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Clean Water Act NPDES

The Clean Water Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1972 to reduce levels of toxic substances in the nation's water supply and to prevent high levels of new contamination.  The CWA seeks to... more +
The Clean Water Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1972 to reduce levels of toxic substances in the nation's water supply and to prevent high levels of new contamination.  The CWA seeks to accomplish its stated goals by preventing point and nonpoint pollution sources, assisting wastewater treatment facilities and maintaining wetlands. less -

Water Quality Trading Case Studies: Association of Clean Water Administrators Announces State Database

The Association of Clean Water Administrators (“ACWA”) announced it is accumulating water quality trading case studies on its website. ACWA describes itself as a national, nonpartisan, professional organization whose...more

Challenge to NPDES Permit Conditions: Union County, Arkansas Chemical Manufacturing Facility Request for Adjudicatory Hearing...

El Dorado Chemical Company (“EDCC”) filed a September 27th Request for Adjudicatory Hearing before the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission. The request addresses a Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Faulkner County, Arkansas Wastewater Treatment Facility...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Waste Water Management, Inc. (“WWMI”) entered into a Consent Administrative Order (‘CAO”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean Water Act National Pollution...more

Trump Administration Rulemaking Process to Redefine Scope of Clean Water Act – How Your Company Can Participate

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

One of the most difficult and costly aspects of developing mining projects in the United States is the permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Trump administration is currently undertaking a rulemaking...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Garland County School Districts Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Jessieville School District and Fountain Lake School District (collectively, “District”) entered into an August 30th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”)...more

U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board Petition for Review: Land & Cattle Company August 22nd Challenge to New Mexico City/Village's...

The Rio Hondo Land & Cattle Company (“Rio Hondo”) filed an August 22nd Petition for Review (“Petition”) before the United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Appeals Board challenging certain terms and...more

New Groundwater Contamination Case: TVA Ordered To Excavate Large Quantities of Coal Ash Waste

On August 4, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee issued a very significant ruling in the case of Tennessee Clean Water Network, et al., v. Tennessee Valley Authority. The District Court has ordered...more

Advanced Approaches to Stormwater Runoff Management Through Green Infrastructure

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Green infrastructure refers to, among other things, the utilization of sustainable forestry and agriculture as elements of a cost-effective compliance strategy for meeting the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System...more

Meet the New WOTUS. Same as the Old WOTUS.

Earlier this week, EPA and the ACOE began implementing the Trump administration’s efforts to deconstruct the Obama rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. EPA and the ACOE submitted for Federal...more

Riverkeeper Groups Still Seeking to Remove ADEM Authority over NPDES Permits

In a continuation of an ongoing battle, seven environmental groups (Cahaba Riverkeeper, Choctawatchee Riverkeeper, Friends of Hurricane Creek, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Friends of the Locust Fork River, Alabama Rivers...more

House Passes Pesticide Spraying Legislation

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On May 24, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, by 256-165 vote. H.R. 953, which is similar to bills introduced in the past three congresses, would overturn a...more

Can Discharges to Groundwater Trigger Clean Water Act Liability

by Williams Mullen on

It’s a bad day when you find out that your facility has been leaking wastewater, wastes, petroleum product or chemicals. But if the leak went into the soil and the groundwater first, rather than a nearby creek, are you liable...more

Client Alert: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Seek to Compel U.S. EPA to act on Ohio EPA’s Submission of its List of...

On April 25, 2017, the National Wildlife Federation, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Lake Erie Charter Boat Association, Lake Erie Foundation, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, and Ohio Environmental Council (NGOs) filed a...more

CWA Citizen Suit Dismissed Where Plaintiffs Failed to Allege “Conveyance of Pollutants Into Navigable Waters

On April 20, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Anderson Division, dismissed the plaintiffs’ Clean Water Act (CWA) Citizen Suit which alleged that the defendant pipeline operators had violated the CWA...more

EPA’s Water Transfers Rule Resurrected, but For How Long?

by Williams Mullen on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently resurrected EPA’s embattled Water Transfers Rule (“WTR”) in a case particularly important to municipal water suppliers and others engaged in interbasin...more

Executive Order That Seeks to Undo Obama Administration's "Waters of the United States" Rule Has More Limited Immediate Impacts

by Nossaman LLP on

Debate and uncertainty regarding the extent of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act will continue under the Executive Order. On February 28, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order entitled “Restoring...more

Implications of “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) Rule Rollback for Pesticide Permitting

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

President Trump’s February 28, 2017, Executive Order (E.O.) directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to rescind and replace the Clean Water Rule (CWR) is the latest...more

Fourth Circuit Upends NPDES Permit Shield

by Williams Mullen on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently upheld a lower court’s determination that a West Virginia mining company was not shielded from liability by its NPDES permit. The mining company’s permit...more

Discharge Permits Not Required to Transfer Water: Court Upholds EPA Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a long-awaited ruling confirming the legality of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA’s”) Water Transfers Rule in Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout...more

Second Circuit Upholds Water Transfers Rule

On January 18, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the lower court and held that EPA’s 2008 promulgation of the “Water Transfers Rule” (Rule) published in the Federal Register at 73 FR 33697 on June 13,...more

Second Circuit Upholds EPA’s Water Transfers Rule

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Transfers Rule last week. Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited, et al. v. EPA, et al. 14-1823, 14-1909,...more

Early January Environmental Odds And Ends

“The old order changeth, yielding place to new.” January 2017 has been a very active month, with several important environmental and federal administrative court rulings being issued, and many significant rules being proposed...more

Fourth Circuit: CWA Permit Shield Requires Compliance with Incorporated Quality Standards

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

A recent Fourth Circuit decision will have wastewater dischargers taking a closer look at their NPDES permits and state water quality standards. The court of appeals held, in Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition v. Fola Coal...more

New circuit split raises questions about ‘permit shield’ defense in Clean Water Act cases

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Can a discharger violate a general narrative state water quality standard incorporated into its national pollutant discharge elimination system (“NPDES”) permit when the permit does not contain specific numeric effluent...more

U.S. EPA Chooses Flexible Approach to Stormwater General Permit for Small Communities

by PretiFlaherty on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a final rule revising the regulations governing how small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) obtain coverage under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination...more

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