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Is Selenium the Coal Industry’s Kryptonite? Citizen Groups Obtain Summary Judgment Based on Water Quality Criteria Exceedances

Last week, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and other NGOs obtained summary judgment that Alex Energy had violated both its NPDES permit and its Surface Mining Permits due to exceedances of the West Virginia water...more

Water, Water everywhere …

There were two court decisions this week regarding regulation of Maine rivers, one from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Watts v. BEP, and one federal, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay v. Hydro Kennebec, LLC. ...more

Supreme Court Affirms DEP Decision on Narrative Water Quality Standards

The West Virginia Supreme Court has affirmed a decision by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) regarding interpretation of narrative water quality standards. The Supreme Court affirmed a lower...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - California drought: plan would reverse aqueduct flow to send water back to farms: San Jose Mercury News - May 8: Water has flowed from Northern California's snow-capped peaks to the...more

How SB 4 Will End Up Taxing the Oil and Gas Industry and Even California's Consumers: Looming Fee Hikes Will Cover State Water...

Most of the media has been consumed with talk of a proposed severance tax on oil and gas production, but meanwhile in Sacramento another tax on oil and gas production is being poised to take effect -- funding requests to...more

NJ Enacts Law Extending Time For Adoption Of WQM Plans To Avoid Withdrawal Of Sewer Service Areas

On January 16, 2014, Gov. Christie signed legislation (A-4531) that provides additional time for county planning agencies to submit regional water quality management (WQM) plans to the New Jersey Department of Environmental...more

Virginia Environmental Regulatory Developments (December 2013)

The regulatory action (i) updates current remediation levels and sampling and analysis methods; (ii) improves reporting and notification requirements; (iii) clarifies eligibility, application, registration fee, and...more

Low Impact Development’s Supersized Stamp on California Storm Water Regulation

Without much fanfare, low impact development (“LID”) practices have become a dominant trend in federal and California storm water regulation. The California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) and the Regional...more

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