Supreme Court Decision on the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule
On June 29th 2015, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with industry groups and 23 states which had challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of emissions of mercury and air toxics by coal- and oil-fired power plants.

According to the Syllabus released by the Supreme Court, the “EPA strayed well beyond the bounds of reasonable interpretation in concluding that cost is not a factor relevant to the appropriateness of regulating power plants.”





Hydraulic Institute Publishes New Wastewater Treatment Guidebook
The Hydraulic Institute has released a guide on wastewater treatment plant pumps, intended to assist in the understanding of general layout, components, and operation of a typical plant.



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Biodiesel Fuel Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Clean Air Act Crimes
Biodiesel fuel company owner Philip J. Rivkin faces more than 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud and Clean Air Act crimes connected to a renewable fuels scheme.



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EPA Announces Increased Underground Storage Tank Requirements
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the strengthening of its underground storage tank requirements to improve petroleum release prevention and detection.



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Oregon DEQ Announces Additional Hearing for Air Quality Rulemaking
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has announced an additional hearing and an extended comment period for proposed amendments to its administrative rules.



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DEP Penalizes Range Resources for Leaking Gas Well
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC $8.9 million for failure to repair a leaking gas well.



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EPA Addresses Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken the first steps to address greenhouse gas emissions from commercial aircraft by proposing to find under the Clean Air Act that the emissions contribute to the pollution that causes climate change.



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