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

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 Despite scientific consensus that federal water-quality standards are outdated and inadequate to protect marine life from the corrosive effects of ocean acidification, the EPA has ignored its legal duties to update the standards.

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

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.

EPA Issues Updated Mobile Source Civil Penalty Policy

​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.

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

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conflicts of interest, and laboratories that break the rules would have rights to certify the emissions of new cars withdrawn.

EPA's Environmental Enforcement: What Will 2016 Bring?

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.

Washington state takes enforcement action against Volkswagen

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.