Author Archives: Kathy G. Beckett

Appalachian Storage Hub Discussion Advances

WV Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher Urges Action.  On May 3, 2017 at the WV Manufacturer’s Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference, WV Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher spoke of the need for industry professionals to work alongside government officials to realize the full potential of shale gas.  “I suggest you have a job to do,” said Thrasher. … Read More »

What EPA Regulation Do You See as Warranting Repeal, Replacement, or Modification?

On March 24, 2017, EPA Administrator E. Scott Pruitt circulated a memorandum to the Acting Deputy Administrator, General Counsel, Assistant Administrators, Inspector General, Chief Financial Officer, Chief of Staff, Associate Administrators, Regional Administrators, and the Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. 

EPA Announcement of Review of the Clean Power Plan

As one might have expected from the former Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement of review of the Clean Power Plan is laced heavily with legal issues.  EPA announced on April 4, 2017, its intent to review the CPP consistent with President Trump’s Executive Order on Energy Independence.  The… Read More »

Trump Executive Order: Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

On March 28, 2017 President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order,  ”Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.”   The text of the order is here.  A summary table prepared by Kathy Beckett is here. The Executive Order contains multiple provisions that target many sectors to include:  coal, oil/gas, other energy and manufacturing. 

EPA Risk Management Plan Rule Delayed

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, EPA announced it would be delaying the effective date of the revised Clean Air Act 112(r) rule governing Risk Management Plan implementation and development from March 13, 2017 to June 19, 2017.  The rule is of concern to the regulated community, comprised of large industrial sources, because it represents enhanced… Read More »

Weekly Update on Environmental Regulatory Policy February 27 – March 4, 2017: Waters of the United States Rule Up for Review Oil and Gas Methane Information Request Withdrawn

Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator on February 17, 2017.  In advance of his confirmation, President Trump began laying the foundation for policy changes within the environmental programs of the United States as noted in the Executive Orders referenced below. With the national news media providing minute by minute updates,… Read More »

Enhancing Chemical Safety and Environmental Performance Workshop

Dean Cordle, President and CEO of AC&S, Inc., Chair of the WV Chemical Industry Committee of the WVMA and Board Member of the American Chemistry Council has worked to organize a workshop titled, “Enhancing Chemical Safety and Environmental Performance.”  This workshop is jointly sponsored by the American Chemistry Council, WV Manufacturers Association and the National… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Speaks to Clean Water Act and Agency Implementation

On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals issued the opinion in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc, et al. (No. 15-290). This is a unanimous opinion which is noteworthy since the Court is thought to be of an evenly split philosophy of conservatives and liberals and therefore incapable… Read More »

Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs CAA 112(r)

EPA has circulated a pre-publication rule change to its CAA §112(r) Risk Management Planning program regulations at 40 CFR Part 68. These proposed revisions will result in changes to the accident prevention program requirements, as well as enhancement to the emergency response requirements, and improvements to the public availability of chemical hazard information. The comment… Read More »

The Clean Power Plan Stay Draws A Wide Range of Responses

The U.S. federal court system is very busy these days managing the Obama administration’s efforts to develop and implement the nation’s environmental policy on Climate Change.  On February 9, 2016 the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the pending litigation of the Clean Power Plan before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of… Read More »