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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

Desalination Provides Important Source of Scarce Drinking Water in Israel
Posted on 10 Sep 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Insecure water availability is a source of friction in the Middle East. One solution to adapt to water scarcity in the area is desalination, a process that turns saltwater into potable drinking water. While desalination can cause environmental impacts... 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

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

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

2015 RELX Group Environmental Challenge Winners Announced
Posted on 28 Aug 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

According to the World Health Organisation, at least 1.8 billion people globally use a drinking-water source contaminated with faeces, and by 2025, half of the world's population will be living in water-stressed areas. 2.4 billion people still do... Read More

Jenner & Block: National Research Council Updates Contaminated Groundwater Sites Report
Posted on 29 Nov 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

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... Read More

Study Finds That Fracking Did Not Contaminate Drinking Water
Posted on 23 Jul 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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... Read More

Another U.S. Supreme Court Water Challenge Case
Posted on 20 Aug 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

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... Read More

GAO: States are under reporting drinking water violations
Posted on 6 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

EPA has delegated enforcement of drinking water standards to most States. EPA depends on the reported data to monitor the effectiveness of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) program. To assess the accuracy of the data reported, EPA asked GAO to audit... Read More

Agricultural Food Exports Use a Lot of Water
Posted on 26 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

When examining the issue of water shortages and water usage, most of the emphasis is on domestic utilization. Rarely is the issue posed in terms of the impact of trade on water usage. However, such an analysis poses an alternative, and interesting, methodology... Read More

More Funding Sought For Water Infrastructure Improvements
Posted on 4 Apr 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

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... Read More

Water Resources Legislation Could Lead to Increase of U.S. Water P3s
Posted on 30 Jun 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More