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  • By: Lauren Rucinski As part of an ongoing investigation led by the Delaware Attorney General's Office into the potential environmental impacts of legacy industrial activities in the state, Delaware has reached a $50 million settlement agreement with DuPont Co., Corteva, and the Chemours Co. for alleged damages resulting from these companies' use of chemicals called PFAS. Dubbed the... Continue Reading...
  • By: Chauvin Kean A panel of 12 lawyers from around the world recently proposed a legal definition for a new crime: ecocide. For years, the panel, along with various international groups, has sought to amend the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to include ecocide as one of the crimes within the court's jurisdiction. Currently, the ICC... Continue Reading...
  • By: Hattie Guidry, Arielle Anderson, Jourdan Curet and Kristi Obafunwa Originally published in the Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen Register Carbon capture and storage ("CCS") is the process of capturing carbon dioxide emissions from large point sources, and then transporting it to a storage location for deposit in underground formations where it will not re-enter the atmosphere. By returning CO2 emissions that resulted from the... Continue Reading...
  • By: Lauren Rucinski and Maureen Harbourt The Louisiana Legislature has directed the Department of Environmental Quality ("LDEQ") to promulgate regulations allowing for "voluntary environmental self-audits." [1] The self-audit regulations are to include provisions protecting confidential information and providing incentives to facilities for conducting a self-audit. Environmental self-audit programs are designed to allow a facility to identify compliance issues and address them... Continue Reading...
  • 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...