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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

U.S EPA Releases New Vapor Intrusion Guidance

Posted in Environment
Today, U.S. EPA released two technical guidance documents to support assessment and mitigation activities at sites where vapor intrusion is an actual or potential concern, including sites being evaluated under CERCLA and the corrective action provisions of RCRA. The guides present EPA’s current recommendations for identifying, evaluating and managing vapor intrusion.  EPA notes that the… Continue Reading

EPA Finalizes Rule for Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals

Posted in Environment
On December 19, 2014, U.S. EPA finalized a rule for the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR) in landfills and surface impoundments.  The rule establishes requirements, under Subtitle D of RCRA, for both existing and new CCR landfills and surface impoundments, including structural integrity requirements, groundwater monitoring and corrective action, liner design criteria, operating criteria,… Continue Reading

RCRA Exemption Challenged

Posted in Energy, Environment
Two decades ago, following substantial study, U.S. EPA determined that many oil and gas E&P wastes were exempt from regulation as hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).  It concluded instead that these wastes could be better controlled through existing state and federal regulatory programs.  While the subject of perennial complaints by… Continue Reading