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Pursuant to interim appointment by Governor Perry, former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) Commissioner Buddy Garcia is now serving on the Railroad Commission of Texas.
On March 29, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency withdrew the Imminent and Substantial Endangerment Order that EPA Region VI issued to Range Resources Corporation and Range Production Company under Section 1431 of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
On April 13, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral argument in a lawsuit challenging EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.
On April 4, 2012, TCEQ Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein and Texas Department of Agriculture ("TDA") Commissioner Todd Staples requested federal action to rescind water delivery to Mexico that the commissioners contend is harmful to drought-stricken Texans.
On April 13, 2012, TCEQ published in the Texas Register proposed environmental flow standards for the Colorado and Lavaca rivers and Matagorda and Lavaca bays and the river basin and bay system of the Guadalupe, San Antonio, Mission, and Aransas rivers and the Mission, Copano, Aransas, and San Antonio bays.
On April 11, 2012, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ("TCEQ") approved the proposal of a State Implementation Plan ("SIP") revision that requests a waiver of Stage II vapor recovery ("Stage II") requirements in five counties (Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, and Rockwall, the "Five Counties") that were reclassified as "serious" ozone nonattainment areas on January 19, 2011.
TCEQ has posted on its website an online training course entitled "Air Permitting 101," which provides an overview of the functions of the Air Permits Division and the air permit issuance process.
The public comment period for the TCEQ Guidelines to Develop Toxicity Factors has begun and will close on June 8, 2012.
TCEQ announcements for enforcement orders adopted in Aprile can be found on the TCEQ website at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/news/releases/4-12agenda4-11 .
For information on recent TCEQ rule developments, please see the TCEQ website at http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/rules/whatsnew.html .
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is seeking comment on aligning U.S. standards with the newly revised standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
On March 23, 2012, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service released the “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines.”
The National Law Journal has named Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. to its “2012 Midsize Hotlist,” marking the second year in a row that Beveridge & Diamond has received this honor from the country’s leading legal publication.
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