EHS Quarterly Review: Third Quarter 2012 (53 pages). During the third quarter of 2012, the upcoming presidential election played a part in environment and safety matters, with both political parties weighing in on issues, such as climate change, coal mining, hydraulic fracturing, and the effects of government regulation on the economy. Nonetheless, both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration continued to work in their respective areas.
EHS Quarterly Review: Second Quarter 2012 (48 pages). During the second quarter of 2012, with a presidential election just a few months away and pressure on the Obama administration not to push through last minute regulations, little activity occurred in the air pollution and occupational safety arenas. However, in the waste field, the Environmental Protection Agency did release a solvent-contaminated wipes proposed rule, and on the water front, the agency released draft guidance on regulating hydraulic fracturing.
EHS Quarterly Review: Fourth Quarter 2011 (51 pages). While Congress continued its divisive
debates over the regulatory reach of the federal government during the final
quarter of 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency continued to move forward on
rulemakings addressing air pollution, waste management, and water pollution,
while the Occupational Safety and Health Administration concentrated on
enforcing existing regulations instead of pursuing new rulemakings.
EHS Quarterly Review: Second Quarter 2011 (49 pages). The end of the second quarter of 2011 marked a remarkably quiet three months in federal activity in the environment and safety arenas. Congressional attention was focused on a looming debt crisis, diverting attention away from regulatory issues that only months earlier had been headline news. Although Congress was preoccupied, the Environmental Protection Agency continued to work on key rulemakings while the Occupational Safety and Health Administration focused on enforcement.
EHS Quarterly Review: Third Quarter 2011 (48 pages). During the third quarter of 2011, there was much activity in Congress with few results. The fractured legislative branch continued to battle over the budget and regulatory over-reach, leaving the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration uncertain about federal regulatory planning. Despite the ongoing gridlock in Washington, D.C., EPA and OSHA continued to pursue rulmakings in a variety of areas during the third quarter of 2011.