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  • By: Lauren Rucinski The case is Scalia [Secretary of Labor] v. Wynnewood Refining Co., LLC, et al, No. 19-9533 (U.S. Tenth Circuit, October 27, 2020). Wynnewood LLC's refinery in Oklahoma processes crude oil and on a daily basis produces 70,000 barrels of gasoline, propane, propylene, butane, fuel oils, and solvents. In 2012, one of Wynnewood Refining Co's boilers—the... Continue Reading...
  • By: Maureen Harbourt, Pamela Mascari and Lauren Rucinski Just a quick reminder that in 2007, the Louisiana State Police ("LSP") adopted regulations requiring special reporting requirements for persons "engaged in the transportation of hazardous materials by railcars, vessels, or barges, or the temporary storage of hazardous materials in any storage vessel not permanently attached to the ground" if that activity is within "a... Continue Reading...
  • By: William Huguet An active legislative area is carbon capture and storage ("CCS"), which could be an option for incentivizing Louisiana's struggling energy economy. On August 19, 2020, Governor Edwards issued two executive orders directed towards the ambitious commitment (or pledge) to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25-28% by 2025 and to planning measures in order that Louisiana would... Continue Reading...
  • By: Maureen Harbourt, M. Dwayne Johnson and Pamela Mascari On July 13, 2020, the EPA released its final rule updating and clarifying the substantive and procedural requirements for water quality certification under Clean Water Act ("CWA") § 401. This new rule represents the first revision to the applicable regulations since the CWA was enacted in 1971. The new rule replaces the entirety of the 1971... Continue Reading...
  • By: Steven Boutwell Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act ("FIFRA"), most pesticides must be registered and are subject to product labeling requirements. FIFRA defines a "pesticide" as "any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest." 7 U.S.C. § 136(u). A "pest" is defined in the statute to mean: "(1)... Continue Reading...
  • By: Maureen Harbourt, M. Dwayne Johnson, Lee Vail, Pamela Mascari and Lauren Rucinski The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality ("LDEQ") issued an Emergency and Administrative Order on March 19, 2020, to address hardships posed to regulated facilities by efforts to combat the COVID-19 virus. See the order here. The Order expires on April 18, 2020. The Order may be extended and/or amended as the situation evolves. At this... Continue Reading...
  • By: Maureen Harbourt and Lauren Rucinski Starting March 23, 2020, facilities must add one more agency to the list of those that may need to be notified in the event of an accidental release: The U.S. Chemical Safety Board ("CSB").The CSB was established by the 1990 Clean Air Act ("CAA") Amendments.[1] The CAA directs the CSB, among other things, to investigate... Continue Reading...
  • By: Matthew Smith and Maureen Harbourt On September 30, 2019, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division, issued an Opinion and Order setting forth the remedy required for Ameren Missouri's violation of the Clean Air Act's Prevention of Significant Deterioration ("PSD") program. United States v. Ameren Missouri, No. 4:11-CV-77, Rec. Doc. 1122 (E.D. Mo. Sep.... Continue Reading...
  • By: Pamela Mascari Pipeline companies may not exercise their powers of eminent domain granted under the federal Natural Gas Act (NGA) in federal courts when seeking to acquire state-owned lands. On September 10, 2019, in In re: PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in favor of New Jersey finding... Continue Reading...
  • By: Lee Vail Up-to-date Process Safety Information When originally adopted in 1996, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted "the requirements of the OSHA PSM Standard, 29 CFR 1910.119(c) through (m) and (o), with minor changes to address statutory differences. This makes clear that one accident prevention program to protect workers, the general public, and the environment will satisfy... Continue Reading...