group, found that – although the program… Continue Reading

Ohio EPA Issues Renewal Industrial Storm Water General Permit with New Requirements

Posted in Environment
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) has issued its final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Industrial Storm Water General Renewal Permit. This permit is significantly different than Ohio EPA’s previous industrial storm water general permit, which included broad, non-facility specific, permit requirements. This final renewal permit now mirrors U.S. EPA’s Multi-Sector Industrial Storm Water… Continue Reading