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Permits

Environmental permits are documents that resemble licenses and are used to regulate activities that are potentially harmful to the environment. Government bodies that issue permits use them to keep track of the kinds and amounts of pollutants released into the environment and to impose standards on permit holders.

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Things to Consider: Hiring Environmental Consultants and Contractors

For a small businessperson, dealing with toxic waste clean up can be confusing and intimidating. The EPA has published some pamphlets to aid you in the process. Here are some of the basic themes:

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Environmental Law Case Summaries

[09/19] Pesticide Action Network North America v. Valent Corporation
Reversing the decision of the trial court denying the petition of an environmental activist group complaining that the California Department of Pesticide Regulation violated the California Environmental Quality Act by approving label amendments on pesticides that permitted use on additional crops because the Department failed to take into account the potential impact this decision would have on bee populations.

[09/08] Wild Wilderness v. Oregon State Snowmobile Association
Affirming the grant of summary judgment to the Forestry Service and snowmobile enthusiasts in a case where an environmentalist organization challenged the approval of a project that permitted motorized access to national parkland alleging violations of the National Forest Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) because agency decisions were not arbitrary or an abuse of discretion and complied with the NEPA's requirements, declining to find additional and implicit requirements in the act.

[08/30] Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Denying the petition for review of a permit issuance by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection approving an interstate gas pipeline project because the agency's unique interpretation of water dependency was reasonable and worthy of deference and considered and rejected the compression alternative advanced by the petitioner with reasons supported by the record.

[08/28] Sierra Club v. State of North Dakota
Affirming the district court's approval of a Consent Decree, a settlement between the EPA and the plaintiffs that greed that as long as the EPA follows an agreed-upon designation schedule under the Clean Air Act, the plaintiffs will not proceed with their suit and third party states could not intervene but should instead pursue a parallel lawsuit.

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