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New USGS Report Finds Wells Contaminated

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block According to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, Trace Elements and Radon in Groundwater Across the United States, 1992-2003 , about 20% of untreated water samples from public, private and monitoring wells contain concentrations of at least one...

World Health Organization (WHO) Issues Life Stage Guidance for Risk Assessment

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block According to WHO, a significant challenge exists with monitoring and assessing individual and population level exposure and risk to environmental chemicals associated with how to consider age and life-stage related changes in behavior and physiology...

WHO Announces Second Meeting On Global Collaboration In Chemical Risk Assessment

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced its second meeting focused on strengthening global collaboration in chemical risk assessment to be held 29-30 March 2012 in Bonn, Germany. The first meeting was held in March 2010. The two day meeting...

EPA Plans To Amend RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Regulations

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block EPA recently announced plans to amend certain hazardous waste regulations under RCRA at 40 C.F.R. Parts 261-265 in its Action Initiation List. According to EPA, the focus will be to streamline these regulations with the overall objective to make targeted...

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...

Jenner & Block: EPA Issues New NEPA Mapping Tool

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block EPA has issued a new online mapping tool, NEPAssist, to assist federal agencies in evaluating possible NEPA environmental review obligations. NEPAssist is one of five pilot projects selected by the White House Council on Environmental Quality to advance...

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: New EPCRA Tier I and Tier II Updates

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block EPA has proposed changes to EPCRA Section 312 Tier I and Tier II Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms required under 40 CFR Part 370. The new rules become effective January 1, 2014. The reporting requirements under the community right...

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: New Litigation Filed Over Spent Lead Ammunition On Public Lands

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council have filed a complaint against the U.S. Forest Service to limit the disposal of spent lead ammunition. Filed before the U.S. District Court for the District...

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...

Jenner & Block: New EPA Guidance On Institutional Controls

By E. Lynn Grayson , Partner, Jenner & Block EPA has released guidance on the use of institutional controls at CERCLA, RCRA and UST sites. The guidance titled Institutional Controls: A Guide to Planning, Implementing, Maintaining and Enforcing Institutional Controls at Contaminated Sites is...

Jenner & Block: New MOU Between EPA And Kentucky

By E. Lynn Grayson , Partner, Jenner & Bloc EPA Region 4 and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection (KYDEP) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support and strengthen efforts to achieve cleanups in Kentucky. The MOU is intended to help property...

Jenner & Block: Army Corps Proposes New Controls To Protect Great Lakes From Evasive Aquatic Species

By E. Lynn Grayson , Partner, Jenner & Block The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently released an updated list of controls it has identified for preventing the transfer of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basin. In the Aquatic Nuisance...