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The EPA Steps Up Enforcement Of Civil Violations From Lead-Based Paint Renovation

In recent years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ramped up its efforts to fine and enforce civil violations against sub-contractors and demolition businesses which remodel or renovate homes constructed prior to 1978. Specifically, the EPA cites renovators for failing to obtain firm certification and failing to comply with work practice standards under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E.

California toxic waste lawsuit settles for $10 million

Settlements in environmental litigation don’t come cheaply. In a recent example, O’Reilly Auto Parts has agreed to pay almost $10 million to settle a lawsuit brought by over 50 California district attorneys. The amount includes civil penalties, litigation costs, and portions designated to fund future environmental enforcement and compliance efforts.

Who must pay for hazardous waste cleanup in RCRA litigation?

Valero, a California refining company, has reached a settlement with officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to a recent EPA release, Valero will pay a $157,800 fine to settle allegations of improper hazardous waste handling.

Fast-tracking environmental litigation for select developments

Like all legislative bills in California, it is would-be law that must successfully negotiate some hurdles before taking legal effect. Its author hopes it can garner so-called "super-majority" bipartisan support in both the California State Assembly and California State Senate, which would enable it to immediately become law.

The Volkswagen emissions scandal: what's next?

Most readers of our environmental law blog likely know something about global carmaker Volkswagen's current financial and reputational woes owing to the company's huge emissions-related scandal. And there is no doubt at all that they know a great deal about the company's plight if they own a Volkswagen vehicle.

Mr. Caufield Asked To Speak On Expert Panel On Environmental Careers

Mr. Caufield was asked to speak at the UC San Diego Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment national conference to graduate students on post-graduation career paths and opportunities. The career panel included representatives from diverse industries including both government and the private sector. The panel comments and input was well received by the graduate students representing major colleges all across the United States.

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