Jan 30, 2018

U.S. EPA Targets Faster Cleanups for Superfund Sites in 2018

Superfund site cleanup

The U.S. EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, has set accelerated cleanup at Superfund sites as an Agency goal for 2018.  The Agency insists that the goal is achievable despite the proposed slashing of the program’s funding by 30% for fiscal year 2018.  In May of 2017, Pruitt directed a task force to study how to reshape the Program using the Agency’s current resources.  The report, which makes over 40 recommendations, recommends emphasizing the potential for Superfund sites to be redeveloped or reused and encouraging responsible parties to work with developers eager to redevelop the land.  Another proposed avenue to expedite cleanup… Read more

Mar 21, 2017

Scott Pruitt Withdraws Obama Measure Requiring Reporting of Methane Leaks

Methane Landfill

Scott Pruitt, the new EPA administrator, has withdrawn an Obama era measure requiring oil and gas companies to submit data on methane leaks from their facility to the EPA.  The notice came one day after representatives in the oil and gas states requested that he withdraw the measure.  Many in the oil and gas industry saw the Obama era measure as a prelude to new regulations on existing oil and gas facilities.  The notice, signed by Pruitt, states that the EPA “would like to assess the need” for the “data and reduce burdens on businesses while the agency assesses such… Read more