Laws & Regulations

"U.S. Supreme Court Refuses, for Now, To Stop BP Oil Spill Payments

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from BP to block payments to businesses while the oil giant appeals its 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster settlement. For the time being, the decision upholds the ruling by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans that under terms of the settlement, businesses claiming damages from the undersea eruption need not prove direct harm."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 06/10/2014

Will EPA Go Further in Pushing Fracking Fluid Disclosure?

The agency is exploring some of its legal options for improving transparency about fracking fluid. One sign that EPA might be thinking of using its existing Clean Water Act legal authority came when the publication DeSmogBlog published on May 28 a leaked EPA draft suggesting it was considering doing precisely that.

"Probe Finds Scant Oversight of Chemical Plants"

"The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say. Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with states and a raft of industry exemptions point to scant federal oversight, says a new report obtained by The Associated Press."

Source: AP, 05/21/2014
June 11, 2014

Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Management: A Foundation for Corporate Compliance Assurance & Sustainability (an ELI Professional Practice Seminar)

Join the Environmental Law Institute and top Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) experts for a lively seminar in Washington, DC (and via teleconference) on the importance of managing risk; integrating EHS management systems into a company’s culture; and ensuring that sustainability goals and EHS management systems work together to drive compliance and manage performance.

May 29, 2014

Oil Pollution Act Update

Join the Environmental Law Institute as its expert panel brings you up to speed on developments in oil pollution law and discusses related issues. The event (in Washington DC and via teleconference) is free and open to the public. Register by May 26.

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