Lucas Quass

Latham & Watkins LLP

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Sixth Circuit Stays Obama Administration’s New Clean Water Rule Nationwide

On October 9, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit stayed the implementation of the Clean Water Rule (the Final Rule) nationwide. The Final Rule defines “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), a threshold term...more

10/15/2015 - Clean Water Act Clean Water Rule EPA Proposed Legislation Stays Subject Matter Jurisdiction US Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the United States

California Adopts Comprehensive Groundwater Basin Adjudication Law

California enacts basin adjudication statutes with the goal of reducing uncertainty, costs and time of water rights litigation. On October 9, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1390 (Alejo) and SB 226...more

10/13/2015 - Cal Code of Civil Procedure Department of Water Resources Groundwater New Legislation SGMA Water Rights

Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction Blocking the Obama Administration’s New Clean Water Rule From Taking Effect

On August 27, 2015, the US District Court for the District of North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction against implementation of the Clean Water Rule (the Final Rule). The Final Rule defines Waters of the United States...more

9/4/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act Clean Water Rule EPA Federal Jurisdiction Final Rules Preliminary Injunctions Rulemaking Process US Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the United States

Proposed Rule from US Department of the Interior Increases Pressure on Coal Mining Industry

On July 27, 2015, the US Department of the Interior, through its Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), proposed to revise regulations adopted under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of...more

7/31/2015 - Coal Mines Comment Period Department of the Interior Endangered Species Act Groundwater Mining Proposed Regulation Water Watershed

EPA and Army Corps Issue Final Rule to Govern Federal Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

Those currently or potentially subject to Clean Water Act regulation should plan for expanded federal jurisdiction upon implementation of the Clean Water Rule’s broad new definition of “waters of the United...more

6/11/2015 - Clean Water Act EPA Federal Jurisdiction Final Rules Nexus US Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the United States

Governor Brown Orders California’s First Mandatory Water Restrictions

On Wednesday April 1, 2015, in the wake of the state’s four-year drought and a winter that brought record-low snowfalls, Governor Brown issued an executive order mandating statewide water use restrictions for the first time...more

4/6/2015 - Drought Emergency Response Executive Orders Jerry Brown Water Water Conservation

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