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JOHN B. KING, Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP

Many environmental regulations have been in place for years and provide a certain level of continuity. However, the national ambient air quality standard for ozone has not proven itself a model of stability over the years. more

Nov 2, 2017 12:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

EPA recently finalized a rule that provides a measure of clarity and certainity for permitting sources in the onshore oil and gas industry. The new rule, published June 3, defines and clarifies the meaning of the term “adjacent” for determining when more

Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

The Supreme Court recently issued a stay of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s signature regulation addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

After almost five years of study, EPA has finally released an external draft report on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on drinking water sources. EPA concluded there are no... more

Aug 1, 2015 5:00 AM

EPA has issued its final rule regarding the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs). After seeking comments on whether to regulate CCRs as a hazardous or solid waste, it decided to regulate CCRs ... more

Jun 1, 2015 5:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by grassroots participants. A grassroots movement is one naturally and... more

May 1, 2015 5:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

EPA continues to focus on the oil and gas sector in its relentless quest for reduction of methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. It now seeks to expand on the standards announced in 20... more

Apr 1, 2015 5:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is loudly and frequently blamed for contaminating water supplies. However, a new study by the DOE casts doubt on these assertions while another study highlights the ... more

Dec 1, 2014 6:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

Oil and gas E&P operations are regulated by a variety of agencies in varying degrees and forms. Jurisdictional lines overlap and are sometimes blurred to a point where it is increasingly difficult for... more

Nov 1, 2014 5:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

Most industrial sites have wastewater discharges, and most people know those discharges must be permitted under the Clean Water Act (CWA). What many people do not know, including some consultants, is ... more

Oct 1, 2014 5:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

The Supreme Court rejected EPA’s approach to regulating greenhouse gases (GHGs) for smaller sources. At the same time, though, it gave EPA what it really wanted — the authority to regulate the GHGs em... more

Sep 1, 2014 5:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

The EPA has issued its long-awaited proposed rule to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs). Although there has been a much-heralded pause... more

Aug 1, 2014 5:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

Methane has been identified in drinking water wells and/or the basements of homes in Pennsylvania and other places. Some have loudly claimed the mere presence of methane is proof hydraulic fracturing ... more

Mar 3, 2014 6:41 PM Health, Safety & Environmental