The Clean Air Act Creates a Nightmare for Yuma County

by Amanda A. Reeve We have all heard, and likely even experienced its meaning on numerous occasions, the old adage of being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Finding oneself in this position is most unpleasant as it … Continue reading

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ADEQ Director Testifies before Congress in Opposition to EPA Ozone Standard

by Patrick J. Paul On Thursday, April 14th, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Misael Cabrera testified before Congress regarding naturally occurring ozone levels in parts of Arizona making it impossible to comply with standards proposed last fall by … Continue reading

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New OSHA Silica Exposure Regulations Enacted – Decades After They Were Proposed

by Stephen W. Smithson On March 24, 2016, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) finalized new regulations (https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-04800.pdf) for workplace silica exposure. The prior regulations were adopted in 1971 (http://ehstoday.com/osha/osha-issues-final-rule-silica), and OSHA has been considering revised regulations … Continue reading

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The Exceptional Events Rule is Finally Receiving a Makeover by the EPA

by Amanda Reeve Crowds watched in mute horror as Phoenix was rapidly overtaken by an ominous thick, dark cloud that swept from ground to sky.  Moving like a giant tidal wave across the Arizona skies, it appeared to be engulfing … Continue reading

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Changes in Ozone Standard and Other “Hot Air” Topics Affecting Arizona’s Business Community Addressed at Annual Air Quality Conference

by Lucas J. Narducci The Arizona Manufacturers Council, in conjunction with Maricopa County, held its 2015 Air Quality Conference on Friday, November 6th with tremendous success having the largest attendance for this event in recent years.  Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. was … Continue reading

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EPA Looks to Follow Colorado’s Lead on Regulating Methane Emissions in the Oil and Gas Industry

by Cody Bourke On August 18, 2015, EPA proposed a new set of rules aimed to reduce emissions of methane and Volatile Organic Compounds (“VOCs”) in the oil and gas industry.  EPA’s goal is to curb methane emissions from the … Continue reading

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EPA Revs Up Engine Emissions Enforcement Program

by Michael Ford The recent news about EPA’s enforcement action against Volkswagen for alleged noncompliance with EPA’s emissions control requirements has shocked the vehicle industry and marks the beginning of an enforcement resolution process that has already severely impacted the … Continue reading

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EPA Issues a New, Lower Ozone Standard That Will Prove to Be a Challenge to Many States

By Chris Colyer On October 1, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule reducing its National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. This new standard … Continue reading

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Clean Power Plan Impacts More than Coal: Transmission Solutions No Easy Feat

By Matt Derstine Since last June when the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced its proposed plan for achieving carbon emission reductions from power plants, much of the discussion has focused on the impact of the plan on coal plants and … Continue reading

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The Obama Administration and EPA Issue Aggressive Clean Power Plan to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Existing Power Plants

By Chris Colyer and Patrick Paul On August 3, 2015, President Barack Obama and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued their final Clean Power Plan rule, which imposes requirements on states and tribes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions … Continue reading

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