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EPA Announces Schedule to Develop Natural Gas Wastewater Standards
Posted on 21 Oct 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

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... 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

City of Huntington Creates Water Quality Board Combining Wastewater, Stormwater and Flood Wall Operations
Posted on 27 Aug 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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... Read More

EPA Lacks Authority to Regulate Plastic Microbeads in Water
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson Tiny microbeads are introduced everyday into waterways from many personal care products and over the counter drugs. The plastic microbeads (often made of polyethylene or polypropylene) are recent additions in facial scrubs, soaps... 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

Can DEQ Waive Its Deadline for VPDES Permit Renewal?
Posted on 19 Sep 2013 by Williams Mullen

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... Read More

EPA Releases DMR Pollutant Loading Tool
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

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... Read More

Federal Govt Stands Down Wastewater Pollution Regulations
Posted on 21 Apr 2015 by Dianne Saxe

The federal government has reached an equivalency agreement with Quebec over wastewater pollution regulations intended to protect fish. Under the federal Fisheries Act , the federal government can agree NOT to apply its regulations in a province, if it... Read More

Change Management for the Industrial Wastewater Discharger
Posted on 15 Jun 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Ryan W. Trail Facilities discharging industrial wastewater to Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) must be keenly sensitive to changes in the nature and volume of their discharge. Proper planning, notification and interaction with the POTW... 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

  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Federal Govt Stands Down Wastewater Pollution Regulations

    The federal government has reached an equivalency agreement with Quebec over wastewater pollution regulations intended to protect fish. Under the federal Fisheries Act , the federal government can agree NOT to apply its regulations in a province, if it agrees that provincial regulations in that province...
  • Blog Post: Change Management for the Industrial Wastewater Discharger

    By Ryan W. Trail Facilities discharging industrial wastewater to Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) must be keenly sensitive to changes in the nature and volume of their discharge. Proper planning, notification and interaction with the POTW may mean the difference between the smooth road of...
  • Blog Post: EPA Lacks Authority to Regulate Plastic Microbeads in Water

    By E. Lynn Grayson Tiny microbeads are introduced everyday into waterways from many personal care products and over the counter drugs. The plastic microbeads (often made of polyethylene or polypropylene) are recent additions in facial scrubs, soaps, toothpastes and other personal care products...
  • Blog Post: EPA Enforcement Initiative

    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 under this initiative have ranged from zero...