News & Analysis In the Agencies

Volume 52 Issue 1

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed to amend hazardous materials regulations to suspend authorization of liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation in rail tank cars pursuant to a final rule published in July 2020 and pending the earlier of either completion of a separate rulemaking evaluating potential modifications to requirements governing rail tank car transportation of LNG or June 30, 2024.

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Public health

FWS listed the Atlantic pigtoe as a threatened species and designated approximately 563 river miles of critical habitat in Virginia and North Carolina with a §4(d) rule under the ESA.

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Endangered Species Act (ESA)

EPA proposed the results of the technology review conducted for paint stripping and miscellaneous surface coating operations at area sources in accordance with NESHAP; the Agency proposed no changes to the standards as a result of the review. 

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Clean Air Act (CAA)

United States v. Bridger Pipeline LLC, No. 1:21-cv-00122-SPW-KLD (D. Mont. Nov. 17, 2021). A settling OPA defendant that discharged oil from Bridger's Poplar Pipeline into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana, in January 2015 must pay a civil penalty of $2,000,000.

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Oil Pollution Act (OPA)

EPA approved California's revised primacy program under the SDWA. 

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Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

EPA proposed new source performance standards for greenhouse gases and volatile organic compounds, emissions guidelines, and other related actions with the intention of significantly reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other harmful pollutants from the crude oil and natural gas source category under the CAA. 

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Clean Air Act (CAA)

SIP Approval: North Carolina (ambient air quality standards for Mecklenburg County). 

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Clean Air Act (CAA)

EPA announced a proposed settlement under CERCLA concerning the Horton Iron and Metal Superfund site located in Wilmington, North Carolina, that requires the settling party to address recovery costs for a cleanup that will be performed at the site. 

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Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)

United States v. JM Fisheries LLC, No. 1:21-cv-00452 (D. Haw. Nov. 18, 2021). Settling CWA defendants that discharged oil from a commercial fishing vessel into Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa, in April 2018 must pay $720,000 in civil penalties and perform corrective measures on the vessels they own and operate. 

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Clean Water Act (CWA)