• D.C. Circuit Upholds EPA’s Revised Rules on Hexavalent Chromium Emissions
  • November 6, 2015 | Author: Christopher G. Foster
  • Law Firm: Morris Polich & Purdy LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • In National Association for Surface Finishing v. EPA, (Case No. 12-1459, July 21, 2015) the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals considered a pair of challenges to a 2012 regulation promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), revising Clean Air Act (CAA) standards for emissions of hexavalent chromium. Hexavalent chromium is a carcinogenic compound emitted into the air during various chrome-finishing processes at more than a thousand facilities across the country. Various environmental organizations filed petitions challenging the EPA’s revised rule arguing the rule is too lax. Not surprisingly, an industry petitioner, the National Association for Surface Finishing (Association), argued that the rule is too stringent.