EPA and Environment Canada issue report on health of Salish Sea

Submitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On July 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment and Climate Change Canada released their joint “The Health of the Salish Sea Report” analyzing 10 indicators of the health of the Salish Sea, the shared estuary that includes the Strait of JuanContinue Reading

Inside Track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability - In the media, In practice and courts, Cases and Legislation - Real Estate and Construction

The EPA has made public an April 30 memo from the acting assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) to the national and regional enforcement managers that signals clear and specific enforcement policy expectations, at least in the stressed communities and environmental justice context (referred toContinue Reading

EPA Announces $200k Under the American Rescue Plan to Fund Environmental Justice Initiatives in Hartford, Conn. | U.S. EPA News Releases

News Releases from Region 01 07/14/2021 BOSTON — On June 25, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will provide $50 million dollars for Environmental Justice (EJ) initiatives through funds allocated to EPA under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The City of Hartford’s Department of Health andContinue Reading

EPA Announces Plans To Strengthen Environmental Justice Efforts Regarding Waste And Superfund | Vinson & Elkins LLP

For the second time in as many weeks, the acting head of the EPA’s enforcement office has issued a memorandum (the “Memorandum”) outlining additional actions to advance the EPA’s environmental justice (“EJ”) goals. The Memorandum, dated July 1, 2021, focuses on cleanup obligations of hazardous substances. We previously covered the acting head’sContinue Reading

City, EPA question commissioned environmental study

This graphic shows the EPA’s contamination plume and potential sites to test for contamination based on Mundell’s findings.  Graphic provided by Mundell and AssociatesA recent study commissioned by a group of local parents presents a hypothetical spread of contaminants from the Amphenol/Franklin Power Products site, but local and federal officialsContinue Reading

Plastic baled for recycling.

The U.S. EPA is considering changing the calculation methodology for determining the nation’s recycling rate. | Rokas Tenys/Shutterstock If a process breaks down scrap plastics into chemicals that are later used to make new plastic, should the federal government consider that “recycling?” What if the end product is a fuelContinue Reading

For the EPA, a moment of reckoning

In 2017, during an especially dark moment in the history of environmental regulation, Jill Lindsey Harrison embarked on a bold project: She began writing a book critical of the EPA. Is it fair to criticize the good guys when there’s no shortage of villains to expose? Absolutely, argues Harrison. NobleContinue Reading

EPA Environmental Justice in Toxic Reporting Program Updates

Last month, EPA announced a planned update of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting program, incorporating several additions.  The updates would expand the TRI program by adding new chemicals, facilities, and tools to increase accessibility of data.  The goal, according to EPA’s statement, is “to advance Environmental Justice, improve transparency, and increaseContinue Reading