Archive | June, 2013

New federal Underground Storage Tank (UST) rules in 2013

24 Jun

Over five years ago US EPA initiated a rule making to update its underground storage tank (USTs) regulations to reflect changes in technology since the rules were issued in the late 1980s and to reflect the requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) in Title XV, Subtitle B.  Many of the updates involve changes to employee training, secondary containment requirements for tanks and piping, adding operation and maintenance requirements, and adding new leak detection and prevention technological requirements, among other updates.  US EPA currently projects that it will publish the final rule in the Federal Register in December 2013.

If you have questions about UST regulations, contact us at 773-609-5320, [email protected], or through our web contact form.

Disclaimer: This article cannot, and does not, create any attorney/client or consultant/client relationship.

 

Governor Quinn signs Illinois fracking law

18 Jun

On Monday, June 17, Illinois Governor Quinn signed House Bill 2615.  The bill reflects an effort by industry as well as several environmental groups to develop meaningful guidelines to regulate fracking in Illinois.  The participating environmental groups took the view that, if they failed to participate in the process, a bill would be passed that did not have sufficient safeguards in place or no bill would be passed and fracking would take place in Illinois without any restrictions whatsoever.  In fact, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has already received well-completion reports for fracking operations as companies look to tap the New Albany Shale formation in southern Illinois.

If you have questions about fracking in Illinois, contact us at 773-609-5320, [email protected], or through our web contact form.

Disclaimer: This article cannot, and does not, create any attorney/client or consultant/client relationship.

 

D.C. battle over EPA Administrator nomination & the future of the D.C. Circuit

10 Jun

Gina McCarthy was nominated to take over as US EPA Administrator over three months ago. Last month her nomination passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to the full Senate for a vote. Needless to say, the leadership of EPA is a source of contention between Republicans and Democrats. As a result Republican senators have been delaying McCarthy’s confirmation vote.

Another set of less obvious nominations that may have even more significant environmental repercussions was made last week. President Obama nominated Robert Wilkins, Nina Pillard, and Patricia Millett for the US D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Since federal agencies are typically sued over proposed regulations in the D.C. Circuit, the D.C. Circuit is a prime battleground for US EPA regulations. In fact, these appointments may be especially important as federal judges are appointed for life, unlike agency administrators who typically last only as long as the President who nominates them, if that long. The judges whose change to Senior Status in the Court of Appeals created two of the three vacancies served for 25 and 26 years. The third vacancy was created when John Roberts was elevated to the Supreme Court. Currently, the D.C. Circuit has four judges selected by Republic Presidents (three judges selected by George W. Bush and one by George H.W. Bush and four judges selected by Democratic Presidents (three by Bill Clinton and one by Barack Obama).

If you have questions about these appointments or how to make your voice heard, contact us at 773-609-5320, [email protected], or through our web contact form.

Disclaimer: This article cannot, and does not, create any attorney/client or consultant/client relationship.

-->