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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

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

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

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

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

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

OECD Recommends More Tariffs and Taxes to Manage Water Risks
Posted on 4 May 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson Today's financing mechanisms cannot cover the cost of upgrading old water systems, due to public budget cuts, a failure to reflect future costs in water charges and a drop in tariff revenues as city dwellers use less water. A... Read More

Court Affirms Disclosure in NPDES Permitting Is Critical to Permit Shield
Posted on 25 Mar 2015 by Troutman Sanders

By Miranda Yost , Of Counsel, Troutman Sanders LLP A recent Sixth Circuit decision, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], on permit shield protection reinforces the importance of full disclosure to the permitting agency. The Sixth... Read More

Tags: coal , shield , Clean , permit , water

Water Scarcity—Important Developments
Posted on 5 May 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson While much progress has been made in the U.S. to address water quality since the first Earth Day in 1970, increasingly the critical issue of the day is water quantity and specifically sufficient availability of safe water for everyone... Read More

Great Lakes Protection Act Reintroduced (Again)
Posted on 8 Apr 2015 by Dianne Saxe

By Meredith James As promised in Minister Murray’s mandate letter , Ontario’s provincial government has reintroduced the Great Lakes Protection Act . If passed, the Act would: · Help fight climate change, reduce harmful algal... 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