Speeding Up the Pre-Application Process for the DEP

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Last week the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) unveiled a new electronic tool for the pre-application process.  The tool, entitled Permit Application Consultation Tool (PACT), was designed to make the process more efficient.  According to the DEP, the tool will “quickly and easily assist potential applicants in determining which types of environmental permits, authorizations or notifications would be needed …

Chemicals in Consumer Products

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Last year, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) developed the Responsible Care Product Safety Code for chemical companies to determine safe amounts of chemicals to use when manufacturing consumer products.  The code will begin to be enforced next year and confirmed by third party auditors. According to the ACC, the purpose of the code is to “drive continuous improvement in chemical …

Permit Decision Guarantee

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Earlier this year, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett issued Executive Order 2012-11.  This order was aimed towards the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and required the implementation of a Permit Decision Guarantee.  The order provided the following steps to achieve the guarantee: Assessing how best to make timely permitting decisions; Providing clear expectations for applicants to improve the quality of applications; …

BP Settles All Criminal Claims

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BP will pay $4 billion over five years to resolve all of the federal criminal charges in relation to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.  Additionally, they have also agreed to pay $525 million over three years to resolve the claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  BP announced the decision on November 15th.  It is still subject to …