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Taft's Rob Bilott and the DuPont Legal Battle Featured in Hollywood Movie "Dark Waters" and New Book "Exposure" This Fall

The story inspired by Taft partner Rob Bilott and his pivotal role in a legal battle with DuPont will appear on the big screen and in print later this fall.

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In Sentencing Order, Trucking Company Ordered to Pay $3 Million for Illegal Transport of Hazardous Materials
By: Ina Avalon

On June 11, 2019, a federal judge in California ordered Wiley Sanders Truck Lines, Inc. (Wiley Sanders) to pay $3 million for illegally transporting more than 128,000 pounds of hazardous battery recycling waste from the now-closed Exide Technologies battery recycling facility in Vernon to a company in Bakersfield. The sentence also placed the Alabama-based trucking company on probation for three years. Of the $3 million payment imposed, $1.5 million (the statutory maximum) are criminal penalties, and the remaining $1.5 million is a community service payment to the Exide Residential Assistance Fund, which supports residents affected by lead contamination near the facility.

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PHMSA Issues Final Rules Overhauling Pipeline Safety
By: Ina Avalon

Each year, the nation’s pipelines deliver trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of billions of ton-miles of liquid petroleum products. On Oct. 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published three final rules in the Federal Register aimed at strengthening the safety of more than 500,000 miles of onshore gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines throughout the U.S. and enhancing PHMSA’s authority to issue an emergency order to address unsafe safety conditions or hazards that pose an imminent threat to pipeline safety.

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Developer Convicted for Removing and Disposing of Asbestos in Violation of the Clean Air Act
By: Fernando Diaz

On July 30, 2019, A Kansas developer was found guilty on charges of removing and disposing of asbestos in violation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) during demolition and renovation of a country club in Lawrence, Kan.

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Company Sentenced to Probation & Penalties, Employees Indicted on Federal Criminal Charges for Failing to Comply with Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment Requirements
By: Erica Spitzig

Pretreatment requirements for industrial wastewater users are often thought of as a local issue. Local municipal wastewater treatment utilities, known as Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs), are required as part of their national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permits to regulate wastewater discharges from industrial users under the national pretreatment program. See Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 307(b); 40 C.F.R. pt. 403. But as one company—and two of its employees—recently learned, the pretreatment program can be enforced by federal, state or local agencies—and criminal penalties can be levied.

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EPA Evaluating Application for Experimental Pesticide to Combat Mosquitos
By: Chase Dressman

EPA recently received an application for an experimental use permit that would allow Oxitec, a British biotechnology company, to study the use of genetically engineered mosquitos to reduce populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitos, which can transmit several diseases of significant human health concern, such as Zika virus and dengue fever. 

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We encourage you to visit our Environmental Law LinkedIn Showcase page, where additional articles are published.
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