Vapor intrusion, or the movement of harmful vapors from groundwater and soil into structures, may be the most important new focus of state and federal governments. Previously approved remedies are being reviewed and may be re-opened because of vapor intrusion issues. EPA has issued a new report on the subject.
On December 1, 2009, EPA published a final rule that, for the first time, imposes monitoring requirements and enforceable numeric limitations on stormwater discharges from construction sites nationwide. Will this change best management practices at construction sites? Will it preempt local controls? These questions will have to wait and see.
Shell has been asked to address the NULS Environmental Law Clinic in March 2010 on the subjects of private practice of environmental law and forming a solo law firm for the practice of environmental law. The clinic’s model is to give environmental law students real-world experience working on cutting edge environmental cases. Shell had previously been consulted about the establishment of the clinic at NULS. Shell is a NULS alum, class of 1982.