Environmental brief ~ Chemical company charged with asbestos cover-up Tom Henry at 6:50 PM ET
[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace and Co. [corporate website] and some of its executive employees have been charged by federal prosecutors with 3 counts of violating the Clean Air Act [EPA text], 4 counts of obstruction of justice, 2 counts of wire fraud and 1 count of conspiracy. The charges stem from an investigation into asbestos pollution at a Grace-owned mine in Libby, Montana, which is now a Superfund site. W.R. Grace has issued a statement on the indictment [PDF]. The Washington Post has more.
The OSM also seeks comments on proposed amendments [text] to the Iowa regulatory program under SMCRA [text] that would remove one of the ways to gauge revegetation success. Comments can be made here until March 10. Requests for a public hearing can be made here until February 23.
The National Marine Fisheries Service [official website] seeks comments on the proposed 2005 Atlantic bluefish fishery regulations [text]. The agency's rule follows the regulations prepared by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Comments can be made here until February 23.
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