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The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge Is Launched

The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge was launched this week, inviting submissions of innovative ideas to improve access to safe and sustainable water supply for communities where access is presently at risk. The winning project will receive a prize of $50,000, with a second place prize of $25,000...

Silver nanoparticles are transformed by sewage treatment

Prior posts have noted a number of issues related to nanoparticles. Silver nanoparticles are used in hundreds of consumer products, including food storage containers, clothing, computer keyboards, cosmetics, pillows, cell phones, and medical appliances, because of their antimicrobial properties. Because...

California sets forth indicators of disproportionate impacts of climate change on environmental justice communities

To assist Cal-EPA with the examination of potential environmental justice concerns associated with climate change, Cal-EPA requested the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) [best known for its role in setting drinking water related Public Health Goals and in overseeing much of the...

EPA finalizes mountaintop mining guidance for Appalachia

EPA issued final guidance concerning environmental permitting regulations for mountaintop mining in Appalachia, maintaining the strengthened requirements it set out in the earlier interim guidance that was released on April 1, 2010. A summary of the guidance can be found at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs...

THE MARCELLUS SHALE ADVISORY COMMISSION’S REPORT

On July 22, 2011, the Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission presented its final Report with numerous recommendations for environmental policy, legislative and regulatory reforms to address development of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. The Report addresses complex questions, the solutions...

Water Scarcity Challenges Headed To Supreme Court

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block Three petitions have been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a review of a recent 11 th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allocate additional water from Lake Lanier to meet Atlanta's growing...

Agricultural Food Exports Use a Lot of Water

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 to think about and examine water utilization...

Virginia Environmental Regulatory Developments

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 and Commercial Products (Rev. J07) (amending 9VAC5...

WVDEP Releases Draft Interpretive Rule on Aboveground Storage Tank Inspection, Certification, and Spill Prevention Plan Requirements

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has released a draft " Interpretative Rule " to implement certain inspection, certification, and spill prevention – response plan provisions of the Aboveground Storage Tank Act (AST Act) enacted earlier this year. The AST...