Ninth Circuit rules that owners of storm water systems (e.g., cities, counties, districts) are liable for discharges of polluted stormwater into rivers and ocean

It is well known that stormwater gathers a variety of pollutants as it flows across the landscape and even through stormwater drainage systems. See, for example, http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=6 and http://www.epa.gov/owow_keep/NPS/index.html . In NRDC v. County of Los Angeles, Ninth...

Oil from Gulf of Mexico spill may still be present, particularly on the Gulf floor

Prior posts have noted that the dispersants used in the BP spill had a longer than anticipated life in the Gulf. Additionally, prior posts have noted the evidence supporting the thesis that the oil was consumed by microbes unusually fast. Recently published evidence indicates that the latter assertion...

2011 California Environmental Legislative Recap--A Touch More Green

By Mr. Gary Lucks Get the latest analysis of environmental laws recently passed by the California Legislature. The article includes coverage of 2011 state legislation on a variety of topics, such as climate change, air and water quality, energy, the California Environmental Quality Act, land use, sustainability...

Jenner & Block: Minnesota Bans Triclosan For State Government

By E. Lynn Grayson , Partner, Jenner & Block Minnesota is believed to be one of the first state governments to stop buying products containing triclosan, an antibacterial commonly used in soap and cosmetics. Through its combined buying power, the state purchases about $1 million worth of cleaning...

Californians Now Permitted To Capture and Use Harvested Rainwater Pursuant to Rainwater Recapture Act of 2012

By Scott Slater and Courtney Davis of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, L.L.P . Passage of the Rainwater Recapture Act of 2012 affords residential users and private and public entities with a new source of on-site water supply, which should reduce reliance on potable water for landscaping needs and...

Marten Law on Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center: No Permit Required for Stormwater Discharges from Logging Roads, U.S. Supreme Court Rules; Attention Shifts to EPA Rulemaking

By Meline MacCurdy, Associate, Marten Law PLLC In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Meline MacCurdy of Marten Law PLLC discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center that stormwater runoff from logging roads is not "associated with industrial activity"...

Homeowner Environmental Responsibilities For Septic Sewage Systems

By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ Massachusetts Title V Septic Regulations Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About 1/3rd of all homes in Massachusetts are dependent upon septic systems, rather than municipal sewer. These include some of the toniest Metrowest suburbs from Wayland, Sudbury, Weston, and Hopkinton...