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Trump Administration's Budget Blueprint Calls For Significant Impacts to Environmental Programs

The Trump Administration unveiled significant rollbacks in funding for federal agencies when it released its Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again on March 16, 2017. The President's proposed budget priorities would...more

Initial Wave of Environmental, Energy Changes Under the Trump Administration

In the initial week of the Trump Administration, a lot has happened and more changes are planned. Here are the highlights from Week One: Confirmation Hearings - Confirmation hearings were conducted for Scott Pruitt...more

EPA Publishes Final Rule for Small MS4 General Discharge Permits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit Remand Rule in the Federal Register on Dec. 9,...more

EPA Publishes Proposed Benchmarks for Revised District of Columbia MS4 Permit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on Nov. 17, 2016, a Notice of Intent to Reissue the District of Columbia's municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit. The notice triggers a 45-day public...more

EPA Proposes Financial Responsibility Requirements for Hardrock Mining Industry - The Proposed Rule Could Set a Precedent for...

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on Dec. 1, 2016, signed a pre-publication version of a proposed rule that seeks to establish financial responsibility requirements for approximately 221...more

Final D.C. Groundwater Well Requirements Will Impact Many Property Owners

The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on Oct. 28, 2016, published final rules governing the construction, maintenance and abandonment of wells. The new regulations became effective immediately...more

Stormwater Alert: Maryland Fee Program No Longer Mandatory

In April 2015, the Maryland General Assembly enacted a law – known as SB 863 – that substantially amended legislation enacted in 2012 requiring each of the 10 most populous jurisdictions in Maryland to establish an annual...more

D.C. Department of Environment Proposes Higher Stormwater Management Fees - Proposed Increases Are Based on Outdated Data and May...

The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) recently announced proposed increases to its fees established under the new Stormwater Management, Soil Erosion, and Sediment Control Regulations (Stormwater Rules). The...more

EPA Releases Significant Proposed Rule to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Power Plants - Proposed Rule Is Part of...

EPA's proposed rule is focused on limiting the carbon intensity of fossil fuel-fired power plants (commonly referred to as electric generating units or EGUs) by adopting goals to limit overall carbon dioxide (CO2)...more

The District of Columbia's Implementation of Stormwater Management Regulations Enters Second Transition Phase

During the second transition period for the implementation of the District's new Stormwater Management Regulations, certain regulated projects may qualify for exemptions from certain stormwater retention requirements....more

New ASTM Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments Includes Substantive Changes

On November 6, 2013, ASTM International (ASTM) published a new Standard Practice for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, known as ASTM E1527-13.1 The new ASTM standard includes a number of substantive revisions to the...more

Federal Court Upholds the Final TMDL for the Chesapeake Bay in Important Decision Involving Cooperative Federalism

In a case of first impression, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania upheld the EPA's authority to establish a final total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed that...more

District Department of the Environment Finalizes Rulemaking on Stormwater Management, and Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) finalized its rulemaking on Stormwater Management, and Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (Stormwater Rules) on July 19, 2013. The Stormwater Rules, which were issued in order...more

President Obama Unveils Climate Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Adapt to the Impacts of Climate Change

The Obama administration released its Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change on June 25, 2013. In a speech at Georgetown University unveiling the plan, President...more

D.C. Seeks to Finalize Rules Aimed at Preventing and Eliminating Lead Hazards

For several years, the District of Columbia has been working toward regulations designed to prevent and eliminate lead hazards. It came one step closer on April 26, 2013, when the District's Department of the Environment...more

District of Columbia Mayor Gray Announces Release of New Sustainable DC Plan to Implement Sustainability Initiative

The release of a new plan to implement the District of Columbia's "Sustainable DC" Initiative was announced by Mayor Vincent Gray on February 20, 3013. The Sustainable DC Plan builds on 15 months of planning and public...more

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Settled Precedent for Regulating Transfers of Water Through Stormwater Systems and Other Water...

On January 8, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned a judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that would have had vast consequences for stormwater systems and other water infrastructure...more

Court Holds for First Time That EPA Cannot Regulate Stormwater as a Pollutant under Clean Water Act

In a significant ruling issued on January 3, 2013, a federal court held for the first time that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot regulate stormwater as a "pollutant" under the Clean Water Act....more

EPA Revised Guidance Encourages Renewable Energy and Other Industry Development on Contaminated Properties

On December 5, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued revised guidance regarding whether lessees of contaminated or formerly contaminated property may claim protection from liability under the...more

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