Goldman Sachs Names South Africa the Top Emerging Market Destination for 2015 Investments

The Annual Frontier & Emerging Markets Forum, an annual convention that brings together business leaders and companies to discuss the outlook for frontier and emerging markets, took place in April 2015in Johannesburg. According to South Africa’s Engineering News, Colin Coleman, International Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, named South Africa the top emerging market destination for investments…

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M&A Antitrust Regulation Changes: What you need to know

Since 2008, there has been an enormous increase in antitrust scrutiny by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in mergers and acquisitions. While many attribute this increase to the political agenda of the Obama administration, M&A Advisor and Merrill Datasite point to another cause…

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How Will The 2015 USEPA Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) Affect Your Facility?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) stormwater regulations established National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements in 1990 for “stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity”…

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USEPA Alert on Minimizing and Reporting Environmental Releases During Extreme Weather

Timely due to the recent flooding in Texas, on May 22, 2015, USEPA issued a reminder that as hurricane season begins, companies should minimize process shutdown related releases and report environmental releases as required…

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New York Overhauls Brownfields Effort

On April 13, 2015, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) signed legislation April 13 to revamp the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), extending it for 10 years and changing the terms of the program’s tax credits (S. 2006), thus, confirming the BCP is here to stay…

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Clean Water Rule Finalized on May 27, 2015

On May 27, 2015, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and US Army finalized the Clean Water Rule intended to clarify what waters are protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act (CWA) spurred by two Supreme Court decisions from 2001 and 2006. The Clean Water Rule will be effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. According to the New York Times, the Clean Water Rule applies to about 60 percent of the nation’s water bodies…

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USEPA Issues Final Rule Under Section 612 of Clean Air Act Approving Five Refrigerants as Acceptable for Several End Uses

On February 3, 2015, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) signed a final rule written under Section 612 of the Clean Air Act for publication in the Federal Register approving five flammable refrigerants substitutes, difluoromethane (also known as hydrofluorocarbon- (HFC)-32) and four hydrocarbons—ethane, isobutane, propane, and the hydrocarbon blend R-441A—as acceptable for several end uses…

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China Increases Court Cases against Polluters

According to the Wall Street Journal article, “China Sees Surge in Court Cases against Polluters,” written by Te-Ping Chen on March 12, 2015, Chinese courts heard almost nine times as many cases against polluters in 2014 than the year before, which Chen deems evidence of the government’s campaign to clean up China’s environment after years of lax enforcement…

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Wetlands Adjacent to Tributaries of Navigable are Jurisdiction of Clean Water Act, According to U.S. Court of Appeals

In a March 10, 2015, unpublished opinion, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed its earlier decision and agreed with the district court to uphold the 2009 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdictional determination by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for wetlands adjacent to a tributary of the Northwest River in southeastern Virginia1

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USEPA Proposal for First Direct Regulation on Methane to Impact Oil and Gas Emissions for Obama Climate Change Strategy

On January 14, 2015, the Obama administration unveiled plans to regulate methane emissions from the nation’s oil and natural-gas industry for the first time…

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NPDES Permits Are Not Protected from Clean Water Act

In a recent case in West Virginia, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Inc. v. Fola Coal Co., LLC, No. 2:13-5006 (S.D.W.V. Jan. 27, 2015), brought under citizen suit, US District Court for Southern District of West Virginia determined that the wastewater discharges of a coal mining operation was subject to a Clean Water Act (CWA) and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) despite absence of a specific effluent limit in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit…

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West Virginia House and Senate Judiciary Committees Consider House Bill 2574 / Senate Bill 423 to Alter 2014 Senate Bill 373 (the Aboveground Storage Tank Act)

On February 3, 2015, a bill was introduced to alter the 2014 Senate Bill 373 (the Aboveground Storage Tank Act) by limiting the regulations only to tanks larger than 10,000 gallons and within the “zone of critical concern” of a drinking water intake…

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USEPA Upholds Penalty for Hazardous Waste Violations at Virginia Chemical Distributor

According to a News Release dated February 19, 2015, on the USEPA Newsroom website, USEPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) upheld the results of a hazardous waste storage USEPA enforcement action initiated in 2011…

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Get to Know the Changes in the Recent Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) Rulemaking

Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published final revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) Rule (January 13, 2015; 80 FR 1694).  This modifies the USEPA’s 2008 DSW rule to protect human health and the environment from the mismanagement of hazardous secondary material, while promoting sustainability through the encouragement of safe and environmentally responsible recycling of such materials.

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USEPA Report Concludes Streams and Wetlands Affect Downstream Waters

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) report released on January 15, 2015, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters:  A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence, streams, wetlands, and other open waters influence the health of downstream waters…

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2015 USEPA Regulatory Agenda Includes Definition of Waters of the United States and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Power Plants

What can we expect from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in 2015?  In addition to the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act, other rules on the USEPA agenda include…

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Changes Expected to the USEPA Audit Policy in 2015

What does 2015 have in store for self-reporters of environmental violations?  Bloomberg BNA announced on December 11, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) enforcement office will provide a proposal in 2015 to update its environmental audit and self-disclosure policy…

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