Internal Investigations – It Happens

Nike began an internal investigation in 2017 into allegations that some of its executives had made illegal payments to athletes.  The internal investigation went on for over one year.  Then in March 2019, “celebrity” lawyer Michael Avenatti raised the allegations

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Citizen Suits and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans

Citizen Suits and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans Enforcement by the USEPA is down by just about any metric measuring the enforcement of environmental laws.  This has left an enforcement void.  But that void is being partially filled.  Environmental groups and

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A Terminal goes up in Flames – Are you prepared for the Aftermath?

The news this week was on the Intercontinental Terminals Company plant in Deer Park, Texas – and it was not good news. A fire, potential air exceedances, release of water and foam used to fight the fire – in general,

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A Search of a Residence in Oakland, California

A Search of a Residence in Oakland, California I have previously blogged about the use of passwords on cell phones and how there was an issue with using finger prints of biometrics as your password (as opposed to an actual

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Arkema Indictment

Arkema Indictment On August, 3, 2018, Arkema (a French chemical company), Richard Rowe (Arkema CEO) and Leslie Comardelle (Arkema’s plant manager), were indicted by a Harris County grand jury for the reckless emission of an air contaminant in violation of

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Grizzly Bears – Self-Defense?

Grizzly Bears – Self-Defense? On June 26, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion that reversed the trial court conviction of a Montana man who had been convicted under the criminal provisions of the Endangered Species Act

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The Carrot or the Stick?

The Carrot or the Stick? When I first started practicing environmental law in 1987, I read the book “America’s Future in Toxic Waste Management: Lessons from Europe” by Bruce W. Piasecki and Gary A. Davis. In the book, they discussed

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Texas Supreme Court Holds Manager Personally Liable for Environmental Penalties

Texas Supreme Court Holds Manager Personally Liable for Environmental Penalties This is a guest post from my good friend Jim Smith at Crain Caton. In State of Texas v. Morello, the Texas Supreme Court reversed a mid-level appellate court and

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Decrease in Enforcement under the Trump Administration

Decrease in Enforcement under the Trump Administration As if there was any real doubt, the New York Times (yes, derided by the current administration as fake news) reports that USEPA penalties against the regulated community “comes with an astersik.” See, Rise

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The Cost of Noncompliance is Now More Expensive.

The Cost of Noncompliance is Now More Expensive. On January 10, 2018, the USEPA published its annual civil monetary penalty adjustment as required by the 2015 revisions to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act.  https://www.environmentallawandpolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/452/2018/01/2018-00287.pdf  It used to be

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