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New York's Highest Court Holds that Zoning Laws of New York Towns Banning Fracking Are Enforceable — A Brief Analysis of the Oral...

A non-profit, Food & Water Watch, reports that 421 measures against fracking have been passed by state and local governments and that communities across the nation are lobbying their local and state elected officials because...more

Water Resources Legislation Could Lead to Increase of U.S. Water P3s

President Obama recently signed into law the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The statute begins to address ways to fund the billions of dollars necessary to update the country’s drinking water...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus: Expanding the definition of "waters of the United States" – EPA's proposed new rule -- Allen Matkins - Apr 23: On April 21, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

State leads way on drinking water standard

On April 15, California became the first state in the nation to establish a drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium (Cr6). Prior to the new California standard, state and federal laws set drinking water standards for...more

Regional Stormwater Systems: How Should They Be Structured and Financed?

In the world of water and sewage, there are three general types of systems: A "water system" is for drinking water. Raw water is taken from a collection point (for example, a river, a lake or an underground aquifer)...more

California Finalizes Drinking Water Standard for Hexavalent Chromium

On April 15, 2014, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) submitted the Final Statement of Reasons for the Hexavalent Chromium Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) to the Office of Administrative Law. No significant...more

EPA issues draft permits for carbon sequestration

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the first draft permits for injecting and storing carbon dioxide in underground rock formations, which could advance carbon capture and sequestration efforts. ...more

EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And Drinking Water State...

First round of agency guidance provides key interpretations and details on draft waivers - On January 17, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (the “2014 Appropriations...more

Comprehensive Summary Of Final Senate Bill 373

On Saturday evening, March 8, after intense work and consideration of perhaps 100 or more amendments, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 373 ("SB 373"), which establishes sweeping new regulatory programs that...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - March 11, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - California lawmakers pass $687 billion drought plan -- San Francisco CBS Local - Feb 27: California lawmakers have passed a $687 million plan to provide immediate relief to...more

A "Diesel Fuel" by Any Other Name – EPA Narrows Definition of "Diesel Fuel" in Revised Hydraulic Fracturing Guidance

On February 12, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued long-awaited final guidance on permitting the use of diesel fuels in hydraulic fracturing operations. This guidance is important because any...more

Calif. To Make Waves With New Drinking Water Standard

On Dec. 17, 2013, Judge Evelio Grillo of the Alameda County Superior Court ordered the California Department of Public Health ("CDPH") to finalize regulations establishing drinking water standards for hexavalent chromium...more

California’s Governor Brown earmarks funds for Prop 65 regulations but the threat of unnecessary litigation remains

California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, finally has the attention of legislators and the governor’s office and is undergoing key changes. ...more

EPA Releases Final Guidance for Fracking Using Diesel Fuels

Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final Permitting Guidance for Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing Activities Using Diesel Fuels under its Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. The final...more

What Defense Counsel Can Learn From The W.Va. Spill

For the companies and their lawyers, the headlines were awful and kept getting worse: 300,000 people suffering without drinking water; changes in corporate ownership just days before the chemical spill; and accusations that a...more

EPA Releases Revised Guidance on Use of Diesel Fuels in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

On February 11, 2014, the EPA released its long awaited revised permitting guidance for wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. The guidance details the EPA’s view on how to implement provisions of...more

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on TSCA Sections 4 and 8

On February 4, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing entitled "Testing of Chemicals and Reporting and Retention of Information under TSCA Sections 4 and 8." This was...more

When a "Date Certain" for a Chromium 6 MCL isn't Exactly Certain

An Update on Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. California Department of Health - On Friday, January 24, 2014, pursuant to authorization provided in the Alameda County Superior Court's December 17, 2013 order...more

Protecting Your Insurance Rights As A Result of the West Virginia Chemical Leak

Last Thursday’s chemical leak in Charleston, West Virginia, has cut off water to nearly 300,000 people. Businesses in the area have been forced to close, and must remain closed until the city can decontaminate the water...more

Drinking Water Standards: How Fast is Fast Enough to Finalize the Chromium-6 MCL?

The race to adopt a final primary drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium ("Cr-6") is on. Exactly how long the California Department of Public Health ("DPH") has to complete its work to finalize the Cr-6 maximum...more

Court Orders California Department of Public Health to Issue Final Chromium-6 Regulations by Spring 2014

On December 17, 2013, Judge Evelio Grillo of the Alameda County Superior Court ordered the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to finalize regulations establishing drinking water standards for hexavalent chromium...more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News: October - 2013

In the October edition of Energy & Clean Technology Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your...more

Judge Upholds DOGGR's Application of UIC Fracking Exemption

Last week, a judge in Alameda County Superior Court denied the Center for Biological Diversity’s motion for summary judgment in a case arguing that DOGGR is obligated to regulate hydraulic fracturing activities under the...more

California Judiciary, not Governor, Leading Effort to Reign in Proposition 65 Abuse

Earlier this year, we reported on California Governor Edmund Brown's call for reform of the state's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 – better known as Proposition 65, the number of the ballot initiative...more

Ecology to hold public meetings on updates to human health criteria in Washington’s water quality standards

On September 12 and 16, 2013, Ecology will hold public meetings at its headquarters in Lacey, Washington regarding its rulemaking to update Washington’s surface water quality standards....more

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