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U.S. EPA Ordered to Pay Attorneys' Fee Sanction In Clean Water Act Lawsuit
Posted on 15 Oct 2015 by Steven M. Siros

A federal district court judge in Texas has granted a developer’s motion for summary judgment against the United States, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], and ordered the Government to reimburse... Read More

Is that Wetland Jurisdictional? A Practical Guide to the New Clean Water Rule
Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Channing J. Martin , Partner, Williams Mullen The Clean Water Rule recently issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers defines the scope of federal jurisdiction over wetlands and other “waters of the United States.” It became effective... Read More

Final Version of Controversial Clean Water Rule Announced: Does EPA Have Jurisdiction Over Your Ditch?
Posted on 22 Jul 2015 by Allison Torrence

On May 29, 2015, the Obama administration released the final version of its highly controversial Clean Water Rule. President Obama declared that the new rule “will provide the clarity and certainty businesses and industry need about which waters... Read More

Less Environmental Enforcement = More Private Prosecutions?
Posted on 19 Feb 2015 by Dianne Saxe

When governments do little to enforce environmental laws, generally or in particular areas, private citizens and environmental groups sometimes try to fill the gaps with private prosecutions. These cases are burdensome and expensive to handle, but can... Read More