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EPA Plays Defense in Mine Disaster

EPA finds itself in unfamiliar territory as the agency defends its involvement in a multi-state environmental disaster. In 2015, a contractor acting under EPA’s supervision used an excavator to dig away tons of rock and...more

UPDATE: Court’s Tentative Decision Sides in Favor of DOGGR in CBD’s Wastewater Injection Lawsuit

Update: September 26, 2016 - On September 21, 2016, the Honorable George C. Hernandez, Jr. issued the final Statement of Decision, which affirmed the tentative decision denying all claims for relief. The court denied...more

Court’s Tentative Decision Sides in Favor of DOGGR in CBD’s Wastewater Injection Lawsuit

As reported in a previous blog post, Earthjustice, on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”), filed a lawsuit against the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) in May 2015. The...more

Water P3s Now on Tap in South Florida

Florida was an early pioneer in the United States of the public-private partnership (“P3”) model as a means of funding infrastructure improvements. In South Florida alone, we have the Florida Atlantic University dormitory,...more

Wastewater Treatment Becomes Another Area for Public-Private Partnership

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has extended its agreement with Veolia North America to manage and operate its collection and wastewater treatment system under a 10-year, $500 million contract, according to this...more

They Blew Us Off – Insights into the State of New Mexico’s Suits Against the EPA and the State of Colorado

While speaking at a recent conference on natural resource damages, the Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department, Ryan Flynn, outlined New Mexico’s grievances against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”)...more

Murky Waters Following the Gold King Mine Spill

In the wake of actions taken on August 5, 2015 by contractors for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that resulted in the Gold King Mine Spill, western states that rely on water from the Animas River, the...more

2016 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

Carlton Fields’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2016 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2016 Regular Session of the Florida...more

Municipalities, Farmers, and Manufacturers Targeted by EPA's New Enforcement Initiatives

Municipalities and those involved in animal feeding and food manufacturing operations take heed: heightened EPA scrutiny is coming your way!...more

New PA Law Gives Boost to Investor-Owned Acquisitions of Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems

Action Item: A new Pennsylvania law makes the Commonwealth a much friendlier place for investor-owned water utilities to acquire municipally-owned water and wastewater facilities. Act 12 of 2016 mitigates the risk that the...more

Recent Developments in the Gold King Mine Spill

On Tuesday, May 4, 2016, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs chair, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), and committee member, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) formally requested a federal criminal investigation into the Gold King Mine...more

Pennsylvania’s New Law for Valuing Acquired Municipal/Authority Water and Wastewater Systems

On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 12 of 2016 (Act 12) into law. Among other things, Act 12 revises Chapter 13 of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Code (the Code) to provide a framework for...more

“A Lot of Ingredients” in This Year’s WRDA

As Congress works to complete a Water Resources Development Act for 2016 (“WRDA 2016”) before the summer Congressional recess, stakeholders with an interest in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) civil works projects,...more

EPA Can Withold Certain Wastewater Data from the Public

On March 29, 2016, a federal judge ruled that the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) exemption for “confidential business information” (“CBI”) can cover wastewater discharge information collected by the United States...more

EPA Enforcement Initiatives Renew and Expand Industrial Target Priorities

EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance recently proposed changes to its National Program Manager (NMP) Guidance that, in part, would revise EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) for federal fiscal...more

Environmental Notes - April 2016

EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance recently proposed changes to its National Program Manager (NMP) Guidance that, in part, would revise EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) for federal fiscal...more

EPA Covers Zirconization under Metal Finishing Effluent Limitation Guidelines

On April 11, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memorandum entitled "Coverage for ZirconizationTM Under 40 CFR Part 433 (Metal Finishing ELG)," which concludes that "wastewater generated by...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - Green Buildings are good for the environment, occupants, and the bottom line - CBRE - Apr 14 - Green buildings are good for the environment—that is well known. But what benefits...more

Maryland Appellate Court Holds Economic Loss Doctrine Bars Contractor’s Tort Claims Against Government’s Design Professional on...

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. v. Rummel Klepper & Kahl, LLP, 226 Md. App. 420, 130 A.3d 1024, 2016 Md. App. LEXIS 3 ( Md. Ct. Spec. App. Jan. 28, 2016) The City of Baltimore retained a design professional, Rummel...more

Gas Company May Challenge Local Ordinance Prohibiting Deposit of Flowback Water into Underground Injection Wells

A Federal Magistrate Judge in Pennsylvania has ruled that an oil and gas exploration company may challenge a township ordinance that makes it unlawful to deposit flowback water into underground injection wells within the...more

Options to Help Oklahoma Alleviate Its Emerging Oilfield Water Crisis

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has restricted injection well activity over a combined zone of nearly 10,000 square miles—approximately the size of Massachusetts (Exhibit 1). In Central Oklahoma, the OCC seeks to reduce...more

Chesapeake Bay TMDL Here to Stay

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to consider an appeal challenging EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL), thereby bringing to an end the contentious years-long litigation over its legality. The Court’s...more

To “SIB” or Not to “SIB” – That Is the Question on How to Timely Fund Necessary Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Survey showed that $271 billion is needed for the Nation’s Wastewater Infrastructure, including for investor-owned utilities regulated by state public utility commissions....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - State Water Project deliveries to cities and farms increased SFGate - Feb 24 With a bit more snow in the Sierra than in years past, California officials on Wednesday boosted the...more

White House Completes Review of Wastewater Barge Pre-Rule

The Obama administration has completed its review of the Coast Guard’s pre-rule on the bulk transport of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations. The pre-rule itself has not been released, but its title (“Carriage of...more

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