Environmental Compliance

By James L. CurtisBrent I. ClarkBenjamin D. BriggsMark A. Lies, Jeryl L. Olson, Patrick D. Joyce, Adam R. Young, A. Scott Hecker, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. DOL and U.S. EPA have published their 2022 increases to civil penalties.

We have blogged previously about the
Continue Reading Big Money: OSHA and EPA Civil Penalties Increase for 2022

By Jeryl L. OlsonRebecca A. DavisIlana R. Morady, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: We noted earlier this year that the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) was in the process of updating its Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process. The ASTM Standard
Continue Reading Updated ASTM Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments Just Released

By Jeryl L. OlsonRebecca A. DavisPatrick D. JoyceIlana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the 2021 Multi-Sector General Permit (“MSGP”) for industrial stormwater discharges on January 15, 2021. The 2021 MSGP became effective on March 1, 2021 and replaces the 2015 MSGP for
Continue Reading EPA Issues 2021 Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial Stormwater Discharges

By Jeryl L. OlsonRebecca A. DavisPatrick D. Joyce, Ilana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The ASTM is in the process of updating its Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process.

A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is a report, following ASTM Standards, that identifies recognized
Continue Reading Revision to ASTM Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process

By Jeryl L. OlsonRebecca A. Davis, and Patrick D. Joyce

Seyfarth Synopsis: As the potential for a Presidential administration change moves closer to reality, another dramatic agenda swing is possible in the environmental regulatory world, from an anti-regulation Trump administration to a pro-enforcement Biden administration. While the past four years have been about easing restrictions on
Continue Reading What Now? Post-Election Environmental Outlook

By Brent I. ClarkMark A. Lies, IIAdam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: With Hurricane Laura drenching the Gulf Coast, employers are facing daunting emergencies, safety and health risks, property damage, employee disruption, and re-building.  

Introduction

Authorities are closely monitoring the ongoing hurricane season as Hurricane Laura menaces the southeast coast of
Continue Reading The Rain is Coming Again: Disaster Preparedness, Recovery, and Employee Safety During Hurricane Season

By Jeryl L. Olson, Patrick D. JoyceKay R. Bonza, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: On August 5, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) released a final memorandum on “Guidance on Plantwide Applicability Limitation Provisions Under the New Source Review Regulations.”

The guidance memorandum is, according to EPA, intended to
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Seyfarth Synopsis: Today we will begin posting a monthly summary of our Workplace Safety and Environmental blogs posted over the month, as a way to keep you connected and aware of the latest thought leadership. As always, readers are encouraged to reach out to our authors with and comments or questions raised from the blogs.

First Employer Cited
Continue Reading Roundup of July Workplace Safety and Environmental Blogs

By Jeryl L. Olson, Rebecca A. DavisAndrew H. PerellisPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) has released a pre-publication copy of its proposed amendments to the Air Toxics Standards for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters at Major Source Facilities, 40
Continue Reading EPA Proposes Amendments to Air Toxics Standards for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters NESHAP

By Andrew H. PerellisJeryl L. OlsonPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: On June 29, 2020, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memorandum regarding termination of the COVID-19 temporary enforcement policy. EPA has selected August 31, 2020 as the termination date for its temporary enforcement policy. Also updated were EPA’s Frequent
Continue Reading EPA Ends Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19 Pandemic on August 31