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Discharge of Pollutants/Clean Water Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Request for Comments Addressing Groundwater/Surface...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a February 20 Federal Register Notice requesting comments on the agency’s previous statements regarding the Clean Water Act and: . . . whether pollutant...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (Newton County, Arkansas): Ozark Society, Inc. Intervention in Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology...

The Ozark Society, Inc. and three individuals filed a January 26th Motion to Intervene and Request for Hearing (“Motion”) in C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (“C&H”) Request for Adjudicatory Hearing and Commission Review...more

The maturation of the duty to consult: Top ten developments of 2017 in Canadian Aboriginal law

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2017 in Canadian Aboriginal law proved to be a watershed moment for the Crown’s duty to consult, with the confluence of a number of high-profile appellate decisions—including a new trilogy of consultation cases from the...more

Trump Administration Seeks to Scale Back Environmental Requirements for Infrastructure Projects

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The Trump Administration is proposing to revise federal environmental requirements and procedures in order to streamline the permitting and approval processes for infrastructure projects....more

Draft 408 Guidance imminent; USACE Webinars Scheduled

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Happy New Year!!!!!! Yes, it is actually February, but it is a new year for this blog as we turn our attention to a world full of flood risk reduction actions in the second year of the Trump Administration. We are hearing...more

Supreme Court Makes Jurisdictional Determination on Clean Water Act Rule - EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Act to Delay Rule...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously – on narrow procedural grounds – that the courts of appeals do not have original jurisdiction to hear challenges to the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Obama Administration's 2015 rule...more

Natural Resources Agency Launches CEQA Guidelines Rulemaking

The Natural Resources Agency has initiated formal rulemaking for a comprehensive update to the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines. The proposed CEQA Guidelines amendments are the most comprehensive update...more

The Dusky Gopher Frog is Heading to the United States Supreme Court

by Liskow & Lewis on

In July 2017, Weyerhaeuser Company, a Louisiana landowner and timber lessee, filed a Petition for a writ of certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“FWS”)...more

Supreme Court Rules WOTUS Challenges Properly Before Federal District Courts

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

In an important procedural decision, a unanimous United States Supreme Court ruled that challenges to the 2015 Obama-era rule re-defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act were properly before...more

Fourth District Rejects CEQA Challenge To MND For Small Rural High School Project Based On Challenger’s Failure To Exhaust...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a lengthy opinion filed December 20, 2017, and belatedly ordered published on January 8, 2018, the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division 1, affirmed the trial court’s judgment denying a writ petition asserting CEQA and...more

Clean Sweep for City of San Diego in Challenge to Approval of Private School

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On December 20, 2017, the Fourth District Court of Appeal delivered a solid win for the City of San Diego in a multi-faceted challenge to its approval of a private school pursuant to a Mitigated Negative Declaration (“MND”)....more

Nutrient Criteria/Clean Water Act: Ozark Waters Article Notes Missouri Clean Water Commission Adoption

The January edition of the Ozarks Water Watch publication Ozark Waters references the recent adoption by the Missouri Clean Water Commission (“Commission”) of Clean Water Act nutrient criteria for Missouri lakes and streams....more

Self-Insurance for Companies with Multiple Cleanup Liabilities Presents Financial and Environmental Risks for EPA and the Public:...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a December 22nd report titled: Self-Insurance for Companies with Multiple Cleanup Liabilities Presents Financial and...more

Storm Water Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and El Dorado, Arkansas Petroleum Products Distribution...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and RelaDyne HOC (“RH”) entered into a December 4th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of the Clean Water Act National Pollution...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #3

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Focus - Trump to open the door for oil drilling off U.S.’s East Coast - Bloomberg - Dec 11 The Trump administration is preparing to unveil an expansive offshore oil plan that would open the door to selling new drilling...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Hot Springs, Arkansas Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Westwood Village Sewer Facilities Board (“Board”) entered into an October 23rd Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean Water...more

New Source Review/Clean Air Act: December 7th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Memorandum Addressing...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator E. Scott Pruitt issued a December 7th guidance memorandum titled: New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting Requirements: Enforceability and Use of...more

Waters of the United States/Clean Water Act: Association of State Wetland Managers Comments on Jurisdictional Definition

The Association of State Wetland Managers (“ASWM”) submitted November 28th comments on the Clean Water Act definition of “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”). The November 28th comments were submitted in response to the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #2

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Lawsuit challenges President’s authority to shrink Bears Ears National Monument - The Salt Lake Tribune - Dec 7 A coalition of American Indian tribes, recreation interests including the outdoor clothing manufacturer...more

Asbestos Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Jonesboro, Arkansas Construction Firm Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Shannon Kee Construction, LLC (“SKC”) entered into a November 15th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of Arkansas Pollution Control...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017

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Focus - Groups file lawsuit to undo Trump administration’s approval of Cadiz project - San Bernardino Sun - Nov 28 Three conservation and health safety groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the...more

Underground Storage Tank Enforcement: Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Administrative Law Judge Order Addressing...

Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Charles Moulton issued a November 15th Order addressing a Notice of Violation (“NOV”) by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality...more

SANDAG RTP/SCS EIR Redux: Is Fourth District’s Published Opinion on Remand Constructive CEQA Compliance Lesson or Moot Exercise?

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When it comes to CEQA cases, some courts don’t seem to know when to stop beating a dead horse. So it may be with the Fourth District Court of Appeal’s 43-page, published, 2-1 majority decision, accompanied by a 4-page...more

U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board: Fairhaven, Massachusetts Petition Challenging NPDES Permit Nitrogen Limit

The Town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts (“Fairhaven”) filed an October 27th Petition for Review before the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Environmental Appeals Board (“EAB”). Fairhaven is challenging...more

Animal Waste Emissions from Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA, under the guns of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

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Introduction - Let me be Captain Obvious here. When the title is that long, the topic, including its context and history, is convoluted. Let’s start at the end, work our way toward the beginning, and come full circle. On...more

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