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Water Infrastructure: The Current State of Funding and Considerations for Private Investors

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Almost a decade ago, EPA estimated the needed investment in our domestic water and wastewater infrastructure at approximately $105 billion; today it is estimated at over $600 billion. There is no indication thus far that the...more

What To Do If A Municipality Denies Your Act 537 Planning Module Update

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Nothing can stop a development project faster than a Pennsylvania municipality denying a developer’s Act 537 planning module for wastewater management. If the municipality refuses a developer’s plan to connect to public sewer...more

No Mandatory Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies for Proposition 218 Challenge - California Court of Appeal Allows Challenge to...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A ratepayer is not required to file a written protest or appear at a public hearing for the adoption of new or increased property-related fees prior to filing a legal challenge to those fees, a California Court of Appeal...more

To Disclose or Not to Disclose? D.C. Circuit Resolves Clash Between FOIA’s Exemption 4 and Section 308 of the Clean Water Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently issued a significant decision addressing the interplay between a confidentiality provision in the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), known as “Exemption 4,” and a...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California, six other states challenge EPA over farm pesticide - San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 9 - Attorneys General of California and six other states, in an administrative...more

Gold King Mine: In It For The Long Haul

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Gold King Mine was in the news this week – by way of a reminder, the Gold King Mine wastewater release occurred from an inactive Colorado gold mine near Silverton, Colorado, back in August of 2015 and the impacts were...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

BB&K Government Relations Team Helps Client Secure Federal Grant for Water Project - Las Virgenes-Triunfo JPA Pure Water Project...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

With the assistance of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Government Relations team, including Senior Director of Governmental Affairs John Freshman in Washington, D.C., a client received almost $500,000 in federal funding for water...more

A Development in Earthquakes and Fracking

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Sierra Club v. Chesapeake Operating LLC et al is news more shocking than “Man Bites Dog”! A federal court has acknowledged that others are better equipped to address certain issues than the judiciary!...more

RLUIPA Round Up

The recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has brought renewed attention to the often blurry line between the courts, government and individual religious liberty. Gorsuch wrote a concurring opinion in the...more

EPA's WIFIA Program to Provide Credit Assistance for Water Infrastructure Projects - Construction Executive

With the Trump administration in full gear, hopes are high the new president and Congress will enact legislation supporting and expanding investment in U.S. infrastructure. While the two political parties may disagree on the...more

Amendments to the Aboveground Storage Tank Act to Become Law

House Bill 2811, amending the Aboveground Storage Tank ("AST") Act, previously passed the West Virginia House and Senate and then was signed by Governor Justice on April 4, 2017. Thus, the amendments to the AST Act included...more

Leave It to the States: Oklahoma Federal Court Dismisses Fracking Suit In Favor Of Administrative Regulation

by Liskow & Lewis on

On April 4, 2017, a federal district court dismissed a citizen-enforcement action under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act that could have profound impact on fracking suits against the oil and gas industry. In...more

District Court Invokes Burford Abstention and Primary Jurisdiction Doctrines to Dismiss RCRA Citizen Suit

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma has dismissed the Sierra Club’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) citizen suit, filed against several oil and gas producers seeking declaratory and...more

EPA Wastewater Settlement Highlights Industry Focused Enforcement Initiative

by Williams Mullen on

EPA and the Department of Justice recently settled a Clean Water Act enforcement action with EMD Millipore Corp. of Jaffrey, NH, by lodging a Consent Decree in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. The...more

Kern County Judge Grants Injunction, Blocking Blanket Enforcement of Oil Field Aquifer Exemption Regulations

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A reported in a prior blog post, the Western States Petroleum Association (“WSPA”) sued the California Department of Conservation and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (jointly, the “Department”) in Kern...more

Top Five Issues to Watch in Arizona Water Law

by Snell & Wilmer on

Drought on the Colorado River. Although the winter snowpack in the Rockies is off to a good start and California has seen heavy rainfall this winter, the drought in the southwest is not over. One wet season cannot overcome...more

Oregon Supreme Court Confirms Oregon RCRA and Related Rules Impose Strict Liability

On February 9, the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (OEQC) and the Oregon Court of Appeals that Oil Re-Refining Company (ORRCO) was strictly liable for “simple”...more

Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board Approves Second Extension to Malibu Septic Prohibition Deadlines

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On February 2, 2017, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (the Regional Board) approved a Revised Memorandum of Understanding (the 2017 MOU) between the City of Malibu (the City), the Regional Board, and the...more

Oil Industry Caught in “Catch-22” with New Wastewater Injection Approval Requirements; Files Suit Against California Agencies

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On January 19, 2017, three oil industry trade groups filed suit against the California Department of Conservation and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) (jointly “Department”) in Kern County Superior...more

$1 Billion in Credit Assistance Now Available from EPA’s New Water Infrastructure Program

On January 10, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $1 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act...more

80% of Oil and Gas Injection Wells under EPA Review Will Not be Shut-In on February 15

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As an update to our prior blog post, on January 17, 2017, the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) released a letter sent to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) of...more

Fracking, Earthquakes and Civil Authority

by Zelle LLP on

In last week’s post, we discussed the rapid development of the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) industry in the United States, and some of the innate risks presented by those operations. In particular, the post focused on a...more

EPA Publishes Study on the Impacts of Fracking on Drinking Water

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

Since the beginning of the fracking boom, the potential impact of fracking operations upon groundwater has been a hotly contested area. The most recent addition to the public debate is a new EPA report, entitled “Hydraulic...more

EPA Adopts the Dental Amalgam Rules

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In another rule aimed at small business, the EPA has just issued a rule for Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Category. The rule will add more federal compliance costs to already...more

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