By James L. Curtis, Meagan Newman, and Anne D. Harris

A federal judge sentenced the former president of a Port Arthur, Texas chemical company to one year in prison and ordered him to pay fines in the amount of $5,000 for violations of the OSH Act and making a false statement.

Matthew Lawrence Bowman, the former president and owner
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By Andrew H. Perellis and Craig B. Simonsen

Senator Frank Lautenberg introduced legislation yesterday intended to reduce the risk to communities from attack or catastrophic incident. The proposed legislation would require high risk chemical, oil refineries, and water facilities to assess and develop plans to address their vulnerabilities.  The legislation would also require the highest-risk facilities to use “Inherently Safer Technology&rdquo

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By Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (Plan), published at 76 Fed. Reg. 66286 (October 26, 2011). Members of the public are encouraged to submit comments on the proposed Plan.

EPA plans to develop effluent guidelines and standards for the discharge of wastewater from the Coalbed Methane Extraction

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By Jeryl L. Olson and Eric E. Boyd

On July 7, 2011, the Illinois Pollution Control Board issued a proposal that will for the first time require wastewater dischargers to certain portions of the Chicago Area Waterway System (“CAWS”) to disinfect their discharges.  The Board proposal, in the rulemaking docketed as In the Matter of: Water Quality Standards and Effluent Limitations for

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