Five Things to Know About the New Federal Environmental Justice Index and Cumulative Impacts | Vinson & Elkins LLP

Background The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Administrator Michael Regan has expressly identified cumulative impacts as a key part of the agency’s EJ agenda.1 A January 2022 draft paper from the EPA’s Office of Research and Development regarding cumulative impacts explains the agency’s focus on promoting cumulative impact assessments acrossContinue Reading

Prepare Now for the Inevitable EJ Questions: A Practitioner’s Guide to Regulatory Impacts of Environmental Justice | Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

The incorporation of environmental justice (EJ) and civil rights into the environmental agenda of the Biden administration has not been confined to grant making and enhanced visibility. Through a series of executive orders, policies and guidance the administration has created a new regulatory approach to EJ and civil rights thatContinue Reading

General Services Administration Information Request Foreshadows Potentially Significant Rulemaking on Single-Use Plastic Packaging | Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

GSA performs numerous administerial and supportive functions on behalf of the federal government, including procuring goods and services for other agencies. Every year, GSA facilitates the spending of tens of billions of dollars on federal procurement. GSA also maintains the GSA Schedule, a series of pre-negotiated contracts that other agenciesContinue Reading

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Implements Changes to Compliance History Rules | Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Currently, TCEQ annually calculates a compliance history score for regulated entities based on the preceding five years. The current classifications are unsatisfactory, satisfactory or high performers—or unclassified if no compliance information is available for the site. But annual compliance history calculations may not timely reflect emergency events. The new rule,Continue Reading