In an August 1, 2016 letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) called for an...04 August 2016
EPA Enforces Violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule
The EPA recently announced three enforcement actions for violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. According to EPA’s Press Release, the enforcement actions were against an owner of rental apartments in Maine, a window and siding company in New Jersey, and a home repair company in Nebraska. Cumulatively, the defendants agreed to pay over $17,000 in penalties to resolve the alleged violations.
The LRRP rule (html) requires all contractors or individuals who are renovating housing and other child-occupied facilities that were built before 1978 to be supervised by a certified renovator and to use “lead-safe” work practices. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, demolition, window and door replacement are covered by the LRRP rule, which took effect in 2010. A more in-depth analysis of the LRRP rule can be found in our December 2011 Environmental Alert. In March 2012, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), introduced the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act, S. 2148 (pdf), which, among other things, would create an opt-out provision to the LRRP rule. Hogan Lovells Environmental Practice will continue to monitor the status of the LRRP rule and EPA’s enforcement of the rule.
Western Governors’ Association Urges Expanded Role for States in Administration of the Endangered Species Act
At the conclusion of its annual meeting earlier this month, the Western Governors’ Association adopted a broad policy resolution (2016-08) with specific recommendations for reform of the...11 July 2016
On 13 April 2016, the European Commission published an interim report in its sector inquiry on electricity capacity mechanisms it had launched in April 2015, its first-ever sector inquiry...21 April 2016