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States and Environmental Groups Sue to Prevent EPA Delay of RMP Rule
By: Matt Ring

On June 15, 2017 — only one day after the EPA delayed the effective date of the updated Risk Management Plan rule — thirteen environmental groups (including the Clean Air Council, Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists) filed suit to prevent the delay.

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Greasing the Wheels of Environmental Remediation
By: Vivek Hadley

Three letters — for a small Texas grocer, it took just three letters to place the grocer on the hook for a costly environmental cleanup. USOR Site PRP Group v. A & M Contractors, Inc., No. 4:14-CV-2441, 2017 WL 3115904 (S.D. Tex. July 21, 2017), which concerned a contaminated former oil recovery and recycling facility, demonstrates how low the bar is to name a party a CERCLA potentially responsible party. 

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10th Circuit Holds United States Liable as “Owner” of Superfund Mining Site
By: Benjamin Wolowski

In Chevron Mining Inc. v. United States, No. 15-2209, 2017 WL 3045887 (10th Cir. July 19, 2017), the 10th Circuit recently held that the United States was liable under CERCLA, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. §§ 9601 et seq as an “owner” of property used for mining.

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The DC Circuit Hands Trump EPA an Early Defeat
By: Jeffrey D. Stemerick

The D.C. Circuit has had its first opportunity to weigh in on the Trump Environmental Protection Agency’s use of administrative authority to roll back nascent Obama-era rules. In Clean Air Council v. Pruitt, 862 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2017), the D.C. Circuit vacated EPA’s decision to stay the effective date of a rule establishing new source performance standards for fugitive methane emissions in the oil and gas industry. The decision casts a shadow on other Trump EPA efforts to use agency discretion to review and reconsider Obama-era rules.

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Gardner and Ring to Speak at 2017 Indiana Environmental Conference

Taft attorneys Will Gardner and Matthew Ring will present at the 2017 Indiana Environmental Conference, which will be held Oct. 23-24 in Indianapolis.

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Bilott to Speak at Irish Center of European Law Annual Environmental Conference

Taft partner Robert A. Bilott will speak at the Irish Center for European Law's annual environmental law conference, which will take place on Oct. 26 in Dublin, Ireland. 

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Gardner Quoted in The Indiana Lawyer

Taft attorney Will Gardner was quoted in the article “Despite Boost From Trump Administration, Coal Faces Rocky Prospects,” which was published in The Indiana Lawyer on Sept. 6. The article discusses the recently released Department of Energy’s Staff Report on Electricity Markets and Reliability that indicates coal production is on the decline, despite President Trump’s pledge to “put coal miners back to work.”

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