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Silver nanoparticles are transformed by sewage treatment
Posted on 18 Dec 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted a number of issues related to nanoparticles. Silver nanoparticles are used in hundreds of consumer products, including food storage containers, clothing, computer keyboards, cosmetics, pillows, cell phones, and medical appliances... Read More

Even toxics can act as a generic selection factor in the environment
Posted on 22 Feb 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

One of the themes of this blog has been that virtually anything present in the environment can act as a selection factor influencing the course of evolution. A recent study on fish and PCB's and dioxins illustrates this point. Unfortunately for humans... Read More

Administration announces plans for new regulations regarding wetlands, but specifics are lacking for now
Posted on 29 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The Administration has announced that it will propose new regulations to protect wetlands and smaller streams; unfortunately, specifics are lacking at present. The Administration appears to believe that their new regulations will fit within the constraints... Read More

Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge Shortlists 2012 Projects
Posted on 14 Jun 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Five projects bringing safe water and sanitation in final race for 1st and 2nd prize The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge shortlist was announced on June 12, highlighting five innovative ideas to provide sustainable access to safe water and... Read More

New USGS Report Finds Wells Contaminated
Posted on 3 Oct 2011 by E. Lynn Grayson

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... Read More

EPA Responds to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
Posted on 11 May 2010 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Since the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 22, 2010, EPA has mobilized resources to support the U.S. Coast Guard and protect public health and the environment. Our Emergency Operations Center at headquarters has been activated, trained EPA... Read More

EPA Launches Green Products Web Portal for Pollution Prevention Week
Posted on 27 Sep 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is observing Pollution Prevention (P2) Week (September 19-25, 2011) by launching a new tool designed to provide Americans easy access to information about everyday products like home appliances... Read More

The Struggle Over the Mississippi River Basin
Posted on 6 Jun 2012 by Todd Janzen

By Todd J. Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP While most farmers go quietly about their spring planting this year, a storm is brewing over the Mississippi River Basin of which few are probably aware. I am referring to the legal... Read More

Did Gulf surface bacteria not find Deepwater Horizon oil to be a complete diet?
Posted on 7 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have discussed various aspects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its impact on the biota of the Gulf. Bioremediation has several goals. First, one uses nature to remediate contamination, saving significant sums. Second, the "food"... Read More

East Asia-Pacific Children Highly Vulnerable to Climate Change Impacts
Posted on 16 Nov 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

The UNICEF report, Children's Vulnerabilities of Climate Change and Disaster Impacts in East Asia and the Pacific , supported by Reed Elsevier, highlights that children are likely to be among those most affected by climate change. Millions of... Read More

EPA’S Office of Water Seeking Industry Input on How to Integrate Sustainability into Water Regulatory Program
Posted on 23 Jan 2012 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Water is initiating efforts to obtain comments concerning how it should integrate sustainability (i.e., the consideration of environmental... Read More

Ninth Circuit Holds that Dry Cleaning Equipment Manufacturers Must Engage in Active, Not Merely Passive, Activities to be Liable Under RCRA
Posted on 19 Mar 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

In litigation involving soil and/or groundwater contamination from releases related to dry cleaning equipment and PCE, it has been common for injured property owners to sue the dry cleaning equipment manufacturers, among others. One of the primary legal... Read More

Colorado Hydraulic Fracturing Toxic Tort Case Dismissed By Lone Pine Order, by William A. Ruskin
Posted on 23 May 2012 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin A Lone Pine Order is an innovative judicial case management tool that requires toxic tort plaintiffs to produce credible expert evidence to support their theory of causation (or another key component of plaintiffs' claim... 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

Colorado District Attorney lacks standing to bring citizen suit under Clean Water Act
Posted on 25 Oct 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

A local Colorado district attorney, among others, filed suit against a city for allegedly discharging pollutants into a creek in violation of the CWA. The District Court granted the city's motion for summary judgment on the ground that the district... Read More