Environmental Law

Tuesday, 16 April, 2024
On March 28, 2024, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published a final rule (the 2024 Rule) that expands the number of facilities required to develop a facility response plan for a worst-case discharge of certain hazardous substances or the threat of such a discharge.[1] Prior to this 2024 Rule, the Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations required an owner or operator of a facility to prepare and submit to USEPA a facility response plan for responding to a worst-case discharge of oil. This 2024 Rule, however, expands the scope of the regulation to also require facilities to prepare and submit a facility response plan for the discharge (or threat of discharge) of CWA-listed hazardous substances.
Thursday, 3 September, 2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently promulgated the new Clean Water Rule for the stated purpose of protecting “the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.” The Rule includes a definition of “waters” of the United States which has far-reaching effects on water use by businesses and municipalities.