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

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly developed and released guidance that is generally intended for everybody, whether a business, a school, a
Continue Reading Joint CDC/EPA Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

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

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced interim guidance for the Agency’s regional offices to “ensure that decisions about new or ongoing cleanup activities at sites across the country are made with the
Continue Reading EPA Guidance Concludes COVID-19 Can Constitute Force Majeure Event for Parties Performing CERCLA/RCRA Remediation

By Jeryl L. OlsonAndrew H. Perellis, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in support of the U.S. Government’s overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced a temporary enforcement discretion policy regarding environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

EPA’s recently-released temporary enforcement discretion policy, COVID-19 Implications
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By James L. Curtis, Brent I. Clark, and Craig B. Simonsen

iStock_000009254156LargeSeyfarth Synopsis: OSHA is sponsoring a “Safe + Sound Week,” another example of a more cooperative approach to worker safety and health issues.

We had blogged previously on OSHA’s launch of the “Safe and Sound Campaign” webpage, calling on employers to review their safety
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By Brent I. Clark and Craig B. Simonsen

iStock_000009254156LargeSeyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has recently “launched” a “Campaign for Safety & Health Programs,” that it indicates is an approach that has been proven by “best in class” employers to reduce injuries and illnesses and improve their businesses.

In a recent news release out of OSHA’s Region 7, it notes that OSHA’s
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By Wan Li, Andrew S. Boutros, Kay R. Bonza, and Craig B. Simonsen

China map icon with a recycle iconSeyfarth Synopsis: The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection has just announced criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement statistics, and put companies on notice that those who violate environmental laws and rules may face blacklisting, including restrictions to their future business endeavors.

We have previously written
Continue Reading New Eye-Popping Statistics: Multinationals Operating in China Should be Aware of Increased Enforcement of Chinese Environmental Laws as Well as the Potential for Blacklisting

By Wan Li, Andrew H. Perellis, and Craig B. Simonsen

China map icon with a recycle iconIn the last twelve months the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been remarkably vocal about environmental law, monitoring, and fraud, especially under the new environmental law and supplemental measures.

For instance, the MEP announced on June 16, 2015, that
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By Andrew H. Perellis and Craig B. Simonsen

Power Lines and Pulp Mill PollutionThe U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just issued a report on Critical Infrastructure Protection with a finding that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) action is needed to verify chemical facility information and to better manage its compliance process. Report to Congress, GAO-15-614 (July 2015).

Risk Level for Facilities

The Report states
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By Andrew H. Perellis and Patrick D. Joyce

Supreme CourtIn a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the EPA acted unreasonably when it refused to consider the cost of implementing its Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS).

The MATS rule, issued in 2012, established emissions limits from power plants for mercury, filterable particulate matter, and hydrogen chloride. 

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