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Former EPA Region 6 Administrator, Al Armendariz, resigned from his post, effective April 30, 2012. His resignation was prompted by a firestorm of criticism for comments he made in 2010, in which he compared his enforcement strategy to Roman crucifixion.
Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter announced an initiative to reduce flaring and venting associated with the rapid expansion of oil and gas production in Texas.
On May 24, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") Region 6 issued the second greenhouse gas emissions permit in Texas since taking over permitting authority after the state refused to implement the federal New Source Review/Prevention of Significant Deterioration ("PSD") permitting program for greenhouse gases.
On May 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") published a final rule setting initial air quality designations for most areas in the United States for the 2008 primary and secondary ozone national ambient air quality standards ("NAAQS")( 77 Fed. Reg. 30088).
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ("TCEQ") has issued a guidance document for New Source Review ("NSR") permitting in Air Pollutant Watch List ("APWL") areas. The guidance is intended to increase transparency regarding the APWL process and to minimize permitting delays.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ("TCEQ") has posted on its website the written materials provided at TCEQ’s Environmental Trade Fair and Conference held in Austin on May 1-2, 2012.
TCEQ announcements for enforcement orders adopted in May can be found on the TCEQ website at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/news/releases/051612commissionersagenda .
For information on recent TCEQ rule developments, please see the TCEQ website at http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/rules/whatsnew.html .
On May 25, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") Office of Inspector General ("OIG") issued a report finding that inaction by the Agency in identifying pharmaceuticals that are hazardous wastes when discarded "may result in unsafe disposal and releases of dangerous pharmaceuticals into the environment."
Recent widespread attention to discovery problems in criminal cases such as the prosecution of Senator Ted Stevens has prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to explicitly provide guidelines for criminal discovery through a variety of directives to prosecutors.
On May 14, 2012, the U.S. Postal Service ("USPS") published a final rule prohibiting, at least for the time being, all outbound international shipment of lithium batteries via USPS as of May 16, 2012.
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. is pleased to announce the launch of its Environmental, Land Use and Litigation Law Portal. The blog-style portal is a robust database for Beveridge & Diamond’s news alerts, posts, newsletter articles and other substantive content.
Beveridge & Diamond is featured in an article, The Sustainable Firm , from the May-June issue of the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Forum.
Nadira Clarke, a shareholder in Beveridge & Diamond’s Washington office and chair of the Firm’s White Collar practice, spoke on a panel on responding to search warrants at the 17th annual ALI-ABA Conference on Environmental Crimes, a leading seminar on federal criminal enforcement of environmental laws.
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