Nov 15, 2017

EPA Proposes Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

On October 16, 2017, EPA proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”), more formally known as the “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electrical Generating Units.” The CPP aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electrical power generation by 32 percent by 2030, relative to 2005 levels, through emissions standards for fossil… Read more

Nov 6, 2017

Landmark Solar Energy Procurement Agreement Approved by Atlanta City Council

Solar Panels

Building on his successful work to establish a previously non-existent market in Georgia for direct sale of electricity from onsite solar systems owned by solar companies, Steve O’Day has represented SGR client Cherry Street Energy in securing, negotiating and preparing its Solar Energy Procurement Agreement (SEPA) to place solar systems on the rooftops of 28… Read more

Nov 1, 2017

EPA Enforcement Action Signals Heightened RMP Oversight

Chemical Storage Sign

In August, EPA announced a Consent Order with ChemArt Company of Lincoln, Rhode Island to correct alleged violations of EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) under the Clean Air Act.  The Consent Order included a civil penalty of $221,326 and a supplemental environmental project (SEP) requiring ChemArt to reduce its stockpile of hazardous materials, including chlorine,… Read more

Oct 26, 2017

Federal Court in Rhode Island Invalidates Superfund Unilateral Administrative Order

Map of Rhode Island

The U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island has agreed with a PRP that portions of a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) for cleanup of the Centredale Manor Restoration Project Superfund Site in North Providence, Rhode Island were arbitrary and capricious.  Emhart Industries, Inc. v. New England Container Company, Inc., et al, (August 17,… Read more

Oct 16, 2017

EPA Initial Rules Under TSCA Amendments Challenged in Court

BioHazard labels

EPA issued several final rules to implement the recent bipartisan amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) on June 22.  The final rules included regulations on how it will prioritize chemicals as either high or low priority for review, and how it will evaluate high priority chemicals.  Several lawsuits were filed challenging the rules. … Read more

Oct 10, 2017

TVA Appeals U.S. District Court Order for Removal of Coal Ash

Coal Energy Plant

The TVA has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to review an August 4 Order by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee to dig up and remove coal ash from its Gallatin, Tennessee site.  In response to a lawsuit filed by conversation groups in April of 2015,… Read more

Oct 4, 2017

OSHA’s Enforcement of the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard: What to Expect

High Rise Construction Workers

On September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) began enforcement of the new respirable crystalline silica in construction standard, codified at 29 CFR § 1926.1153. This standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average Permissible Exposure Limit (“PEL”) of 50 μg/m3, an action level of 25 μg/m3, and a “host of ancillary requirements.” In… Read more

Oct 2, 2017

States, Cities and Private Businesses Put U.S. Halfway to Paris Climate Accord Goal

Sustainable Earth

According to a study released on September 25 by New Climate Institute and the Climate Group, efforts by states, cities and corporations to fight global warming have put the United States halfway toward its Paris accord climate goal even as President Donald Trump rolls back federal environmental efforts.  The efforts by public and private leaders… Read more

Sep 25, 2017

Power Plants Get Two Year Reprieve from Parts of Wastewater Discharge Rule

Smoke Stacks

Power plants will not have to meet new limits until 2020 for toxic wastewater that comes from using air pollution control systems and transporting bottom furnace ash.  The USEPA announced that it was postponing by two years compliance dates that would be required for more than 1,000 power plants nationwide as it reconsiders how strictly… Read more

Sep 13, 2017

SGR Congratulates Client, Cox Enterprises for their Water Conservation Initiatives at Manheim Georgia

Earth in a water drop coming out of a faucet

The Georgia Water Coalition’s inaugural Clean 13 Report highlights extraordinary efforts on the part of businesses, industries, local governments, non-profits organizations, and individuals to protect the water and natural resources of Georgia. “Around the state, businesses and communities are making a difference for clean water,” said Joe Cook, advocacy and communication coordinator with Coosa River Basin… Read more