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Biofuels: USDA seeks comments on proposed rule to increase loans for advanced biofuels
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 30 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a notice calling for public comment on proposed loan and grant programs that would increase production of advanced biofuels


Air: DC Circuit denies challenge to state non-road engine emissions rule
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 16 2010

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a petition for review filed by the American Trucking Associations challenging California's rule imposing emissions standards on refrigeration units in trucks


RCRACERCLA: EPA proposes removal of saccharin from hazard lists
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 30 2010

EPA has issued a proposed rule that would remove "saccharin and its salts from the lists of hazardous constituents and commercial chemical products which are hazardous wastes when discarded or intended to be discarded."


RCRA: federal court allows citizen suit to proceed
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 16 2010

A federal judge in Tennessee has ruled that a RCRA citizen suit aimed at cleaning up a state landfill may proceed, rejecting an argument that a state order is an ongoing CERCLA action that may not be challenged


Endangered Species Act: Fifth Circuit denies challenge to permit allowing rail link to limestone quarry
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 16 2010

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the Medina County Environmental Action Committee’s (MCEAA) petition for review challenging a U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) decision permitting Southwest Gulf Railroad Co. to construct and operate a seven-mile rail loop to service a proposed limestone quarry


MMS issues final rule on Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas production requirements
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 30 2010

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) has issued a final rule amending regulatory requirements for oil and natural gas production in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). 75 Fed Reg. 20,271 (041910


GHG emissions standards for new vehicles proposed
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Canada, USA
  • April 30 2010

Environment Canada has published draft regulations that would make Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for new vehicles compatible with those implemented by the U.S. EPA


Air: EPA science advisors support stricter PM2.5 standards
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 16 2010

According to EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, recent research on the adverse health effects of airborne fine particles supports EPA's recommendation that the agency's air quality standards for fine particles be strengthened


Mayor, public works superintendent indicted for falsifying water sample data
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 30 2010

A federal grand jury has reportedly indicted the Stover, Missouri, mayor and public works superintendent for submitting false information about the city's water supply to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR


Enforcement: DOJ’s environmental division details FY2009 litigation accomplishments
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 30 2010

DOJ's Environmental and Natural Resources Division issued its annual report titled "Summary of Litigation Accomplishments: Fiscal Year 2009" on April 22, 2010