Category: Environmental

Exide Technologies, Vernon, CA

Exide Technologies, Vernon, CA An interesting article in the Los Angeles Times on Exide Technologies’ Vernon, CA smelter (think just south of downtown Los Angeles) that shows, somewhat, the interplay of civil enforcement, criminal enforcement, local activism and political pressure: 

USEPA Databases Searchable by the Public

USEPA Databases Searchable by the Public Often times, people want more information and do not know where to go to on-line to find it.  Below is a handy list of some of the searchable databases maintained by the government that

When it Comes to FOIA, Think Outside The Box

When it Comes to FOIA, Think Outside The Box Here is a case worth reading: Competitive Enterprise Institute, et al. v. National Security Agency, Civil Action No. 14-975, In the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The

USEPA Announces 2014 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results

USEPA Announces 2014 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results  On December 18, 2014, the USEPA released its annual enforcement and compliance report. According to the report, in fiscal year 2014, the USEPA criminal program generated $63,000.000.00 in fines and restitution, secured $16,000,000.00

John Cruden, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division

John Cruden has finally been confirmed as the new Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.  In his statement announcing the confirmation, Eric Holder praised John:  “John has already devoted more than two decades of his life

The Beginning of an Investigation

The Beginning of an Investigation The first time the regulated community ever finds out about an investigation is when an inspection is conducted or a search warrant is executed.  Here is a brief description of the statutory requirements that set

BPA in Grocery Store Receipts – A Follow-up

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the grocery store … Here is a link to the story that the Washington Post has run: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/08/26/would-you-like-your-receipt-maybe-not-if-its-still-coated-with-bpa/ More later, As always, please feel free to contact me at walter.james@jamespllc.com

2013 Enforcement Analysis

I received the Spring 2014 Newsletter from the ABA’s Litigation Section, Environmental Litigation committee this morning.  The ABA continues to prove its value to me all the time.  Anyway, there is an interesting article on USEPA enforcement statistics by Peter

ALI CLE Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Crimes Conference

On June 5, 2014, my good friend, Jud Starr, will be hosting the ALI CLE Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Crimes Conference in Washington, D.C.  The conference has been put on annually for the last eighteen years or so and is

Local Fort Worth Company Investigated

In January this year, federal agents from the USEPA descended upon Billmark Company, a metal plating company in Haltom City, TX, pursuant to a search warrant issued as a part of a criminal investigation into the discharge of cadmium into