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A new marker for human pollution contaminating surface and ground waters? Pepper virus.

It is common for E. Coli to be used as a marker for the potential presence of human waste in surface and ground waters. The pepper mild mottle virus is widespread in raw sewage, treated wastewater, reclaimed wastewater, and seawater exposed to wastewater. Thus, sampling for the pepper virus could...

Cattle feed can contribute to increased rural ozone levels

As noted in prior posts, livestock operations are often associated with polluting streams and groundwater. Manure lagoons not only are associated with odor, but because of the nitrogen and phosphorus produced are associated with dead zones in streams and estuarial habitats. Additionally, prior posts...

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...

Mycoremediation shows promise in breaking down "disposable" diapers

Despite their name, disposable diapers are difficult to break down in a landfill; studies suggest they may take centuries to rot away. The reason they are so persistent is that the main ingredient of disposable diapers is cellulose, a rather persistent material. Researchers therefore took a look at Pleurotus...

Pharmaceuticals, Drinking Water, and Liability

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The better our detection ability becomes, the more things we find in the water. One important group of those things is pharmaceuticals and their metabolites. Pharmaceuticals are specifically designed to affect the bodies, brains and behaviour of humans...

Comment: Fracing the Environment?: An Examination of the Effects and Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing

By Brian J. Smith, J.D., Texas Wesleyan School of Law I. Introduction "Fracing is now essential to economic production of oil and gas and commonly used throughout Texas, the United States, and the world," and as worldwide demand for fossil fuel rises, it will become an increasingly...

EPA Announces Schedule to Develop Natural Gas Wastewater Standards

Announcement is part of administration's priority to ensure natural gas development continues safely and responsibly WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a schedule to develop standards for wastewater discharges produced by natural gas extraction from underground...

EPA Releases DMR Pollutant Loading Tool

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block EPA recently released the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool designed to help individuals determine who is discharging, what pollutants they are discharging and how much, and where they are discharging. The tool calculates pollutant...

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...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Fracking Not A Watered-Down Topic

FRACKING REMAINS A HOT TOPIC IN MANY STATES: The controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," has boiled over in numerous statehouses this year. The battle has often come down along party lines, with Republicans heavily supporting measures allowing the process over...

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...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Cuomo Wants Fracking Health Review Before Allowing Hydraulic Fracturing

CUOMO WANTS NY PRE-FRACKING HEALTH REVIEW: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said last week he will not issue a final decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," until the Empire State has further studied the potential impact such drilling will have on public health. ...

Jenner & Block: Important Environmental Compliance Considerations In The Wake Of Hurricane Sandy

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, and Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block As Hurricane Sandy swept across the Eastern Seaboard, the images of its destructive power were humbling. As everyone begins to dig out from the damage caused by the storm, it is important to remember the environmental...

Can DEQ Waive Its Deadline for VPDES Permit Renewal?

BY: LYNNE C. RHODE, JOHN W. DANIEL II & CHANNING J. MARTIN Regulations of the State Water Control Board require that a party must file a renewal application for a water discharge permit at least 180 days before the permit expires. What happens if you miss the deadline? To begin with, DEQ personnel...

City of Huntington Creates Water Quality Board Combining Wastewater, Stormwater and Flood Wall Operations

Historically, the City of Huntington, West Virginia operated three municipal services related to management of the water quality and quantity in and around City proper under separately established municipal corporate organizations: 1) the Huntington Flood Wall Division, 2) the Huntington Storm Water...

China's Pollution Woes Trigger a New Environment for Manufacturers in China

By Richard J. Ferris, Jr. China presents foreign manufacturers with many paradoxes. The most modern of manufacturing operations can exist nearby the most backward. Thousands of quality assurance, hygiene, energy conservation and other regulatory standards are in place, but access to, enforcement...