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    Andy has provided environmental legal services to industrial, commercial and governmental clients for over 30 years. Andy's practice is concentrated in environmental law. He assists clients with permitting, remediation ...

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) hopes to spur electronic filing by offering an attractive incentive to Indiana certified wastewater operators who are first-time users of NetDMR, a web-based system for filing Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMR), Monthly Monitoring Reports (MMR) and Monthly Reports of Operation (MRO). Certified wastewater operators ...

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, all persons who sell or purchase solvents for use in a cold cleaner degreaser operation are required to keep the records specified in 326 IAC 8-3-8(c) including the true vapor pressure of the solvent. (The true vapor pressure is defined as “the equilibrium pressure exerted by a petroleum liquid as determined in accordance with methods described in American ...

On Dec. 20, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized changes to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (also known as NESHAP) for industrial, commercial and institutional boilers and process heaters located at major and area sources of hazardous air pollutants. The adjusted standards, originally finalized in March 2011, have been marked by ...

As part of its continual effort to improve transparency with the public, the U.S. EPA has rolled out a new interactive map which shows facilities subject to federal and state enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The map is available on U.S. EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) web service at ...

Under mounting concerns that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed tightening of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone would impede economic recovery and reduce employment, President Obama today issued a press release announcing that the proposed  rule has been withdrawn.  By pulling the plug on the stricter ozone standard, the 0.75 ppm standard ...

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International recently published a new standard, which provides guidance on complying with the “continuing obligation” requirements that are found in certain statutory defenses to CERCLA liability such as the innocent landowner defense, contiguous property owner defense and the bona fide prospective purchaser ...

The U.S. EPA recently announced a series of four proposed air emissions regulations for the oil and natural gas industry. The proposal includes:

  • a new source performance standard for volatile organic compounds (VOC); 
  • a new source performance standard for sulfur dioxide (SO2);
  • an air toxics standard for oil and natural gas production; and
  • an air toxics standard for natural gas ...

The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that they are extending the public comment period for their recently released draft guidance on the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act. The comment period, originally set to expire on July 1, 2011, has been extended 30 days. All comments must now be submitted by July 31, 2011. The guidance is being issued to provide ...

The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released a joint draft to provide guidance on waters covered by the Clean Water Act. “Draft Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act” is an attempt to clarify jurisdiction. The EPA is seeking comments on the joint draft, which would put the following waters under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act:

    U.S. EPA is seeking comments on the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The EPA is developing guidance on diesel fracking under the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Fracking is a technique used to economically extract natural gas from low permeability deposits such as shale. Fracking involves pumping large quantities of water mixed with sand or ...

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