Data for the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for January 1 to December 31, 2011, is available through Envirofacts and TRI Explorer. The TRI data provides information on toxic chemicals produced and used at certain industrial facilities (TRI facilities) and how they are managed. EPA usually releases initial data in July that is updated after quality checks [...]
Employers whose workers use cellphones and other mobile devices while driving should take note that such behavior is more than a so-called “distraction.” It’s also cause for serious liability, as a number of companies have learned after being hit with multi-million-dollar judgments…
The owner of an environmental testing laboratory has been sentenced to nine months in prison for conspiracy related to reporting of false water test results. Michael J. McKenna and his company, Blue Marsh Laboratories, pleaded guilty on the eve of trial to conspiring to defraud customers by making false representations on test results, Clean Water Act violations, and false statements…
For anyone who thinks environmental regulation and enforcement is slowing, you need to see the Environmental Protection Agency’s July 2012 memorandum, titled “EPA’s Fiscal Year 2012 Management Challenges,” in which the agency’s Office of Inspector General recommends that the EPA get tougher on agencies that regulate pollution.
By now you have probably heard about the lawsuit filed in Miami federal court by two employees against Darden Restaurants, which operates Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse and Capital Grille restaurants around the country. Darden has faced attacks from some members of its workforce in the past, but this new lawsuit offers a glimpse of claims and tactics employers are facing with more frequency…
Environmental Protection Agency regulations covering coal-fired power plants “would likely increase electricity prices in some regions” such as the South and Midwest, where older plants are more likely to be retired than retrofitted, according to an August 16, 2012, Government Accountability Office report.
A federal court determined that food producers and other groups did not have standing to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to increase the allowable ethanol content in gasoline. (Grocery Manufacturers Association v. EPA, D.C. Cir., No. 11-1072, 8/17/12). The court said that none of the groups that challenged EPA’s decision to grant two partial [...]
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule in 2010 disapproving the Texas flexible permit program. In doing so, the court said the EPA action “transgresses the [Clean Air Act]’s delineated boundaries” of the cooperative relationship between the state and federal government and did not meet the standards for review under the federal Administrative Procedure Act.
Donning and doffing disputes are Wage & Hour charges or lawsuits where employees assert they should be paid for “off-the-clock” time spent putting on or taking off work clothing onsite. Think we’re talking just a few dollars, here and there? Think again.
The ethanol industry says that it can meet the renewable fuel standard requirements for 2012, claiming that despite the drought it can supply required amounts of ethanol. Pressure on food prices are a concern, but ethanol producers have apparently created 2.5 billion renewable fuel credits (renewable identification numbers) that refiners may purchase to meet the [...]