Author Archives: Edward L. Kropp

Supreme Court Denies Ohio Appeal of PM2.5 Attainment Redesignation Vacatur

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) determined that the Cincinnati-Hamilton metropolitan area in Ohio had attained national air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM2.5), in part based on regional cap-and trade programs. EPA redesignated the area to “attainment” status. The Sierra Club appealed the redesignation because Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, the three States… Read More »

OSHA Adds “Upstream Oil & Gas Hazards” to List of High-Emphasis Hazards in Severe Violator Enforcement Program

On February 11, 2015, OSHA Director of Enforcement Programs Thomas Galassi sent a memorandum to all OSHA Regional Directors and State Plan Designees titled “Inclusion of Upstream Oil and Gas Hazards to the High-Emphasis Hazards in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).” The short memorandum states that its purpose is “to authorize the addition of… Read More »

EPA Announces Proposed Ozone NAAQS Revision

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on November 25, 2014 that it will lower the primary and secondary ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to a level between 65 and 70 ppb. (EPA’s proposal, fact sheets, information on estimated benefits and costs, maps and tables, and other pertinent information are available at:… Read More »

EPA Publishes Notice of Data Availability on 2018 Emissions Inventory Modeling Platform

EPA published on January 14, 2014, a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) regarding its 2018 emissions inventory modeling platform (79 FR 2437). The platform consists of emission inventory data, supporting data used to develop the 2018 emission inventories, and methods and data that are used to process emission inventories representing the year 2018 into a… Read More »

EPA Proposes Approval and Promulgation of Redesignation Requests for West Virginia Portion of Steubenville-Weirton Nonattainment Area for 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 Standards

EPA announced that it is proposing on December 9 to approve the West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection’s April 13, 2012, and June 8, 2012 requests to redesignate the West Virginia portion of the Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV nonattainment area as attainment for both the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) National… Read More »

Fractivists” Complain about Ozone Precursor Emissions from Oil & Gas E&P Sites

Several environmental groups are becoming more active in opposition to oil and gas exploration. Among those groups is WildEarth Guardians, a western based group with headquarters in Sante Fe, NM, and offices in Denver and Boulder, CO, and Tucson, AZ. An example of the increased activism was an early October workshop held in Glennwood Springs,… Read More »