The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge Is Launched

The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge was launched this week, inviting submissions of innovative ideas to improve access to safe and sustainable water supply for communities where access is presently at risk. The winning project will receive a prize of $50,000, with a second place prize of $25,000...

Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge Seeks Proposals to Further Access to Safe Water and Improved Sanitation

Leading information provider Reed Elsevier will award $75,000 to two innovative projects that provide access to safe water and improved sanitation to communities where it is presently at risk. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 900 million people in the world are deprived of good...

More Funding Sought For Water Infrastructure Improvements

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block Seven national water and wastewater associations asked House and Senate members to oppose cuts to the FY 13 appropriations for the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) requested by the Obama Administration. The White House budget...

Jenner & Block: New Water Scarcity Mapping Tool

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The World Resources Institute recently released its Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas (Atlas) to help companies identify water-related risks. The Atlas is a tool that provides geographical and sector-specific water risk context for companies. The Atlas is intended...

Another U.S. Supreme Court Water Challenge Case

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The Colorado River Water transfer pacts are at issue again in a new petition for review recently filed. In Cuatro Del Mar v. Imperial Irrigation District , U.S., No. 12-53, 7/11/12, Cuatro Del Mar, a citrus and palm tree grower, accused the Imperial...

Jenner & Block: You Are Drinking What? Reuse Of Municipal Wastewater

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The Wall Street Journal has reported that about 60% of the U.S. is now living through drought conditions and half of all counties have been declared disaster areas. Drastic situations call for drastic measures BUT drinking our own wastewater? The...

Jenner & Block: National Research Council Updates Contaminated Groundwater Sites Report

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block At least 126,000 sites across the U.S. have contaminated groundwater that requires remediation, and about 10 percent of these sites are considered "complex," meaning restoration is unlikely to be achieved in the next 50 to 100 years due...

Study Finds That Fracking Did Not Contaminate Drinking Water

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a Western Pennsylvania drilling site. Richard Hammack, a geologist with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National...

Virginia Environmental Regulatory Developments

BY: LYNNE C. RHODE, JOHN W. DANIEL II & CHANNING J. MARTIN STATE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL BOARD A. Final Regulations 1. Existing Stationary Sources (Rev. J07) (amending 9VAC5-40-6970, 9VAC5-40-7050; adding 9VAC5-40-6975). 9VAC5-45. Consumer and Commercial Products (Rev. J07) (amending 9VAC5...

Water Resources Legislation Could Lead to Increase of U.S. Water P3s

By Brian Walsh, William C. Rhodes, Lee A. Storey, Steve T. Park, and Christopher R. Sullivan President Obama recently signed into law the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The statute begins to address ways to fund...

EPA and State of New York Reach Agreement With City of New York To Reopen Croton Drinking Water Supply Next Year

The United States DOJ and EPA and the State of New York have reached agreement with New York City to modify the Consent Decree entered in November 1998 which required the City to construct a filtration plant for its Croton drinking water supply. Under the Third Supplement to the Consent Decree, lodged...