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Jenner & Block: Important Environmental Compliance Considerations In The Wake Of Hurricane Sandy
Posted on 13 Nov 2012 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, and Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block As Hurricane Sandy swept across the Eastern Seaboard, the images of its destructive power were humbling. As everyone begins to dig out from the damage caused by the... Read More

China's Pollution Woes Trigger a New Environment for Manufacturers in China
Posted on 8 Oct 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

By Richard J. Ferris, Jr. China presents foreign manufacturers with many paradoxes. The most modern of manufacturing operations can exist nearby the most backward. Thousands of quality assurance, hygiene, energy conservation and other regulatory... 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

Comment: Fracing the Environment?: An Examination of the Effects and Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 11 Oct 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Brian J. Smith, J.D., Texas Wesleyan School of Law I. Introduction "Fracing is now essential to economic production of oil and gas and commonly used throughout Texas, the United States, and the world," and as worldwide demand for... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Cuomo Wants Fracking Health Review Before Allowing Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 1 Oct 2012 by State Net

CUOMO WANTS NY PRE-FRACKING HEALTH REVIEW: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said last week he will not issue a final decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," until the Empire State has further studied the potential impact... 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

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

Can DEQ Waive Its Deadline for VPDES Permit Renewal?
Posted on 19 Sep 2013 by Williams Mullen

BY: LYNNE C. RHODE, JOHN W. DANIEL II & CHANNING J. MARTIN Regulations of the State Water Control Board require that a party must file a renewal application for a water discharge permit at least 180 days before the permit expires. What happens... Read More

EPA Announces Schedule to Develop Natural Gas Wastewater Standards
Posted on 21 Oct 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Announcement is part of administration's priority to ensure natural gas development continues safely and responsibly WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a schedule to develop standards for wastewater discharges... Read More

EPA Enforcement Initiative
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Williams Mullen

EPA is currently pursuing six National Enforcement Initiatives. One of these initiatives is entitled, “Keeping Raw Sewage and Contaminated Stormwater Out of Our Nation’s Waters.” Over the past three years, civil penalties in cases settled... Read More

City of Huntington Creates Water Quality Board Combining Wastewater, Stormwater and Flood Wall Operations
Posted on 27 Aug 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Historically, the City of Huntington, West Virginia operated three municipal services related to management of the water quality and quantity in and around City proper under separately established municipal corporate organizations: 1) the Huntington Flood... Read More

EPA Lacks Authority to Regulate Plastic Microbeads in Water
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson Tiny microbeads are introduced everyday into waterways from many personal care products and over the counter drugs. The plastic microbeads (often made of polyethylene or polypropylene) are recent additions in facial scrubs, soaps... 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

EPA Releases DMR Pollutant Loading Tool
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block EPA recently released the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool designed to help individuals determine who is discharging, what pollutants they are discharging and how much, and where... 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