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86 FR 68492

EPA Region 2 announced a proposed settlement agreement under CERCLA that requires a settling defendant to reimburse the Agency for $125,500 in past and future oversight costs incurred in connection with radiological contamination at the Maywood Chemical Superfund site in Bergen County, New Jersey.

86 FR 68252

EPA announced a proposed consent decree to address claims that the Agency failed to perform duties mandated by the CWA with respect to TMDLs for segments of the Spokane River and adjacent water bodies that were listed as impaired due to PCBs; the decree requires the Agency to issue TMDLs for PCBs by September 30, 2024, for the Spokane River, the Little Spokane River, and Lake Spokane in Washington State. 

86 FR 68159

EPA codified its approval of Louisiana's hazardous waste management program and incorporated by reference authorized provisions of Louisiana's statutes and regulations under RCRA.

The Role of Program Evaluation in China's Environmental Policy

Evaluating government programs is a relatively new idea for China’s government and policymakers. Many policies and programs continue to be evaluated based on procedural standards rather than on actual performance. This Article investigates how program evaluations and the knowledge they produce find their way into China’s environmental policy.

Mining Our Future Critical Minerals: Does Darkness Await Us?

We are told the transition to a zero-carbon economy will depend upon the United States’ ability to assure a sufficient supply of rare earths and minerals such as cobalt, nickel, or lithium. The Biden Administration is intent on promoting some new form of a critical mineral policy, and calls for reforming the 1872 Mining Law have persisted for well over one hundred years. This Article is designed to provoke a meaningful conversation about a critical minerals policy informed by our past.

Green Bonds and the Climate Crisis

Environmentally conscious financiers are increasingly pursuing green ventures, especially through green bonds and stocks, social investing, and social benefit corporations. On September 21, 2021, the Environmental Law Institute hosted a panel of experts for its Environmental Law and Finance Series that explored the regulatory process for green bonds and stocks, best practices for advising stakeholders and clients interested in green bonds, and the opportunities and challenges of leveraging green financial tools to combat climate change.

86 FR 67948

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

86 FR 67885

SIP Proposal: Ohio (partial approval and partial disapproval of the Muskingum River 2010 primary, health-based one-hour sulfur dioxide nonattainment area plan).