Client Alert: EPA Announces Risk Management Program Final Rule

By C. Max Zygmont and Leland P. Frost On March 11, 2024, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Final Rule was published with revisions to Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs (RMP) Under the Clean Air Act (CAA); Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention (SCCAP). The RMP Rule originates from Section 112(r) of the CAA…

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Eighteen KMCL Lawyers Included in 2024 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© and The Best Lawyers® in America: Ones to Watch

Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP is proud to announce that eighteen of our twenty lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2024.  The lawyers listed are as follows: The Best Lawyers® in America: Ones to Watch (2024 Edition): Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers®…

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Client Alert: Georgia EPD’s New Draft Guidance for Construction Stormwater Permitting 

By Kimberley Hale, Jonathan Wells, and Kate Hopkins On November 7, 2023, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (EPD) issued new draft guidance that will apply to construction stormwater variances issued to large projects disturbing more than fifty acres (see links below).  EPD is accepting comments on this guidance from now until…

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Leland Frost Wins ABA Award for Best 2022–2023 Webinar/Podcast

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) awarded Leland Frost Best 2022–2023 Webinar/Podcast for his role moderating the ABA Podcast SEERies Environmental Laws and Regulations for Emerging Microplastics Concerns. The Best Webinar/Podcast Award recognizes the best webinar or podcast during the ABA year, taking into account attendance, collaboration, presentation style, quality of speakers,…

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EPA Announces Federal Enforcement Priorities for 2024–2027

In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced its National Enforcement and Compliance Initiatives for 2024–2027, including three new priorities. Every four years, EPA selects enforcement and compliance priorities. EPA works hand in hand with state agencies in prioritizing resources to address what EPA considers to be the most serious environmental issues facing the United…

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Sackett v. EPA: The End of Significant Nexus

The Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 21–454, 598 U.S. ___ (2023) (“Sackett”) may create some immediate opportunities for landowners and operators, likely leaves certain obligations unchanged, but certainly reverses course on seventeen years of defining the scope of federal control over water. Immediate Considerations for Landowners The most immediate opportunities…

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The EPA’s New Drinking Water Advisory Warns against Lower Levels of PFAS, and May Have Important Future Implications for PFAS Regulation

On June 15th, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) updated its drinking water lifetime Health Advisory Levels to include substantially lower levels of PFOA, PFOS, PFBS, and GenX chemicals.  The updated health advisory levels include: PFOA at 0.004 parts per trillion (ppt), PFOS at 0.02 ppt, PFBS at 2,000 ppt, and GenX Chemicals at…

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