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Virginia Environmental Regulatory Developments
Posted on 29 Oct 2013 by Williams Mullen

BY: LYNNE C. RHODE, JOHN W. DANIEL II & CHANNING J. MARTIN STATE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL BOARD A. Final Regulations 1. Existing Stationary Sources (Rev. J07) (amending 9VAC5-40-6970, 9VAC5-40-7050; adding 9VAC5-40-6975). 9VAC5-45. Consumer... Read More

Atrazine Settlement Provides Millions to Water Utilities
Posted on 31 Jan 2013 by Todd Janzen

By Todd J. Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP A class action lawsuit alleging that the herbicide Atrazine contaminated various Midwestern water supplies has been settled. As part of the settlement , Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc... Read More

Pharmaceuticals, Drinking Water, and Liability
Posted on 24 Jun 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The better our detection ability becomes, the more things we find in the water. One important group of those things is pharmaceuticals and their metabolites. Pharmaceuticals are specifically designed to... Read More

New Chemicals Proposed for Addition to California’s Proposition 65 List
Posted on 1 Feb 2012 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Katherine M. Rahill, Partner, Jenner & Block In December and January, the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment ("OEHHA") announced its intent to add seven new chemicals... Read More

Toxicologist Responds to Atrazine's Critics
Posted on 7 Feb 2012 by Todd Janzen

By Todd J. Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP I recently attended a seminar with Tim Pastoor, a toxicologist from Syngenta and a leading expert on atrazine (also simazine and propazine), a popular farm herbicide used to control... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Natural Gas Fracking in Ohio and New York
Posted on 18 Jun 2012 by State Net

KASICH SIGNS OH FRACKING BILL: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed sweeping energy legislation last week (SB 315) that among many provisions establishes new rules regulating natural gas drilling procedures in the Buckeye State. But some Republican lawmakers... Read More

Arnold & Porter: Hydraulic Fracturing – Legislative and Regulatory Materials and the Comprehensive Case Chart
Posted on 3 Aug 2012 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP Hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a process used by the oil and gas industry for more than 60 years, has attracted the national spotlight. By injecting fluids and other materials... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Fracking Not A Watered-Down Topic
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 by State Net

FRACKING REMAINS A HOT TOPIC IN MANY STATES: The controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," has boiled over in numerous statehouses this year. The battle has often come down along party lines, with Republicans heavily... Read More

USEPA Promulgates New Fracking Air Rules
Posted on 2 May 2012 by Marc Karell

By Marc Karell, P.E., CEM, Principal, Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC While the focus of the environmental controversy concerning hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") has been the alleged contamination of aquifers and other drinking... Read More

Water Resources Legislation Could Lead to Increase of U.S. Water P3s
Posted on 30 Jun 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Brian Walsh, William C. Rhodes, Lee A. Storey, Steve T. Park, and Christopher R. Sullivan President Obama recently signed into law the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers... 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

GAO: States are under reporting drinking water violations
Posted on 6 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

EPA has delegated enforcement of drinking water standards to most States. EPA depends on the reported data to monitor the effectiveness of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) program. To assess the accuracy of the data reported, EPA asked GAO to audit... Read More

Agricultural Food Exports Use a Lot of Water
Posted on 26 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

When examining the issue of water shortages and water usage, most of the emphasis is on domestic utilization. Rarely is the issue posed in terms of the impact of trade on water usage. However, such an analysis poses an alternative, and interesting, methodology... Read More

Another U.S. Supreme Court Water Challenge Case
Posted on 20 Aug 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The Colorado River Water transfer pacts are at issue again in a new petition for review recently filed. In Cuatro Del Mar v. Imperial Irrigation District , U.S., No. 12-53, 7/11/12, Cuatro Del Mar, a... Read More

Jenner & Block: You Are Drinking What? Reuse Of Municipal Wastewater
Posted on 14 Sep 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The Wall Street Journal has reported that about 60% of the U.S. is now living through drought conditions and half of all counties have been declared disaster areas. Drastic situations call for drastic... Read More