Department Contacts


August 1, 2016 | Posted by Ted Lamm | Permalink
On July 25, 2016 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a finding that aircraft emissions of six greenhouse gases (GHGs), including carbon dioxide, are endangering public health and welfare by contributing to climate change (the Endangerment Finding). The Endangerment Finding does not initiate any immediate regulation of aircraft GHG emissions, but is the first step necessary in for EPA to promulgate such regulations. read more
July 20, 2016 | Posted by Ted Lamm | Permalink
On July 15, 2016 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new final rule limiting greenhouse gas and other emissions from newly constructed municipal solid waste landfills, together with emissions guidelines for existing landfills. EPA estimates that the new standards, will cover over 1,100 new and existing facilities at a combined compliance cost of approximately $60 million by 2025. read more
June 23, 2016 | Posted by Ted Lamm | Permalink
On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Act), enacting a number of reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that are aimed to modernize and streamline the federal law. read more
February 10, 2016 | Posted by Ted Lamm | Permalink
On February 9, 2016 a divided United States Supreme Court issued an emergency stay of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, blocking enforcement of the power plant rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) until the resolution of pending litigation regarding their legality, which is anticipated later this year. read more
August 5, 2015 | Posted by Ted Lamm | Permalink
On Monday, August 3, 2015, President Obama announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Clean Power Plan rule, which will sharply cut emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from existing power plants in the United States. The final rule will reduce nationwide GHG emissions from power plants to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, though targets will vary by state. This mandate is more stringent than the 30 percent bar set in EPA’s June, 2014 proposed rule (although deadlines for finalizing state plans have been relaxed), and represents the most significant climate change regulation to date in the United States. read more
May 7, 2014 | Posted by Karen Mintzer 5/7/2014 | Permalink
Under the Clean Air Act, states are required to adopt State Implementation Plans that comply with the “Good Neighbor Provision” of the Clean Air Act, by including adequate provisions that prohibit in-state emission sources from emitting air pollutants in amounts that contribute significantly to nonattainment of national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in neighboring states. On April 29, 2014, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule implementing the Good Neighbor Provision. This rule, also known as the Transport Rule, requires states to reduce nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions if they are contributing significantly to exceedences of NAAQS in downwind states and allows EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan setting emissions limits for states whose SIPs have been deemed inadequate because they do not satisfy the Good Neighbor Provision. read more
October 9, 2013 | Posted by Karen L. Mintzer 10/9/2013 | Permalink
On September 30, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a record of decision documenting its final selection of a remedy for cleanup of the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site in Brooklyn. The cleanup addresses contaminated sediments in the canal and continuing sources of contamination outside the canal, including overflows from the New York City combined sewer system that result in the discharge into the canal of untreated domestic sewage and contaminated stormwater. EPA estimates that it will take another three years to complete design of the remedy and six years after that to implement the cleanup. read more