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El Salvador Makes History and Bans All Mining - Will other countries follow?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On March 29, 2017, El Salvador’s legislature unanimously voted to ban all metallic mining, including for gold, in the Central American country. El Salvador is the first country in the world to impose a blanket ban on mining...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - April 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

San Francisco Ordinance Invalidated in Victory for Landlords - In Coyne v. City and County of San Francisco, No. A145044 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 21, 2017), the California Court of Appeal invalidated a San Francisco...more

New Forecast in California: An End to the Drought (For Now!) in Most Counties

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On April 7th, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order that lifts the drought emergency in fifty-four of the fifty-eight California counties. After six years of a prolonged drought in California, Executive Order B-40-17...more

Final California Water Conservation Plan and Proposed Legislation Released - Urban Water Suppliers Face Far-Reaching Consequences

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Urban water suppliers would face significant new requirements under water conservation and drought resiliency legislation proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation, released in the form of budget trailer bill language...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Eddie Lampert’s Sears mega-gamble appears to finally be catching up with him. Or the store, at least. Mr. Lampert, it seems, will come out not as worse for the wear as one might have expected....more

Public Trust Doctrine & Water Rights - The Walker Case: Does the Public Trust Doctrine Apply to Water Rights Established in...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A case currently pending in the Ninth Circuit raises a significant and novel issue of western water law. The case addresses whether the public trust doctrine can authorize modification of a water rights decree and...more

California to Require Domestic Water Suppliers to Test School Drinking Water for Lead

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The State Water Resources Control Board recently adopted an amendment to all Domestic Water Supply Permits it issues to public water systems that supply drinking water. The amendment requires domestic water suppliers for...more

State Water Board Releases Latest Round of Proposed Emergency Drought Regulations for California*

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The State Water Resources Control Board released this week a formal proposal to extend the emergency statewide drought regulations that have been in effect for California in various forms since early 2015. Cities, counties,...more

Supreme Court Special Master Recommends Denial of Florida Water Rights Complaint Against Georgia

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Florida and Georgia have been fighting for decades about flows in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River Basin (ACF Basin) that provide drinking water for the City of Atlanta, as well as water for agriculture in...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

Drought Emergency Regulations Extended Again

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite objections from many water suppliers that drought conditions have ended, the State Water Resources Control Board this week voted unanimously to extend emergency water conservation regulations throughout California....more

[Webinar] Come Rain or Come Shine, Conservation is a California Way of Life - February 23rd, 1:00pm PST

by Nossaman LLP on

Join Nossaman attorneys for a timely discussion of the impacts of record-setting winter storms on the statewide drought emergency and on the push to make conservation a “California Way of Life.” This webinar for CLE credit*...more

New Water Supply Planning Laws Affecting CEQA Projects Now in Effect

by Miller Starr Regalia on

New California legislation affecting the required water supply analyses that must be made for certain projects subject to CEQA (SB 1262) was signed into law by Governor Brown last fall, and is now effective as of January 1,...more

Illinois Enacts Law Requiring Schools to Lead Test Their Water Supply

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Earlier this week, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a new law requiring Illinois elementary schools and day care centers to test their drinking water sources for lead contamination and notify parents of the results of that...more

State Water Board Considering Extension to Drought Emergency Regulations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite plentiful rain and snow across much of California, the State Water Resources Control Board is considering extending its emergency drought regulations in early February. During a public workshop in Sacramento on...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - - Program Requirement Revisions Related to the Public Water System Supervision Programs for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont - EPA is giving notice that...more

New Flint Indictments Just in Time for the Holidays

by Burr & Forman on

On December 20, 2016, Michigan’s Attorney General announced additional indictments in the Flint water crisis. The indictments against two former emergency managers and two former City of Flint executives bring to 13 the...more

District of New Hampshire Denies Remand Under CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On November 30th, in Brown v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., United States District Judge Joseph Laplante of the District of New Hampshire denied plaintiffs’ motion to remand two related class action lawsuits based...more

Maine utility water supply inquiry

by PretiFlaherty on

As Maine utility regulators consider how drought and other factors affect water utility supplies, staff at the Maine Public Utilities Commission have again requested comments and information on water supply emergencies and...more

Final D.C. Groundwater Well Requirements Will Impact Many Property Owners

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on Oct. 28, 2016, published final rules governing the construction, maintenance and abandonment of wells. The new regulations became effective immediately...more

Endangered Fish v. Humans: The Fight Over Competing Water Needs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The struggle to allocate scarce water resources between endangered and threatened fish and humans is not new. But droughts in the Southwest, which lower stream flows, and population increases, which raise demand, have...more

Environmental Notes - November 2016

by Williams Mullen on

EPA has revised its procedures for making certain changes to its “Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods,” also known as SW-846. The test method and its compendium of guidance documents provide...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Species may be listed as threatened based on climate change projections, court says - Los Angeles Times - Oct 24 - Federal authorities may list a species as “threatened”...more

Connecticut Governor appoints State Cybersecurity Czar

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently appointed Democrat Arthur H. House the state’s first cybersecurity czar. House moves into the role after serving as the chairman of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for the past four...more

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