• Congress Holds Hearing on Nonstick Chemicals

    On March 6, the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing on examining per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, referred to as PFAS, and their risks.

  • Civil Penalties for Polluters Drops 85 Percent

    In the past, EPA watchdog groups have issued reports claiming that during the Trump Administration, EPA is going easy on polluters. In the two decades before Trump took office, EPA civil fines were more than $500 million a year (when adjusted for inflation) collected from companies and individuals charged with violating environmental laws. In fiscal year 2018, $72 million in fines were collected – an 85% decline and the lowest in 25 years.

  • Farm Bill Sails Through Congress

    After months of delays, Congress passed an $867 million farm bill known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) easily this week. The Senate passed the legislation on December 11 by a vote of 87-13 in an earlier-than-expected vote, and the House passed it shortly after on December 12 by a vote of 369-47. President Trump has indicated he is likely to sign it. (The Hill, 12/12/18)

  • Region 4 Administrator Indicted

    On Nov. 9, a grand jury in Jefferson County, Ala., indicted Trey Glenn, the EPA Region 4 Administrator appointed by the Trump Administration in 2017, and his partner Scott Phillips Jr., another former Alabama environmental regulator, on multiple counts of violating Alabama’s Ethics Act.

  • Pruitt Ready to Send WOTUS to OMB

    On June 15th, EPA Admin EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt tweeted his agency finished work on a replacement for the so-called Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS, and will send it to the White House for a final review.

  • EPA Holds Two-Day Summit on PFAS

    May 25, 2018 - On May 22nd and 23rd, EPA held a National Leadership Summit, which included representatives from over 40 states, tribes, and territories; 20 Federal agencies; Congressional staff; associations and other industry groups, on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS). WEF staff and members were in attendance.

  • Court Puts U.S. EPA, Lake Erie Impairment on the Clock

    April 12, 2018 - Judge James G. Carr of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio issued a decision today putting the U.S. EPA on the clock to decide in the next 30 days whether or not the Ohio EPA’s 2016 Integrated Report should list the open waters of Lake Erie as impaired.  In doing so, the court retained jurisdiction over the dispute in the case of Environmental Law & Policy Center v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Case No. 3:17CV01514 (N.D. Ohio), in order to “undertake judicial review under the [Administrative Procedure Act], if needed, following whatever action the U.S. EPA takes.”