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Taft's environmental attorneys practice in all facets of environmental law, including Superfund defense and negotiation, enforcement defense, cost-recovery for plaintiffs and defendants, criminal environmental defense, environmental insurance and toxic tort litigation, mold and sick building litigation, lawsuits involving environmental problems discovered as a result of real property transfers or mergers and acquisitions, Brownfields redevelopment, defense of claims of occupational exposures, and administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies. Taft's environmental lawyers also are regularly engaged in insurance disputes concerning environmental issues and agricultural issues involving CAFOs and CFOs. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with insights from our team that may be of interest to yours.

On Feb. 13, DuPont publicly disclosed that it has reached a settlement in principle to resolve the C-8 personal injury multi-district litigation now pending in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, for $670.7 million. The litigation arises from a 2001 class action lawsuit involving DuPont's contamination of the drinking water supplies of approximately 70,000 people in West Virginia and Ohio with the toxic chemical PFOA (also known as C-8).
Taft partner, Rob Bilott, served as one of the co-lead counsel for the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee and has been quoted extensively in the media regarding the settlement. Read more here

Taft Welcomes New Environmental Team Members 
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Taft is pleased to welcome Matt Ring and Vivek Hadley to our Environmental group.

Matt is an associate in Taft's Cincinnati office. He previously worked at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and also served as a legal extern for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District.

Vivek is an associate in Taft's Indianapolis office. Prior to joining Taft, he clerked for Judge John G. Baker of the Indiana Court of Appeals.
Delaware Company to Pay $3.5 Million for Environmental Crimes 
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A Wilmington, Del., corporation, International Petroleum Corporation, was sentenced in early February to a $1.3 million fine and forced to pay $2.2 million in restitution to the city of Wilmington for environmental crimes, including conspiracy to violate the Clean Water Act.

President Trump's Executive Order Regarding Waters of the United States and his Deference to Justice Antonin Scalia: Does it Even Matter?

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On Nov. 28, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency published the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, offering improvements to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's Hazardous Waste Generator Regulatory program enacted in 1980. The new rule brings over 60 changes, which are intended to clarify existing requirements, increase flexibility and improve the rule's usability by the regulating community. This article summarizes a few of the more significant changes.

EPA Proposes to Remove Gasoline Volatility Restrictions for Cincinnati and Dayton Areas 
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The EPA has proposed to approve a revision to Ohio's Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan to loosen restrictions on fuel additives refiners may use during summer months.

Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA requires summertime fuels to have a Reid Vapor Pressure below 9.0 pounds per square inch in ozone attainment areas and below 7.8 psi in ozone nonattainment areas. RVP is a measure of the rate at which a fuel evaporates. The rule is intended to prevent generation of ground-level ozone (which peaks during summer months) by limiting volatile organic compound emissions.

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March 2017 Issue
DuPont Settlement Announced for C-8 Personal Injury Litigation
Taft Welcomes New Environmental Team Members
Delaware Company to Pay $3.5 Million for Environmental Crimes
President Trump's Executive Order Regarding Waters of the United States
EPA Proposes to Remove Gasoline Volatility Restrictions for Cincinnati and Dayton Areas


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