Wolfe co-chairs statewide environmental seminar for the Ohio State Bar Association

On March 30-31, 2017, Leslie G. Wolfe co-chaired the 32nd Annual Ohio Environment, Energy and Resources Law Seminar sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association. The event was held at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio and was attended by over 200 environmental attorneys and professional consultants. Highlights included a keynote address by Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler, as well as presentations by other speakers on timely environmental issues, including Professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. [More]

New Tools & Potential Risks in Environmental Due Diligence

In an article published in the February 2017 issue of Properties magazine and titled, "New Tools & Potential Risks in Environmental Due Diligence," Leslie G. Wolfe and David Ricco encouraged parties to real estate transactions to remain up-to-date on emerging issues in environmental due diligence, in order to increase the chances for the success of their projects. [More]

EPA Proposes Ban on Certain Uses of TCE - Expanded authority allows regulation of chemicals already in commerce

In its first significant action under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act of 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposal to ban the manufacture, import, processing, distribution and commercial use of the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) for aerosol degreasing and spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities. The EPA’s proposal, issued December 7, 2016, also seeks to require manufacturers, processors and distributors, (not including retailers) to provide downstream notification of TCE use prohibitions throughout the supply chain and to keep limited records. [More]

EPA Includes Asbestos Among the First Ten Chemicals Identified for Review Under New TSCA Legislation

On November 29, 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first ten chemicals it will prioritize for risk evaluation under the recent legislative amendments to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Asbestos has been included in EPA's priority list. This portends that EPA may attempt to restrict or ban asbestos-containing products and/or their manufacture, importation, processing, or distribution in commerce through its authority under TSCA. Previous attempts by the agency to restrict or ban asbestos through rulemaking have been unsuccessful. [More]