The Biggest Environmental Rulings Of 2017

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (December 15, 2017, 6:07 PM EST) -- Courts answered several important environmental law questions in 2017, including how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may regulate recycling and hydrofluorocarbons, and how the effects of greenhouse gases must be factored into project analyses.

Here are the biggest rulings in environmental cases from 2017.

'Sham Recycling' Rule Trimmed

In July, the D.C. Circuit struck down portions of the EPA's regulatory definition of solid waste that were challenged by industry groups but left the rest of the rule intact.

The EPA had touted its 2015 rule as an effort to cut down on "sham recycling," when companies claim to reuse materials that...

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