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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

Administrative Watch: EPA Issues New Rule on Definition of Waters of the United States
Posted on 2 Jun 2015 by Babst Calland

On May 27, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released the long-awaited final rule redefining the extent of the agencies’ jurisdiction over “waters of the United... 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

Texas Petrochemical Refinery Achieves Reasoned Victory Against Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Posted on 5 Mar 2015 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

ExxonMobil Corp. (Exxon) operates a refinery complex in Baytown, Texas, which is the largest petroleum and petrochemical complex in the U.S. This Complex is governed by Title V operating permits issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality... 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