News Archive

  • 11.20.2017

    EPA Seeks Greater Autonomy for State Environmental Programs

    EPA has released its strategic plan for fiscal years 2018 to 2022 describing its top goals and priorities.  One goal is to provide states with greater autonomy in implementing federal environmental laws.  Most states are authorized to implement federal...
  • 11.20.2017

    Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water Provides Environmental Policy Insights

    Lee Forsgren was appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water in July 2017.  We recently had the opportunity to hear him speak to a trade group where he discussed EPA’s priorities under the Trump Administration as well as specifics about...
  • 11.20.2017

    Prompt Reporting is Key to the Upset Defense

    Companies discharging industrial process wastewater often face challenging circumstances at their wastewater treatment facilities.  Unexpected equipment malfunctions or system failures can lead to discharges that exceed permitted limits.  If such an event...
  • 11.20.2017

    Environmental Groups Argue Sham Recycling Rule Should Be Recycled by EPA Rather Than Partially...

    EPA promulgated a final rule in 2015 redefining “solid waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) to curb sham recycling (the “Rule”).  In the August 2017 issue of Environmental Notes, we reported that the United States Court of Appeals...
  • 11.20.2017

    OSHA Seeks to Pluck Poultry Processors

    Late in 2016, OSHA’s Region 4 implemented a Regional Emphasis Program consisting of outreach and enforcement activities designed to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities at poultry processing facilities.  OSHA’s directive indicates that inspections will...
  • 11.20.2017

    Sue and Settle is Gone: EPA Administrator Revises EPA Litigation Policy

    A prominent characteristic of the Obama EPA was its close relationship with national environmental groups.  The most controversial EPA rulemakings seemed to be the by-product of litigation settlements when environmental groups sued EPA over discretionary...
  • 11.20.2017

    Environmental Notes - November/December 2017

    Click on the image below for a full PDF of the Environmental Newsletter. 
  • 11.20.2017

    Williams Mullen Welcomes Business & Corporate Associate Wenhong You

    Williams Mullen is pleased to announce that Wenhong You has joined the firm as an associate in the Virginia Beach office. Mr. You joins the firm’s Business & Corporate practice, where he will represent public and private companies in a wide range of...
  • 11.20.2017

    Williams Mullen Welcomes Labor & Employment Associate Aaron Siegrist

    Williams Mullen is pleased to announce that Aaron Siegrist has joined the firm as a Labor & Employment associate in the Richmond office. Mr. Siegrist assists clients with all aspects of labor and employment law, including a variety of employment...
  • 11.17.2017

    Plan Administrators’ 2017 Year-End Checklist

    Plan administrators should review the following actions to be taken before the end of 2017 and focus on what to expect for 2018. The attached checklist addresses plan amendments, notices and other considerations for qualified plans, welfare plans and stock-...
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