Moving Mountains, Part 2: Fourth Circuit greenlights mountaintop removal mining project

Earlier this month, I reported on a blow that the D.C. Circuit dealt mountaintop removal mining in Mingo Logan Coal Co. v. EPA, No. 12-5150 (D.C. Cir.).  Last week, the Fourth Circuit helped the industry get back up on its … Continue reading

Septic Saga: PADEP proposes policy regarding onlot sewage systems in special protection watersheds

In response to an adjudication issued by the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) in late 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has issued a proposed policy that, if finalized, would guide its review of sewage facilities planning modules proposing the use … Continue reading

Seeking clarity: EPA proposes suspension of numeric turbidity limitation for stormwater discharges from construction sites

Late last week, EPA proposed suspending its efforts to impose a numeric limitation on the allowable level of turbidity in stormwater discharges from certain construction sites as part of a settlement with several industry groups who had challenged a 2009 … Continue reading