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Changes to Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued proposed regulations regarding the disposal of drugs which the Agency calls “pharmaceutical hazardous waste.” The EPA has concluded that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which was… Read More >

Alert: Michigan’s Section 404 Wetland Program

On December 11, 2013, Region 5 of the U.S. EPA held a hearing on Michigan’s Section 404 Wetland Permitting Program.  Interested parties still have time to submit written comments to the U.S. EPA regarding its… Read More >

Alert: Phase I ESA Changes

The “all appropriate inquiry” rules published by U.S. EPA will probably be updated by the end of the year to include a new standard for Phase I Assessments.  The new standard will  reflect a publication… Read More >

Justice Department Appeals Ruling On EPA’s Final Mine Waste Guidance

The EPA has been dealt yet another blow to its process of handling surface mining permits.  In National Mining Association v. Jackson, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that the EPA… Read More >

Vapor Intrusion Assessment – An Overview

Introduction Redevelopment of contaminated land and land adjacent to contaminated sites can be a relatively straightforward process when you work with a good environmental consultant that understands the special risks and concerns a developer faces. … Read More >

Kalamazoo River Oil Spill – Two Years Later

Two years ago this week an oil pipeline owned by Canadian-based Enbridge oil company and operated by Enbridge Energy Partners ruptured spilling more than a million gallons of “dilbit” crude oil into the Kalamazoo River… Read More >

Lead Based Paint Enforcement Alert

EPA steps up enforcement against contractors disturbing lead paint. Given a recent EPA press release, it appears that the EPA is increasing its enforcement attention on violations of the EPA’s Lead Paint Renovation, Repair and… Read More >

ENERGY STAR – New Guidelines for Homebuilders

Since the EPA rolled out its ENERGY STAR Program for homes in 1995, 1.2 million new home received this designation. The designation is given to homes achieving established energy savings and reduction in greenhouse gas… Read More >