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  • EnvironmentalLaw

    Nine AGs sue EPA over non-enforcement policy


    A coalition of nine attorneys general filed a federal lawsuit against the EPA in response to the agency’s policy that it will stop enforcing requirements under a wide range of federal environmental laws during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    The seven worst compliance fails of the coronavirus pandemic


    Compliance and ethics fails during the coronavirus pandemic have done more than hurt companies’ images. They’ve cost lives.

  • EnvironmentalLaw

    House Democrats call EPA enforcement pause ‘threat to public health’


    House Democrats are concerned that a temporary rollback of some environmental regulations will give companies “an open license to pollute” and have requested the EPA provide a briefing on its decisions next month.

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    Coronavirus: The EPA’s greatest excuse, companies’ greatest test of ethics


    As the Environmental Protection Agency abdicates its oversight responsibilities, pointing to the coronavirus pandemic, now is the time for true leaders to lead.

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    Kohler to pay ‘precedent-setting’ $20M over emissions violations


    Kohler must pay a $20 million civil penalty in a settlement reached Thursday with the Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, and state of California over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and California law.

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    Fiat Chrysler vs. Volkswagen: A tale of two emissions cheaters


    Compliance officers and corporate defense teams in the automaker industry should review carefully the consent decrees of Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen for key insight into the sort of compliance obligations the government will expect moving forward as emissions-cheating investigations continue to unfold.

  • Blog post

    States sue to stop EPA’s emissions rule rollback


    A coalition of states, representing approximately 43 percent of the new-car sales market nationally, is suing the EPA to preserve auto emissions standards.

  • Blog post

    AGs sue Trump Administration over Clean Air Act


    A coalition of attorneys general has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration  and the EPA for “ignoring its legal duty to control emissions of methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas, from existing oil and gas operations.”

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    Dem AGs demand Pruitt recusal from EPA attack on Clean Power Plan


    Leading 19 states and municipalities, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has submitted a 30-page comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency citing due process violations arisinge from Administrator Scott Pruitt’s involvement in an effort to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

  • Blog post

    Sen. Duckworth wants FBI investigation on former Trump adviser Carl Icahn


    Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is asking the FBI to launch an investigation into "potential violations of federal law" by Carl Icahn, a billionaire investor and former adviser to President Trump on regulatory matters. Icahn is accused of conflicts of interest connected to that advisory role.

  • Blog post

    EPA head urges cattlemen to denounce WOTUS rule, support repeal


    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appears in a new video that urges the nation’s cattlemen to support and comment on a proposal to repeal the controversial Waters of the United States rule.

  • Blog post

    Court orders EPA to enforce methane rule


    A federal court has ordered the EPA to resume its enforcement of a methane reduction rule imposed during the Obama Administration. Halting the requirements requires a full rulemaking process, it said.

  • Blog post

    A White House win: EPA will rescind 'Waters of the U.S.' rule


    Satisfying an Executive Order issued by President Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers will rescind the Obama Administration's "Waters of the U.S." rule.

  • Blog post

    EPA eases smog rules, is sued over methane emissions


    The EPA is easing up demands placed upon states regarding ozone and smog pollution. Meanwhile, environmental groups are suing over an unrelated retreat from existing rules targeting methane emissions.

  • Blog post

    EPA retreats from Obama-era methane emission rules


    The Environmental Protection Agency is putting a freeze on 2016 rules intended to reduce methane emissions and the release of other pollutants by the oil and gas industry.

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    EPA head touts ‘back-to-basics’ agenda


    During a recent speech, President Donald J. Trump’s pick to head the EPA announced a "back to basics" agenda and plans to undo  rules promulgated during the previous administration.

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    Volkswagen to pay $4.3B in emissions-cheating scandal


    Volkswagen will plead guilty and pay a total of $4.3 billion in criminal and civil penalties resulting from the company’s long-running emissions-cheating scandal. In addition, six Volkswagen employees are indicted in connection with the conspiracy. Jaclyn Jaeger reports.

  • Blog post

    EPA, CFTC agree to share data


    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that allows the agencies to share Renewable Fuel Standard data and analysis, including proprietary business information. Sharing this information, the agreement says, will allow the CFTC to assist the EPA with investigations into ...

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    U.S. Sues Volkswagen Over Clean Air Act Violations


    Image: The Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, today filed a civil complaint against Volkswagen over allegations that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act by installing illegal defeat devices that impaired emission control systems in nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles. In a statement, Barbara McQuade, U.S. ...

  • Article

    Volkswagen Scandal Puts Yates Memo to the Test


    If ever a case of corporate misconduct could drive the Justice Department to follow through on its new promises to prosecute individuals more vigorously, the emissions scandal at Volkswagen is it. Still, finding individual culpability in the case will be difficult, given its focus on surreptitious software. “Figuring out who ...