U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Sea Life From Ocean Acidification, Climate Change

Date of Release: 
Sep 8 2016

SAN FRANCISCO - The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to set new water-quality standards to combat ocean acidification or respond to a three-year-old Center petition demanding the agency address this growing threat to marine life. Despite scientific consensus that federal water-quality standards are outdated and inadequate to protect marine life from the corrosive effects of ocean acidification, the EPA has ignored its legal duties to update the standards.

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Joint Statement Between The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The Ministry of The Environment of Japan on Continued Bilateral Environmental Cooperation

Date of Release: 
May 16 2016

TOYAMA, JAPAN - While gathered in Toyama, Japan for the G7 Environment Ministers’ Meeting, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, and the Minister of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), Tamayo Marukawa, met to discuss accomplishments and plans for U.S. – Japan environmental cooperation. This builds on an August 24, 2015 meeting between Administrator McCarthy and then MOEJ-Minister Yoshio Mochizuki on a common view to enhance bilateral and regional environmental collaboration.

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EPA Issues Updated Mobile Source Civil Penalty Policy

Date of Release: 
Feb 17 2016

​WASHINGTON – On February 3, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance published its Mobile Source Civil Penalty Policy, which went into effect immediately upon issuance. The policy is the framework by which EPA will calculate the appropriate penalties for violations of certain fuel regulations under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that are addressed in administrative settlements rather than litigation.

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EU calls for greater enforcement powers in wake of VW dieselgate scandal

Date of Release: 
Jan 28 2016

Four months after cheating revelations at Volkswagen rocked Germany, the EU has proposed new rules for assessing car emissions in Europe, saying tests should only be carried out by independent labs, the software protocols should be public and there should be roadside spot checks.

Car manufacturers would no longer pay the test laboratory directly, to avoid potential conflicts of interest, and laboratories that break the rules would have rights to certify the emissions of new cars withdrawn.

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‘Unlawful Pollution’: Volkswagen Charged With Crimes Against Climate

Date of Release: 
Jan 5 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday filed suit against Volkswagen, charging that the German auto-maker deliberately rigged cars to cheat emissions tests resulting in potentially millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions and untold damage to the atmosphere.

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EPA's Environmental Enforcement: What Will 2016 Bring?

Date of Release: 
Jan 7 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had a busy year in 2015, launching its Clean Water Rule, the Clean Power Plan, and proposed new rules for oil and gas operations, among other new regulatory developments. On the enforcement side, the EPA centered its efforts on achieving compliance, deterring future noncompliance and raising the bar for poor performers. In its Dec.

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Washington state takes enforcement action against Volkswagen

Date of Release: 
Nov 16 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state environmental regulators took enforcement action against Volkswagen on Monday, accusing the company of violating the state's Clean Air Act and exposing people to harmful pollution with its emissions cheating scandal.

The Department of Ecology issued a formal notice of violation to Volkswagen AG, Audi and Volkswagen Group of America, the first step in an administrative process that could result in large penalties.

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EPA Releases Final Clean Water Act Electronic Reporting Rule

Date of Release: 
Oct 5 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week finalized its rule to "modernize" Clean Water Act (CWA) regulatory reporting requirements for municipalities, industries, and other facilities.

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EPA administrator meets with Japanese minister of environment

Date of Release: 
Aug 24 2015

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and the Minister of Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) met in Tokyo today for a bilateral dialogue, at the conclusion of which they announced an agreement on several environmental factors.

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