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US Recommends Reducing Fluoride In Drinking Water
Posted on 1 Jul 2015 by Dianne Saxe

By Meredith James Communities throughout Canada and the US add fluoride to their drinking water supplies to prevent dental cavities. As we’ve written about before , some opponents claim that the risk of adverse health effects outweighs the... Read More

Lesson Learned from EPA Enforcement of EPCRA Form R Requirements
Posted on 3 Aug 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Ryan W. Trail EPCRA § 313 requires certain facilities manufacturing or “processing” more than 25,000 lbs. or otherwise using 10,000 lbs or more of a listed toxic chemical to file a Form R annually on or before July 1. In the... Read More

How To Answer Sustainability Program Doubters
Posted on 29 Oct 2014 by Marc Karell

We’re coming to the end of the year - the time that companies think seriously about the future. Financial performance data is in; you know where you stand. What is the direction of your firm? If your firm does not already have an energy or sustainability... Read More

Pope Francis On Environmental Law
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael B. Gerrard The remarkable Encyclical Letter issued last month by Pope Francis could be read as a primer on the importance and idealized operation of many of our environmental laws. The headings below are mine; the text is from the... Read More

New Advances In and Benefits of Green Stormwater Management
Posted on 2 Dec 2014 by Marc Karell

While I have written extensively for years on sustainability, I have emphasized energy, greenhouse gases, etc., and less on other important items, such as waste reduction and water conservation. So here I write about issues in stormwater management. As... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – Here Comes El Nino and Drought Stokes Wildfires in Western States
Posted on 19 Oct 2015 by State Net

California Update: Here Comes El Nino While much of the West suffers through an epic drought that has contributed to a deadly fire season, state and local officials are bracing for a severe El Nino winter that could bring substantial rain along the... Read More

New U.S. Treasury Paper Builds on Momentum for Public-Private Partnerships to Address Public Infrastructure Shortfalls
Posted on 12 May 2015 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Alexander J. Bandza , Associate, Jenner & Block The problem of aging public infrastructure in the U.S. and around the world is well recognized. For example, U.S. businesses pay $27 billion in additional freight costs because of the poor conditions... Read More

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

Drought: Water Restrictions Reach Oilsands
Posted on 16 Sep 2015 by Dianne Saxe

Unprecedented water use restrictions, due to widespread and extreme drought, are in force in western parts of the US and Canada. California is in its worst drought on record . Widespread water shortages have prompted state governor Jerry Brown to proclaim... Read More

New Report Concludes Water Will Impact Business Growth
Posted on 15 Jul 2014 by E. Lynn Grayson

A new report "Bridging Concern with Action: Are U.S. Companies Prepared for Looming Water Challenges?" by VOX Global and Pacific Institute concludes 60% of companies surveyed believe water is poised to affect business growth and profitability... Read More

2015 RELX Group Environmental Challenge Winners Announced
Posted on 28 Aug 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

According to the World Health Organisation, at least 1.8 billion people globally use a drinking-water source contaminated with faeces, and by 2025, half of the world's population will be living in water-stressed areas. 2.4 billion people still do... Read More

New Rule Clarifies Federal Government Authority to Regulate Certain Bodies of Water
Posted on 1 Jul 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Brendan K. Collins and Michael C. Duffy The final Waters of the United States rule, jointly proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last spring, was signed on May 26, 2015, and aims to clarify... 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

California Governor Issues Drought Emergency Proclamation for 25-Percent Urban Water Conservation
Posted on 27 Apr 2015 by Duane Morris LLP

On April 1, 2015, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued an Executive Order to address the significant drought conditions in the state. This Alert provides a summary of the key measures, which are effective immediately. 25-percent urban... Read More

Farms and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA)
Posted on 16 Jun 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Jessica J.O. King Pursuant to the Clean Water Act’s Oil Spill Pollution, Prevention, Control and Countermeasures Rule (SPCC Rule) 1 , farmers and other oil storage and handling facilities are required to have an SPCC Plan to prevent oil... Read More