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Fisheries Act Convictions For Discharging Drinking Water
Posted on 21 Jul 2015 by Dianne Saxe

Two Alberta construction companies have been convicted under the Fisheries Act for rupturing municipal water mains, discharging chlorinated drinking water into storm sewers and fish habitat. Treated municipal drinking water is harmful to fish, which... Read More

Congressional Leaders To FERC: “Did EPA Consult with You About Its Clean Power Plan?”
Posted on 10 Feb 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

You are probably well aware of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Clean Power Plan. You may not be aware that Congressional leaders are asking very pointed questions to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”... Read More

The 2014 California Environmental Legislative Recap: An Election Year Drought
Posted on 31 Mar 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

By Mr. Gary A. Lucks Get the latest expert analysis on California's new environmental and land use laws. This article summarizes legislation passed during the 2014-2015 California Legislative Session, including bills addressing water supply... Read More

Pennsylvania’s TENORM Study is Released – What are the Conclusions?
Posted on 23 Mar 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) is found in virtually all soil and rock on the earth’s surface. NORM can also be found in groundwater as the result of its contact with NORM bearing geologic formations. When human related activities... Read More

“Clearing” the Waters – U.S. EPA and the Army Corps Finalize “Waters of the United States” Definition
Posted on 9 Jul 2015 by Foley & Lardner LLP

On May 27, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“U.S. EPA”) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) issued their highly anticipated final revision to the definition of “waters of the United... Read More

A FIP Primer for the Clean Power Plan
Posted on 30 Jun 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Much has been made of late about EPA’s authority to develop federal implementation plans (FIPs) to achieve the state-based GHG emissions reduction targets the agency is preparing to establish under Clean Power Plan. Led by Senator Mitch McConnell... Read More

Province and Feds Sign Great Lakes Act Again
Posted on 25 Feb 2015 by Dianne Saxe

By Jennifer Kalnins Temple The Ontario and federal governments have signed the latest (8th) version of the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health ( 2014 COA ). The purpose of this agreement is to implement Canada’s... Read More

Peter Glaser Talks “Just Say No” Option for States on E&E TV
Posted on 26 Mar 2015 by Troutman Sanders

Should states opt to “just say no” to U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal by either not submitting compliance plans or creating mechanisms that do not follow the agency’s building blocks? Peter Glaser in Troutman’s D.C.... Read More

Tags: electricity , coal , air , Plant , power , Clean

Farm Animals, Manure and Environmental Law
Posted on 26 Nov 2014 by Dianne Saxe

Here is the presentation by Meredith James on Farm Animals, Manure and Environmental Law for the Animal Law section of the OBA . The presentation focuses on the manure produced by farm animals. In particular, the presentation looks at how manure is... Read More

Indiana Legislature Considers Aboveground Storage Tank Legislation
Posted on 11 Feb 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Marc C. Bryson , Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. On January 12, 2015, the Indiana Senate Environmental Affairs Committee heard a first reading of two bills aimed at addressing perceived threats to public water supplies posed by aboveground... Read More

US EPA Issues First-Ever RCRA “Imminent and Substantial Endangerment” Order for Vapor Intrusion at Fort Gillem, Georgia
Posted on 15 Oct 2014 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By: Alexander J. Bandza In what appears to be the first-ever RCRA § 7003, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], “imminent and substantial endangerment” order for vapor intrusion, US EPA Region 4 issued an order... Read More

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC
Posted on 4 Mar 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald It was innocuous enough: Conference on Environmental Regulations; but the plainness of title belied what was going on at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the first public forum at FERC on EPA's Clean Power Plan... Read More

West Virginia Total Maximum Daily Loads Litigation Challenging EPA
Posted on 10 Mar 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Inc; Sierra Club; West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Inc; and the West Virginia Rivers Coalition have filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against U.S. EPA, Region III. The action challenges... Read More

Tags: Total , Clean , maximum , river , water , streem , EPA

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC, Part II - Infrastructure
Posted on 9 Mar 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By Tricia Caliguire Because I had a seat inside the meeting room at FERC's Clean Power Plan Overview last month, I got a close-up view of the protesters. Most were older (as opposed to the college-student variety), they carried signs, wore matching... Read More

Ohio EPA Seeks Comments On US Army Corps Of Engineers’ Report
Posted on 17 Mar 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Ohio EPA is seeking public comments on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ report entitled “Influence of Open-Lake Placement of Dredged Material on Western Lake Erie Basin Harmful Algal Blooms” and the Corps’ position on open lake... Read More

Tags: Erie , dredge , algal , Clean , blooms , water , Lake