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Oil Spills At Sea: Better Prevention and Cleanup
Posted on 5 Oct 2015 by Dianne Saxe

Some rare good news. Oil tanker spills into world oceans: there aren’t as many as there used to be, and they do not do as much damage as they used to do. According to the excellent newsletter of the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation... Read More

Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge Seeks Proposals to Further Access to Safe Water and Improved Sanitation
Posted on 5 Jan 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

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... Read More

Creative Sentence For Ontario Concrete Company
Posted on 9 Jul 2015 by Dianne Saxe

A Sudbury ready mix concrete company, Rainbow Concrete Industries Ltd ., pleaded guilty to one count under s. 30 of the Ontario Water Resources Act , for discharging concrete waste water into a Sudbury creek, and received a creative sentence plus a fine... Read More

Waters of the United States – D.C. Circuit Home Builders II Opinion
Posted on 18 Aug 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Persistence is a good trait in the arena of appellate advocacy, but sometimes it is difficult to know when to keep pushing or when to stop. It may be that a signal was sent in the concurrence written by Senior Circuit Judge Silberman, with whom Senior... Read More

Battles over Stormwater: Maryland Counties Fight the 'Rain Tax'
Posted on 29 Dec 2013 by J. Wylie Donald

It's not secession like Colorado but three Maryland counties are staging their own Fort Sumter. The Carroll County Council has received a notice from the State that the County did not appear to be meeting its obligations under the 2012 Stormwater... Read More

EPA Enforcement Initiative
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Williams Mullen

EPA is currently pursuing six National Enforcement Initiatives. One of these initiatives is entitled, “Keeping Raw Sewage and Contaminated Stormwater Out of Our Nation’s Waters.” Over the past three years, civil penalties in cases settled... Read More

The Ninth Circuit reads very narrowly the circumstances under which attorney's fees will not be awarded to a prevailing party in CWA litigation
Posted on 22 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance sued the City of Seward, Alaska, for violation of the CWA in discharging pollutants without an NPDES permit from both the small boat harbor and the industrial park. About 9 months later, both parties filed MSJ;... Read More

U.S. EPA Ordered to Pay Attorneys' Fee Sanction In Clean Water Act Lawsuit
Posted on 15 Oct 2015 by Steven M. Siros

A federal district court judge in Texas has granted a developer’s motion for summary judgment against the United States, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], and ordered the Government to reimburse... Read More

EPA Issues Revised Guidance on the Use of Diesel Fuels in Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 24 Feb 2014 by Babst Calland

Pursuant to its authority under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued final, revised guidance for permitting hydraulic fracturing activities that use diesel fuels. By way of background... Read More

Jenner & Block: New Water Scarcity Mapping Tool
Posted on 29 Jul 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

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... Read More

World Environment Day – Help us support Just a Drop!
Posted on 31 May 2013 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

World Environment Day – Help us support Just a Drop On June 5, 2013 Reed Elsevier (RE) is launching the World Environment Day Challenge, a g RE en team-led fundraising drive, in support of Just a Drop . This is a unique opportunity to... Read More

Jenner & Block: You Are Drinking What? Reuse Of Municipal Wastewater
Posted on 14 Sep 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

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... Read More

GAO Finds EPA Needs to Better Protect Drinking Water from Fracking Activities
Posted on 27 Aug 2014 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report entitled “ Drinking Water: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement ,” in which the GAO... Read More

Proposal to Revise Aluminum and Selenium Water Quality Criteria
Posted on 27 Aug 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (“WVDEP”) proposed rule revisions for consideration during the 2016 regular legislative session are now available on the WVDEP website, including long-awaited revisions being... Read More

EPA and State of New York Reach Agreement With City of New York To Reopen Croton Drinking Water Supply Next Year
Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

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... Read More