On May 4, 2016, a coalition of environmental organizations (“Plaintiffs”) filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection (“EPA”) in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to compel the EPA to promulgate revised regulations and guidelines for the disposal, storage, transportation, and handling of oil and gas wastes. Environmental Integrity Project et al. v. Gina McCarthy (Case No. 1:16-cv-00842). In the Complaint, Plaintiffs state that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) requires the EPA to review and revise regulations for drilling wastes every three years. 42 U.S.C. § 6912(b). According to Plaintiffs, the EPA last conducted a review of the regulations in 1988, but has since failed to update the regulations. Further, the EPA has not updated the guidelines for state solid waste management plans as required under RCRA.
The environmental organizations are the Environmental Integrity Project, Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthworks, Responsible Drilling Alliance, San Juan Citizens Alliance, West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization, and the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.
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