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On January 9, 2017, EPA issued a final rule adding subsurface intrusion (SsI) as a component to the Hazard Ranking System (HRS), which is the mechanism that is used for determining the eligibility of sites for CERCLA’s National Priorities List (NPL).  The rule allows the threat of subterranean vapor migration into regularly occupied structures to

Last week the Environmental Law and Policy Center, (ELPC) a Midwest-focused public interest environmental legal advocacy organization, held a post-election briefing outlining its plan for action during the Trump presidency.   Featuring prominently in the presentation was the launch of ELPC’s High Impact Environmental Litigation Program, or HELP.   The organization envisions a platoon of pro-bono attorneys

Donald Trump is set to assume the presidency on January 20, 2017.  At Environmental Law Next we are taking a look at what that will mean for American environmental law.  We will be providing our own perspective as well as directing our readers to the insights of others that are keeping an eye on what

A group of waste industry trade associations and waste management and recycling companies is challenging the EPA’s recently finalized Clean Air Act rule that revises Emission Guidelines for existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The National Waste & Recycling Association is among those that petitioned the United States Court of Appeals for the District of

California is taking action to mitigate the climate change impacts of “super pollutants” – compounds such as methane, black carbon and HFC gasses that have a short lived but significant warming effect on the planet. Among the objectives of the new law concerning short-lived climate pollutants is a 40 percent reduction in the state’s methane

A federal district court for the Central District of Illinois issued an opinion interpreting the scope of the maintenance exemption to the Clean Water Act’s (CWA) prohibition of the discharge of dredge and fill material into waters of the United States. The case, Quad Cities Waterkeeper Inc. v. Ballegeer, Case No. 4:12-cv-4075, raised the